Varun Shipping hit by another case of crew abandonment

Varun Shipping hit by another case of crew abandonment

Not for the first time India’s Varun Shipping has been shamed by its failure to look after its crew.

Reuters is reporting that crew on the Amba Bhakti tanker, stranded off Shanghai, have not been paid since February. The crew hail from India and Bangladesh and are now owed tens of thousands of dollars.

The ship has been moored off Shanghai for the past three years and its engines are now in urgent need of repair.

Struggling Varun has history when it comes to crew neglect. In 2014, for instance, the Indian owner left two ship’s crews to fend for themselves for many months off Dubai.

The Mission to Seafarers, a UK charity, is challenging charterers to avoid using companies that have mistreated crew in the past, while asking port authorities to ensure that vessels have the necessary financial securities in place before allowing them into port. Cases of crew abandonment are spiking as the shipping downturn stretches on and on.

Earlier this month, Reverend Ken Peters from the Mission to Seafarers blasted the rise in the incidents of abandonment as “an indictment on those substandard operators who bring the rest of the shipping industry into disrepute”.

“The human tragedy caused is desperate,” Peters told Splash, adding: “The lack of food, water and fuel makes a ‘dead ship’ a health hazard and unfit for human habitation yet seafarers are caught as the victims, often of financial mismanagement and not of their own making.”

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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2 Comments

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    Brian R. McCaughrin
    August 30, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Good Day: Where are the Vessel Management Firms, The Banks?? Why are they not looking into this terrible crime, Yes I, said CRIME. This is Crime when Varun Shipping Ltd, leave Your Crew Members on a Ship with out Fuel, Proper Food, & Heat for Six (6)Months. How disgracefully. Varun Shipping, Should Be Black Listed, Banks, Should Strip All of Their Ships from them, & Be Bared From Ever Sailing, Anything, Anywhere in the World!

  2. Sam Chambers
    Sam Chambers
    August 30, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Hi Brian — we’re working on the black list … watch this space