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Gulf Petroleum 4


Abandonment ID: 00436
Ship name:Gulf Petroleum 4
7-digit IMO no.:9439345
Port of abandonment:Misurata, Libya
Abandonment date:24 April 2020
Notification date:28 April 2020
Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:Govt. of Liberia (Liberian Registry)
No. of Seafarers:21
Nationalities:Bangladesh(2); Georgia(1); India(4); Sri Lanka(4); Pakistan(10)
Circumstances:British Marine Insurance (20 Feb 2020 - 20 Feb 2021)

The crew are reported being unpaid since January 2020.
4 seafarers are due for repatriation.
Actions taken:24 April 2020: Flag State informed

26 April 2020: Other
The Liberian Administration received
response from the shipowner that they have
arranged the payment of wages, however due to
the vesselís current location in Libya and the
COVID-19 it is difficult to arrange remittance of
payment of wages.

27 April 2020: Other
The Liberian Administration received
response from P&I club that they are working
with the insured to resolve the wage payment and
repatriation issue.
Repatriation status:Repatriation pending
Seafarers remain on board.
Payment status:31 March 2020: Payment Pending
Three months wages (from January 2020 to March 2020) are not paid.
Comments and Observations:ITF (25 September 2020)
In June, crew were paid Feb, March, April after ITF agreed payment plan with owners. Owners did not stick to the plan. There are allegations of smuggling complicating the matter. On 09/09 there was a court hearing but we are not aware of the result. There is another hearing on 7 October. Crew refused to sign documents to allow P&I to assist as they are afraid that the court will not allow them to leave and that the employer may treat them badly if they sign. Court needs to approve that the crew can travel.

Govt. of Liberia (7 December 2020)
This case is still ongoing, and we have the P and I club and their lawyers assisting to provide support to the seafarers onboard. From what we know so far, the vessel is under arrest by a Libyan court, and preventing the repatriation of the seafarers while proceedings are ongoing. P and I club, is working on getting a power of attorney POA signed by the crew to be represented in the proceedings, and to request the court to allow the repatriation of the seafarers.

Entered: Friday - 15 May 2020 at 13:35:12
Last updated: Thursday - 10 December 2020 at 17:28:47
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