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East Express[disputed]


Abandonment ID: 00742
Ship name:East Express[disputed]
Flag:Sao Tome & Principe
7-digit IMO no.:8215754
Port of abandonment:Misurata, Libya
Abandonment date:1 November 2020
Notification date:29 March 2023
Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:ITF
No. of Seafarers:11
Nationalities:Egypt(1); Syrian Arab Republic(10)
Circumstances:P&I : Unknown

Type : General Cargo

Some of the crew have not been paid for periods of 20, 17 and 13 months
The crew have expired contracts, one seafarer has been on board more than 28 months (since 9 November 2020) and many of the other crew have 20 and 16 months on board
The seafarers seeking be paid and repatriated.
The ship appears to be under legal arrest
Actions taken:29 March 2023: Other
Company, port state and maritime authorities have been contacted.
ITF Network contact in Libya looking to board the vessel
ITF affiliated union in Libya have requested assistance to crew and are also looking to visit the vessel.
Togo flag state contacted to ask about current status of the as the ship was under Togo flag when the crew were already unpaid, and the abandonment criteria were met
Repatriation status:29 March 2023: Repatriation pending
Payment status:29 March 2023: Payment Pending

Comments and Observations:ITF (27 November 2023)
The IOTF has offered legal assistance to the seafarers. No wages have been paid yet. Repatriation is being arranged by the ITF. 2 seafarers have been repatriated and another 5 in the next few days

ITF (25 January 2024)
The ITF has offered legal assistance to crew and assisted with their repatriation

Entered: Thursday - 25 January 2024 at 15:49:39
Last updated: Thursday - 25 January 2024 at 15:50:10
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