Le­gal rul­ing means stranded crew can sell ves­sel and re­turn home

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad -

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.”

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