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Shipping hears about plight of abandoned seafarers in Aberdeen

From Hellenic Shipping News:

Members of the maritime community, including International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Kitack Lim, heard first-hand about the plight of a group of abandoned seafarers in Aberdeen, Scotland, and how seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is supporting them.

The Indian crew from the Malaviya Seven offshore supply ship were last paid in July 2016 and are owed more than $650,000 in unpaid wages. The vessel was detained after routine checks revealed the seafarers had not been paid.

“The seafarers’ predicament not only affects them, it also affects their families back home who have food, living accommodation and other costs to pay,” AoS Aberdeen port chaplain Doug Duncan told a gathering at AoS’ reception on board the HQS Wellington in London on June 28th.

The event was held to coincide with Seafarers UK’s annual Seafarers Awareness Week and IMO’s Day of the Seafarer.

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