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ITF aids crew abandoned in Sri Lanka

22 September 2017

The ITF has come to the aid of 13 crew members left close to starvation after the owner abandoned their vessel in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

ITF inspector Ranjan Perera has been helping the six Indian, four Jordanian and three Myanmar seafarers from the Bahrain-flagged cargo ship Sanad, which was arrested on 7 September for unpaid charges to the port authorities. He reports that the crew have been left without food or drinking water, and with dwindling fuel reserves that could shut down the generators, “posing a serious danger to the crew”. The owner has also failed to pay the crew for the last five months.

The ITF in Sri Lanka is supplying the crew with some food stocks and drinking water, while working with ITF headquarters in London, UK to resolve the situation for the seafarers. 

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Are you having problems with getting your pay in full? If you are, this could be a sign that your company is in economic trouble. You should contact your union or the ITF directly as soon as possible to protect your wages and employment. 


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