As a result of the legal action the operators, Derna Carriers, have placed USD132, 000 with the UK agent to make good the crew’s claim to the end of December. This left repatriation costs and January wages outstanding and the ITF set a deadline of 12:00 Wednesday for payment of these. The company is now making this payment and the crew will be paid later today (Friday). The ITF has suspended the arrest, but will be watching how the company handles repatriation.
ITF UK and Ireland coordinator Ken Fleming stated: “The ship’s flag state, the Marshall Islands register, has been supportive of the efforts to see the crew receive what is owed to them, and deserve recognition for it. I would also like to applaud IMEC (the International Maritime Employers’ Council) for its clear and frank position that this is not the kind of behaviour it expects from a shipowner and that seafarers should not have to go without pay.”