Legal ruling means stranded crew can sell vessel and return home
A SHIP’S crew, who have been stuck in Aberdeen harbour for more than a year due to non-payment of wages, could soon be on their way home.
The 12 Indian seafarers on the Malaviya Seven offshore vessel have been stranded in the North-east since last June when a routine inspection revealed they had not been paid for months. Despite being desperate to return home to their families in Mumbai, leaving Aberdeen would have meant they could lose the £613,000 in wages they were owed by the Indian firm GOL Offshore, which is now in liquidation. Since becoming stranded, the men have been involved in a legal battle for the right to sell the vessel to recoup their pay.
Now, at Aberdeen Civil Court, Sheriff William Summers has approved a motion that their ship can be sold at auction.
The sale will be advertised in advance and then overseen by a sheriff clerk. The ship’s captain Ashish Prabhakar said he felt very positive after the ruling but pointed out that there are still a few weeks to go before the first of his crew will be able to go home. He added: “We’re all very happy that this is nearly at an end.”