Plight of Malaviya Seven crew continues as auctioneer withdraws ship from sale

A solitary lowball bid for a detained OSV in Aberdeen yesterday saw an auctioneer cancel the ship’s sale, in the process prolonging the anguish of the crew and families of the Malaviya Seven who are owed many months of back pay.

Bust GOL Offshore owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries to staff both ashore and at sea.
One of its ships, the Malaviya Seven OSV, has been detained in Scotland for a year with six of the crew still onboard after more than 16 months.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said the 24 crew of the vessel were owed more than £600,000 in total.

The auctioneer withdrew the vessel from sale yesterday after only receiving a bid of £300,000.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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