Abandoned at sea, cargo crew walked without wages, fuel or consumables: look at the news


Today we return to one of our favorite episodes of the year.

captain Ayyappan Swaminathan In January 2017 he went from his home in South India to work on a boat in the Gulf. He told his daughter he’d be back soon. Two years later, however, he was still on board MV Azraqmoiah after wage disputes. His crew claimed they owed them tens of thousands of pounds, and were now deteriorating with declining supplies as conditions on board deteriorated.

The Guardian reporter Karen McVeighwho followed this story, he said Anushka Asthana it was far from an isolated case: thousands of other sailors were similarly abandoned by their employers around the world. revolution Andy Bowerman, Director of the Middle East and Southeast Asia Seafarers Mission, who recently visited MV Azrakmoiah with fresh supplies and added phone cards, described the terrible conditions on a ship stuck six miles off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Photo: Courtesy of Human Rights at Sea

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