By Parag Deulgaonkar
Indian Consul General Vipul trying to resolve the issue, persuade sailors return to India
As many as sixty Indian sailors are stranded on various ships at the UAE ports and anchorages, according to Indian Consul General in Dubai.
“These sailors are stranded on 13 or 14 vessels and have not been paid for months. They are living in very bad conditions on these vessels,” Vipul told Arabian Business.
“The sailors are not willing to leave unless they get their salaries. We have tried to get in touch with the vessel owners to resolve their issues.”
Vipul admitted the situation is quite complicated, given the difficulties to get ship owners pay the dues of these stranded sailors.
“These ships are registered in one country, while the owner is based in another country. This makes the issue far more complicated.”
The Consul General revealed he has tried to persuade the stranded sailors to leave their ships and return back to India.
“We are very thankful to port and local authorities for not taking any action against these sailors, considering their pathetic situation.”
Vipul urged sailors not to fall prey to dubious agents in India.
“Sailors should check and verify the claims of these agents. It is in their interest to validate the job offers than blindly accept it.”
In January, the plight of 41 sailors stranded in Ajman anchorage came to light after one of the sailor’s send a “SOS” tweet to India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
“We managed to convince some of these sailors to go back, however, there are some who don’t want to leave without getting their salaries,” Vipul said.
“We can provide them all consular help, but we are unable to pay them their salaries,” he added.