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Seafarer Abandonment

Every year, the ITF and its affiliates deal with a number of cases of ‘abandonment’, where a shipowner ‘abandons’ their responsibilities for the ship and its crew.

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) states that abandonment occurs when a shipowner;

  • fails to cover the cost of the seafarer’s repatriation; or
  • has left the seafarer without the necessary maintenance and support; or
  • has otherwise unilaterally severed their ties with the seafarer including failure to pay contractual wages for a period of at least two months’

When this happens, the ITF Seafarers' Support team and our team of Inspectors will try their best to repatriate the crew and recover any outstanding wages.

All of the cases listed here have been reported to the International Labour Organization’s Abandonment of Seafarers database which provides further details, and also provides information on cases reported by governments and other organisations.

Get in touch about abandonment:

  • If you’re a seafarer, and you think your ship may have been abandoned, you should contact ITF Seafarer Support
  • If you’re a journalist interested in learning more about one or several of these abandonment cases, please contact the ITF’s media team
Vessel Name IMO Flag Port Country Owed Wages Seafarers Nationalities Reported to ITF Sort ascending Status
LADY SEMA 9233624 Panama Ghent Belgium tbc 20 Azerbaijan, Turkey, Ukraine Open
LEV TAIFUN 8650382 German Bremerhaven Germany 3 months 2 Russia Open
LEV TORNADO 7725453 German Bremerhaven Germany 3 months 4 Montenegro, Philippines, Ukraine Open
LEV TWISTER 8302088 German Bremerhaven Germany 3 months 10 Latvia, Philippines, Ukraine Open
PSD 104 9191802 Tanzania Durban South Africa tbc 8 India, Pakistan Open
GUARDIANS 9165451 Panama Freetown Sierra Leone 3 months 13 Indonesia, Myanmar, Nigeria Open
LEBBIE 4682894 Gambia Yokohama Japan tbc 11 Sri Lanka Open
KARLA FAYE 7237511 Uruguay Montevideo Uruguay 12 months 2 Russia, Ukraine Open
OCEANIC 500 9559145 Barbados Dayyer Iran 2 months 99 India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine Open
A M ALPIT 9563079 Equatorial Guinea Male Maldives 5 months 9 India, Indonesia Open
KOUBIA 8606733 Guinea Las Palmas Canary Islands 9 months 9 Russia, Ukraine Open
OCEAN GREEN 9231028 Panama Kandla India 2 months 10 India, Indonesia Open
AFFINITY 9522570 Palau Al Jazeera UAE 3 months 8 Indonesia, Myanmar Open
FTM 23 9598385 Marshall Islands Lagos Nigeria 2 months 12 Indonesia Open
YANGTZE FORTUNE 9336282 Liberia Portland Australia 2 months 36 Philippines Open
TERESA 9175016 St Vincent & the Grenadines Cristobal Panama 2 months 8 Uruguay, Venezuela Open
NEPHEL 9513361 Moldova Bandarr Abbas Iran 2 months 6 India, Iran Open
ARIANA 9500132 Panama Bandar Abbas Iran 4 months 21 Yemen Open
OSCAR 8213445 Comoros Um Al Quwain UAE 3 years 10 India, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria Open
LAVINIA 7221469 Unknown Dakar Senegal 8 months 8 Cameroon, Togo Open
BADR 9356426 Libya Burgas anchorage Bulgaria 5 months 15 Ukraine Open
ZIRIS 9804162 St. vincent & the Grenadines Asaluyah Iran 3 months 7 Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Syris Open
ARUN 5 8732001 Unknown Kharg Island Iran 10 months 9 Iran, Pakistan Open
NIBA 9046784 Panama Khor Fakkan UAE 4 months 24 Azerbaijan, Philippines, Ukraine Open
OCEAN TRADER 9056739 Comoros Jebel Ali UAE 9 months 14 India Open
OCEAN CENTURY 9435650 St. Kitts & Nevis Sharjah UAE 4 months 10 India, Indonesia Open
OCEAN FLUORITE 9345051 St Kitts & Nevis Sharjah anchorage UAE 3 months 1 Indian Open
SAMED 9415375 Panama Assaluyeh Iran 5 months 10 Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Philippines Open
JEDDAH PALACE I 7721146 Unknown Jeddah Saudi Arabia 5 months 12 Sudan, Syria Open
ONDA 8912467 Guyana Dakar Senegal 7 months 4 Cameoon, Lebanon, Nigeia, Syria Open
PSL TIGER 9153123 Tanzania Jelel Ali UAE 6 months 6 India Open
ARCHIMEDES 7610426 Angola Nouadhibou Mauritania $552,545 58 Russia, Ukraine Open
RAH GOSHAYAN 7806221 Iran Bushehr Iran 14 months 3 India, Pakistan Open
HL HANNA 9252826 Panama Bandar Abbas Iran 16 months 16 Iran Open
MANTRA 8708660 Bahamas Balboa Anchorage Panama 2 months 19 Colombia, Georgia, India, Panama, Philippines, Ukraine Open
GLOBAL HAWK 9422859 Cook Islands Suakin Sudan $40,880 12 India Open
SEDRATA 9557795 Algeria Antwerp Belgium 2 months 16 Algeria Open
HUNTER 8721155 Belize Las Palmas Spain tbc 22 Russian, Ukraine Open
MERMAID 9330020 St Kitts & Nevis Al Hamriyah UAE 3 months 20 Georgia, India, Russia, Ukraine Open
SEA SAPPHIRE Tanzania Sharjah UAE 10 months 5 India, Philippines Open
OCEAN EXPLORER 9303637 Panama Mumbai India 5 months 19 Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Syria, Tanzania Open
NOVA CALEDONIA 8518807 Congo Novadhibou Mauritania 2 months 20 Congo, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Ukraine Open
KONYUI Cameroon Dakar Senegal 7 months 9 Ghana, Guiena, Iran, Sierra Leone, Ukraine Open
AL WAKRA 7715991 Tanzania Khalid Port UAE $72,000 14 India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria Open
CUTETA 8605935 Angola Dakar Senegal 12 months 35 Guinea Bissau, Angola, Cape Verde, Cuba Open
MWANI QATAR 4 9105011 Qatar Doha Qatar 4 months 7 Bangladesh, Pakistan, Syria Open
AL MAHA 9053816 Palau Sohar OLP anchorage Oman $65,798 14 India, Ukriane Open
GAS ROMA 9046784 Panama Khor Fakkan UAE 3 months 25 Latvia, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine Open
TIMGAD 9697337 Algeria Ghent Belgium tbc 20 Algeria Open
SERRANO 9167083 Togo Jebel Ali UAE 3 months 19 Egypt Open
SAEB 9415387 Panama Lengeh Iran $85,500 13 Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania Open
TAKAVAR 5 7378169 Iran Bandar Iman Khomeini Iran 12 months 4 Iran, Pakistan Open
STERLING 8413174 St Kitts & Nevis Khor Fakkan UAE $21,200 2 Indonesia, Sri Lanka Open
SHETAB 9208019 Iran Kish Iran 10 months 7 Ethiopia, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka Open
ALI BEY 9070515 Panama Constanta Romania $256,010 12 Syria Open
YU HAI DA 8347882 China Taipei Taiwan $280,000 4 Myanmar Open
SAI ARAMBH 9115456 India Colombo Sri Lanka tbc 19 India Open