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Abandonment ID: 00295
Ship name:Lord[disputed]
7-digit IMO no.:9290244
Port of abandonment:Zhangjiagang, China
Abandonment date:25 July 2017
Notification date:25 July 2017
Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:ITF
No. of Seafarers:11
Nationalities:Egypt(2); Myanmar(1); Ukraine(8)
Circumstances:Seafarers have been unpaid for 5 months and are overdue with repatriation; no food / fresh water / personal hygiene items supplies;
Actions taken:25 July 2017: Other
Owners contacted ( no response received to date)
Repatriation status:31 July 2017: Repatriation pending
11 seafarers still onboard; West of England P&I Club has agreed to repatriate and pay the seafarers (up to 4 months) under the abandonment insurance
Payment status:31 July 2017: Payment Pending
The seafarersí wages for 4 months are to be paid by the P&I Club under the abandonment insurance; the remaining amount will remain outstanding.
Comments and Observations:ITF (31 July 2017)
The vessel is in a shipyard under arrest since 21 February 2017 by Shanhaiguan Shipbuilding Industry Cp. Ltd. (shipyard in northern China)

ITF (7 September 2017)
From: Katie Higginbottom
Sent: jeudi 7 septembre 2017 12:16
Subject: Lord Update

Dear all
Please see below update on the Lord case. Seafarers have been repatriated, P&I honoured their obligations but there is an ongoing court case for the rest of the wages.
Best, Katie

Dear Katie,

Regarding the case of MV LORD, I had send some email to the vessel since Mid-Aug but the Master not yet response. The last email I received from the Master was on 11 Aug.

Today (7 Sept) I called the lawyer Mr Jeff Xu who representing the crew in China. He confirmed all crew received 4-months wages from the P&I and had been repatriated on 31 Aug 2017. Now only the Master stay in hotel to handling some Court documents.

All crew (except Master) had appointed this lawyer to handle their remaining claims. Their remaining unpaid wages from 1 month to 4 months.

According to the Mr Jeff Xu, the vessel is now in the ship yard and unmanned.

Best regards,
Lam Wai Hong, Jason
ITF Inspector, Hong Kong

ITF (16 April 2018)
From: "Jason Lam"
Date: 16 April 2018 04:12
To: "Katie Higginbottom"

Subject: Re: Lord

The seafarers received 4-months advance wages from P&I and repatriated on Aug 2017.

They had appointed a Chinese Lawyer to follow up their remaining wages.

I called the lawyer, he told me that the case still on going. Now the Court had judgement, but the vessel had not been sold.

He told me that after the auction, then they can process for the wages claim. But he is not sure when will be the auction.
Now the vessel is in dockyard, supervised by the Court.

Best regards,
Lam Wai Hong, Jason
ITF Inspector, Hong Kong

Govt. of Panama (31 December 2020)
Pending that ITF confirm if the vessel action took or not place.

Govt. of Panama (20 March 2024)
Pending that JTF confirm if the vessel action took or not place.
Through email date August 19, 2021. We have sent emails to the shipowners requesting information on the payment owed to the crew.
Through email date August 20, 2021. Crew have been repatriated and received their four months outstanding wages. From the 11 crewmembers on board the vessel, the 1O crewmembers were repatriated on 23 August 2017 and 24 August 2017 (payment of wages were paid prior to their repatriation).
The Wuhan Court Judge did not allow the Master to be repatriated until 7 March 2019 and the Association paid the Master's four months outstanding wages prior to his repatriation. With regards to the Master's additional salaries for remaining in China, the Master authorised the local agent to participate in the ship's auction and receive the additional salaries on his behalf from the Chinese Court.
Through email date September 21, 2021. MLA department sent email to the company requesting an update on this matter.
Through email date March 24, 2022. An email was sent requesting an update of the captain's payment.
Through email date March 24, 2022, we received a response from the armed forces where they tell us:
As of our message of20 August 2021 there is no further update from the Wuhan Court. Unfortunately due to the Covid epidemic the Court has not yet to issue the breakdown of the proceeds for the vessel's auction.
Kindly note the Association has complied with their obligations under the MLC certificate as all crew have been repatriated and received their four months outstanding wages.
The Master provided an authorisation letter concerning his claim and therefore any updates will need to be obtained from the local agents (contact details in our message of 20 August 2021).
Through email date April 7, 2022, an email was sent requesting information to the local agents in china where the vessel was being auctioned and where they were going to try to collect the owner of the vessel's captain at the time of abandonment.

Entered: Monday - 16 April 2018 at 09:57:28
Last updated: Tuesday - 2 April 2024 at 14:12:11
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