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Charlotte M - fishing vessel


Abandonment ID: 00865
Ship name:Charlotte M - fishing vessel
7-digit IMO no.:8781105
Port of abandonment:Westport (WA), USA
Abandonment date:7 July 2023
Notification date:15 January 2024
Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:ITF
No. of Seafarers:4
Nationalities:Philippines(3); United States(1)
Circumstances:P&I : Unknown

Type : Fishing Vessel

Brought into US via Ensenada, MX. Without a US visa and immigration status forced to stay onboard with continual psychological threat of their future employment with what appears to be no intentions of honouring their POEA contract. More than 3 months outstanding wages
Actions taken:10 January 2024: Flag State informed
Presently under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations
Repatriation status:15 January 2024: Other
1 Filipino Fishman humanitarian paroled into US
Payment status:15 January 2024: Payment Pending
Comments and Observations:Govt. of United States (31 January 2024)
Thank you for sharing the information regarding the fishing vessels CHARLOTTE (IMO# 8781105), NATALIA VICTORIA (IMO# 7942726); & DAYNA S. (IMO# 9204300), who are listed on the IMO/ILO joint database on abandonment. The current moored location of these vessels is Westport (WA).

In mid-December 2023, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Seattle received information regarding fishermen being held against their will on the above vessels by their employer. Upon receiving this information, HSI initiated an investigation. The ongoing investigation of this case is headed by HSI with assistance from the HSI Manila (Philippines); U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Customs Border Patrol; U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, and local authorities.

With regards to the crew welfare, HSI agents boarded the fishing vessels and conducted interviews with crew. HSI remains engaged and has initiated a “continued presence” status for each of the affected crew. Additional information related to this case pend, as this investigation continues.

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to monitor this case and remains available for any addition questions.

Last updated: Wednesday - 21 February 2024 at 08:03:01^ top

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