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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
MS ELONA 9251951 Panama Johor Eopl Anchorage Malaysia 3 months 18 Georgia, Ukraine Open
MS MELENIA 9302023 Panama 3 months 28 Georgia, Ukraine Open
HONG CHENG YUN 68 8593601 Palau Casablanca Morocco 3 months 6 Indonesia Open
HADI 54 9760964 Bahrain Ras Tanura Saudi Arabia 3 months 9 India, Indonesia, Tanzania Open
ASTORIA GRANDE 9112789 Palau Haydarpasa Türkiye 2 months 11 Indonesia, Russia, Türkiye Open
HAKSA 9070503 Cameroon Tuzla Türkiye 4 months 6 Ukraine Open
HADI 22 9392303 Bahrain Tanaqib Saudi Arabia 3 months 15 Egypt, India, Jordan Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Ukraine Open
MALOKEY 9162320 Panama Sudan Sudan 3 months 8 Egypt, Syria Open
HADI 27 9463827 Bahrain Tanaqib Saudi Arabia 3 months 22 Azerbaijan, Egypt, India, Jordan, Myanmar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania Open
OCEAN CITRINE 9626481 India Mumbai India 2 months 15 India Open
HADI 42 9662253 Bahrain Safaniya Saudi Arabia 3 months 13 Azerbaijan (1), Egypt, India, Jordan, Tanzania Open
GAS MARTA 9307748 Panama Sharjah UAE 3 months 22 Russia, Ukraine Open
SEFORA 7305112 Cameroon Hereke Türkiye 2 months 8 Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine Open
OCEANIC 5000 9559145 Barbados Assaluyah Iran 4 months 51 India, Indonesia, Iran, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Ukraine Open
BLACK LEOPARD 9367097 Palau Dubai UAE 3 months 14 India, Iran Open
HADI 41 9684926 Bahrain Ras Tanura Saudi Arabia 4 months 13 Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Russia, Tanzania Open
HADI 21 9392298 Bahrain Ras Tanura Saudi Arabia 4 months 15 Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania Open
ATLAS EAGLE 9486104 Palau Dubai UAE 4 months 14 India, Iran Open
ABSOLUTE 9561215 Palau Mina Saqr UAE 3 months 7 Myanmar Open
MED STAR 8604345 Morocco Gibraltar 2 months 43 Morocco Open
DETROIT JET 9216169 Morocco Tanger Ville Morocco 2 months 38 Croatia, Morocco, Tunisia Open
KAPITAN SHYRIAGIN 9137234 Comoros Haifa Israel 4 months 12 Ukraine Open
EASTERN QUINCE 9379040 Panama Colombo Sri Lanka 4 months 23 Vietnam Open
FATMA EYLUL 9297917 Belize Istanbul Türkiye 2 months 10 Azerbaijan, Türkiye Open
HIMS 5 9821562 Saudi Arabia Ras Al Khair Saudi Arabia 5 months 23 Azerbaijan, Egypt, Ghana, India, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania Open
HADI 37 9588110 Bahrain Ras Tanura Saudi Arabia 5 months 16 Egypt, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka Open
RD 1 8360688 Tanzania Djibouti Djibouti 5 months 15 India Open
STAR-1 8405012 Panama Sharjah UAE 2 months 17 India, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka Open
PROFESOR MIKHAYLO ALEKANDROV 9121118 Unknown Las Palmas Spain 5 months 3 Ukraine Open
CHI FU 8990172 Mongolia Ningde China 5 months 7 Myanmar Open
ROYAL 1 9109005 Comoros Jeddah Saudi Arabia 5 months 18 Egpyt, India, Syria Open
HADI 52 9511894 Bahrain Jubail Saudi Arabia 6 months 6 Egypt, India, Indonesia Open
MICHI 9516636 Palau Colombo Sri Lanka 6 months 9 India, Myanmar Open
CIMARRON 9255933 Cameroon Zhoushan China tbc 29 India, Pakistan Open
YOUSSEF BEY 9124029 Belize Damietta Egypt 2 months 15 Egypt, India, Syria Open
HARDSHIP 8126549 Togo Miami USA 4 months 3 Nicaragua, USA Open
ANATOLIAN 9005869 Comoros Uniye Anchorage Türkiye 10 months 13 Azerbaijan, Egypt, India, Türkiye Open
OSCAR 8213445 Comoros Hamriya UAE 5 months 10 India, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria Open
TANYA 9153135 St. Kitts & Nevis Bandar Abbas Iran 5 months 13 India Open
