The Turkish controlled bulk carrier Karaagac was arrested Friday on the orders of the Madras High Court for failure to pay its crew and the questionable seaworthiness of the vessel.
The Panamanian flagged ship was deemed not seaworthy by local port state control while the $59,000 in salary arrears owed over the past three months moved the International Transport Federation to also act against the ship.
The ship which arrived in Indian on Wednesday from Chittagong has problems with its ballast system, water ingress system, fire alarm, navigational equipment and lifeboats.
Some of the crew said the poor state of the ship had led to injuries.
The ship is owned by Istanbul-based Great Alliance Shipping.