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Bahrain blacklists Dubai-based shipping company for abandoning vessel and crew for 6 months

Crew members were ‘living in a burning furnace’ due to a power outage on the vessel

Bahrain blacklists Dubai-based shipping company for abandoning vessel and crew for 6 months
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Bahrain has blacklisted Dubai-based shipping company Sea Links Shipping after it abandoned a cargo vessel and 11 crew members for almost six months without paying the sailors their wages, according to the Bahrain Ports and Maritime Authority.

The Sea Lord, which was left three nautical miles off the Khalifa Bin Salman Port, witnessed a power outage that put the lives of the crew in danger, reported Gulf Daily News.

Captain Abdulla Hassan said the experience was like “living in a burning furnace.”

“To the best of our knowledge, the Dubai-based company owns only this vessel and they have been the least co-operative with their agents and the Bahraini authorities, which worsened the condition,” said a senior official from the authority.

“We are leading efforts in rescuing the sailors, by bringing the vessel to the shore and mooring it alongside a private company’s jetty. We had a meeting with the ship’s local agent and have contacted the private company for its support to help the sailors, which I am sure the latter would agree to. Once this is done, we will co-ordinate with customs and immigrations officials to help repatriate the crew,” he added.

The 11 sailors included a Sudanese captain, two Pakistani ranking officers, a Syrian chief engineer, six Indian cadets and one from Myanmar.

Sea Links Shipping refused to give a comment.

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