SIAM 8637031 St. Kitts & Nevis Red Sea Eritrea tbc 32 India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Phillipines, Romania, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Yemen Open
GLORY 88 8594461 Equatorial Guinea False Kaohsiung Taiwan 6 months 11 China Open
GAS ATHENA 9267950 Panama Khor Fakkan UAE 8 months 16 Philippines, Ukraine Open
NATALIA VICTORIA 7942726 United States of America Westport (WA) USA 3 months 4 Philippines, USA Open
SVETLANA M 8969654 United States of America Westport (WA) USA 3 months 1 Philippines Open
MEED SEA EAGLE 8356443 St. Kitts & Nevis Khor Fakkan UAE 5 months 11 Azerbajian, India, Russia Open
DANYA S 9204300 United States of America Westport (WA) USA 3 months 5 Philippines, USA Open
CHARLOTTE M 8781105 United States of America Westport (WA) USA 3 months 4 Philippines, USA Open
PINK 9631149 San Marino Istanbul Türkiye 5 months 11 India, Ukraine Open
PURAVALAN 1 9072989 Palau Male Maldives tbc 7 India, Sri Lanka Open
SONA 9005053 Panama Dubai UAE 7 months 27 India, Philippines, Ukraine Open
RICH LUCKY 13 9087673 Comoros Suez Egypt 8 months 20 Egypt, India, Syria Open
AVID 9393905 Panama Al Jazeera UAE 7 months 8 India, Myanmar, Philippines Open
CHUANG SHI 8545654 Unknown Kaohsiung Taiwan 4 months 3 Myanmar Open
PLUTUS 9132519 Palau Santo Domingo Dominican Republic 2.5 months 23 Azerbaijan, Georgia, Türkiye, Ukraine Open
MED SEA FOX 9376189 St. Kitts & Nevis Salalah Oman 3 months 12 India, Ukraine Open
AASHI 9516715 Gabon Nias Island Indonesia 6 months 3 India Open
GAS ZEUS 9267962 Panama Assaluyeh Iran 5 months 16 Philippines, Ukraine Open
GALILEAN 77 8820298 St Kitts & Nevis Lagos Nigeria tbc 10 Ghana, Indonesia, Philippines Open
AMBAR 9548770 Palau Jawaharlal India 3 months 10 India, Indonesia Open
MED SEA LION 9350331 St. Kitts & Nevi Georgetown Guyana tbc 12 India Open
VICKI K 6511219 USA Westport WA USA 2 months 5 Philippines, USA Open
HADI 51 9619581 Bahrain Jeddah Saudi Arabia 3 months 10 India, Indonesia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania Open
AL NADER 7027502 United Arab Emirates Dubai UAE 6 months 10 Egypt, India, Indonesia Open
PSD 104 9191802 Tanzania Durban South Africa tbc 8 India, Pakistan Open
ARIANA 9500132 Panama Bandar Abbas Iran 4 months 21 Yemen Open
VILENA 7905481 Cameroon Karasu Türkiye 12 months 12 Russia, Ukraine Open
MIAMI 8119259 Iran Khorramshahr Iran 16 months 11 Eritrea, India, Iran Open
NEPHEL 9513361 Moldova Bandarr Abbas Iran 2 months 6 India, Iran 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
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
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 Cameroon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Syria Open
HL HANNA 9252826 Panama Bandar Abbas Iran 16 months 16 Iran Open
GLOBAL HAWK 9422859 Cook Islands Suakin Sudan $40,880 12 India Open
SEDRATA 9557795 Algeria Antwerp Belgium 2 months 16 Algeria Open
MERMAID 9330020 St Kitts & Nevis Al Hamriyah UAE 3 months 20 Georgia, India, Russia, Ukraine Open
OCEAN EXPLORER 9303637 Panama Mumbai India 5 months 19 Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Syria, Tanzania Open
KONYUI Cameroon Dakar Senegal 7 months 9 Ghana, Guinea, 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
TIMGAD 9697337 Algeria Ghent Belgium tbc 20 Algeria Open
SAEB 9415387 Panama Lengeh Iran $85,500 13 Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania Open
TAKAVAR 5 7378169 Iran Bandar Iman Khomeini Iran 12 months 4 Iran, Pakistan Open
SHETAB 9208019 Iran Kish Iran 10 months 7 Ethiopia, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka Open
SAI ARAMBH 9115456 India Colombo Sri Lanka tbc 19 India Open