Shocking report shows plight of stranded Indian crew

Shocking report shows plight of stranded Indian crew

An 18-page harrowing report from Human Rights at Sea highlights the plight of another stranded crew. The Indian men working onboard the handy bulker Liberty Prrudencia were left stranded off Zhoushan, China since November. The ship is owned by Kolkata-based Liberty Marine Syndicate who owe a total of $148,465.25 in back wages to the seafarers.

Conditions onboard are described as dire and there are even allegations of assault by the master, with the second officer telling the charity he was hit with a golf club.

“All crew are living in their freezing cabins. There is also no hot water supply on board, we are using a heating rod to warm the water so that crew can get hot water from there,” the third officer wrote in the report. “The crew is getting sick due to cold weather and skin problems,” he added.

The owners are trying to force the crew to sign off with just one month’s pay, not the four months owed.

The full report can be accessed here.

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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