The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation), which is assisting the crews of the Malaviya Seven and Twenty in Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth, UK, announced today that the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) has detained the Malaviya Seven at the Federation’s request.
The detention, which was put in place on Wednesday afternoon, is over wages owed to the replacement crew of the vessel. It comes despite warnings from the ITF that unless all crew members were paid it would assist the crews to arrest the vessel – see https://goo.gl/ZeCY66 for details. The ITF has managed to secure wages for most crew members, but had put the company on notice that all must be paid or it would take further action.
ITF UK and Ireland coordinator Ken Fleming stated: “We have repeatedly made it clear that we won’t stop until everyone gets what is owing to them. The company now has until 15October to pay or we will move to have the Malaviya Seven arrested. The same applies to the Malaviya Twenty in Great Yarmouth.”
Meanwhile in Great Yarmouth ITF inspector Paul Keenan has presented the MCA with evidence that on the Malaviya Twenty, four crew members who remained on the vessel have not been paid since July, three crew who were signed off have not been paid despite assurances given by the company to the MCA, and nine new crew have not been paid in August. In the light of these infringements of the Maritime Labour Convention the ITF has asked the MCA to reinspect the ship and then reinstate the detention which was lifted following the company’s now failed promises of action.