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Abandonment ID: 00421
Ship name:Celenova[resolved]
7-digit IMO no.:9268394
Port of abandonment:Manila bay, Philippines
Abandonment date:2 February 2020
Notification date:26 February 2020
Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:ITF
No. of Seafarers:15
Nationalities:Cuba(13); Spain(2)
Circumstances:P&I Insurer: American Club (20 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2020)

This case was delayed and complicated by COVID-19.

There is urgency in evacuating the crew as the ship is loaded with dangerous cargo (LPG).

There is not enough bunkering to keep the cargo refrigerated.
Crew requires to get the pending wages (since Octorber 2019) and repatriation ASAP.
Actions taken:21 February 2020: Flag State informed

14 May 2020: Other
The ILO sent an intervention letter to the authorities of the Philippines (Port State) and of Spain (Flag State) at the request of ITF.

Taking into account the approaching typhoon season, and the increased risk of an incident endangering both the safety of the crew and of marine traffic, the ILO requested the Government of Philippines to adopt all necessary measures without delay, in cooperation with the Spanish authorities, to authorize the berthing of the vessel, address the urgent needs of the crew and facilitate the repatriation of the seafarers on board the MV Celanova.

Provisions provided
Monitoring and supervision since 13 February 2020 by the Spanish Maritime Administration, after receiving communication from the Philippine mamritime authorities.
Communications have been maintained with the ship's owner and instructoins have been given to solve the situation of the ship by providing food and fuel.
A Flag State surveyor was on board from 27 February to 2 March 2020 to check the real situation of the vessel.
Comments and Observations:Govt. of Spain (14 April 2020)
let me know you the information we have got from our colleagues in the Spanish Maritime Administration:
- The situation of the vessel CELANOVA is monitored continuously. A daily contact is kept with the crew vessel CELANOVA.
- The Spanish Maritime Administration is focused on the crew members repatriation and works together with all stakeholders (ITF, MLC Insurance Company, etc.) to speed up such process.

Govt. of Spain (17 April 2020)
Govt. of Spain asks Govt. of Philippines to consider the possibility of allowing the ship to
be docked in a safe port of the Philippines.

Following our last communications regarding the situation of the vessel CELANOVA, please find attached a letter addressed by our Director General of the Merchant Marine to the Maritime Industry Authority of the Philippines (MARINA).
Please also note, our dear colleague Sonia B. Malaluan from the Embassy of the Philippines in London is already aware of this letter.
Best regards.

Govt. of Philippines (21 April 2020)
The Government of Philipppines requested information on the plans of the Government of Spain with regards to the repatriation of the crew members.
Likewise, they informed the Embassy of Spain that they have no issue with allowing the vessel to move closer to shore as requested by its Captain for safety reasons.

Other (25 April 2020)
From the Master (Rolando Garcia Alarcon)

They have many serious technical deficiencies including anchor chain, which could cause a big problem.
They declared that they could not be considered responsible of any accident that might happen involving the vessel as the consequence of the deficiencies and facts reported to both - port and flag - authorities.

ITF (8 May 2020)
From ITF coordinator (Luz Baz).

The captain requested the authorisation for the ship to berth, based on humanitarian and safety reasons (no rudder, no bunker, no lights, deficient chains and anchors, garbage on deck with potential fire....)
However, the Filipino authorities answer that they will allow the ship to berth JUST IF A TUG BOAT IS PROVIDED ALONGSIDE THE SHIP IN STAND BY WHILE SHE IS MOORED, and mention nothing about who to pay the tug's service.

Govt. of Philippines (20 May 2020)
The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) briefed on the actions taken to address the case as below.

As of 17 May 2020, the vessel had been transferred to outer anchorage of the
breakwater area of the Manila Bay with coordinates Lat: 14.55947 14 degree
33.568 and Long: 129.95872 120 degree 57.523.
a. Repatriation of the crew by the flag State, Spain which is conditioned on putting
the vessel at berth.
b. The transfer and the provision of food, water, fuel and other basic services by
Harbor Star would entail costs which the owner refused to shoulder.

Govt. of Philippines (4 September 2020)
The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) respectfully provides you with our letters dated 10 and 24 July 2020 providing updates on the case of abandonment of Celanova.

However, the updates were already overtaken by events. The following are the latest updates we have as relayed by the Technical Adviser in IMO:
1. On 23 July 2020, the 2 Spanish crew were successfully repatriated to Spain. They also received their full remuneration from the P&I Club.
2. On 30 July 2020, representatives of the American P&I Club led by Captain Malpas boarded MV Celanova to give remuneration to the remaining crew onboard. Port State Control Officers of the PCG assisted the team.
3. The repatriation of the 13 Cuban crew was supposed to be carried out last 05 August 2020 via a humanitarian flight of the Cuban government. However, there was a last-minute flight cancellation due to enhanced COVID-19 restrictions in Cuba. The next tentative flight is scheduled for 20 August 2020.
4. The PCG is closely coordinating with other government agencies and stakeholders to expedite the repatriation of the remaining crew.
5. They are still awaiting confirmation if the 20 Aug tentative flight was taken by the 15 Cuban crew.

Further the Philippine Coast Guard likewise provided the following updates:
1. The Pandiman Philippines, Inc received a communication from Air France and the Ambassador of Cuba that all passenger traffic in and out of Cuba is suspended indefinitely.
2. The crew are currently at the Diamond Hotel.
3. The Pandiman Philippines, Inc are liaising with BOQ, BOI and DFA that the crew be allowed to stay and transfer them to a hotel in Makati that can serve Cuban food.
4. The crew are under MLC 2006 and the American P&I Club will pay their expenses so no burden to the Philippine Government.
5. The Pandiman Philippines Inc, is coordinating with P&I Club and the Spanish Embassy on what are the options and the plan for the crew.

ITF (25 September 2020)
Crew were paid under financial security. There are some difficulties in returning Cuban members of crew home due to travel restrictions.

ITF (15 October 2020)
From ITF Coordinator, Spain
The Cuban seafarers (13) who remained stranded in Manila waiting for an humanitarian flight to allow them to go back to their country, are being repatriated today.
The whole crew ( 15) got the payment of 4 months wages as per the MLC financial security system, which was paid by The American Club.

ITF (9 December 2020)
Cuban crew were paid 4 months wages and repatriated in October 2020 Resolved

Last updated: Thursday - 10 December 2020 at 18:33:33^ top

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