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Vega Sagittarius[resolved]


Abandonment ID: 00521
Ship name:Vega Sagittarius[resolved]
7-digit IMO no.:9491616
Port of abandonment:Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Abandonment date:22 January 2021
Notification date:1 March 2021
Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:Govt. of Liberia
No. of Seafarers:16
Circumstances:P&I: The Standard Club (20/02/2020 - 20/02/2021)

Container ship

The crew reported being unpaid since December 2020.
Actions taken:Other
The shipowner; and P&I notified by the Liberian Administration.
Upon receipt of the notification/complaint from seafarers through STell Maris about non-payment of wages of seafarers for months of December 2020 and January 2021,the Liberian Administration immediately communnicated with the shipowner to rectify the issue, also notified P&I club for their assistance to cover the wages.
On 17 February 2021, recieved a response from The STandard Club that they will invertigate and process the claim.
On 24 February 2021, the Liberian Administration received response from the shipowner with supporting documents showing the wage accounting for Dec 2020 and Jan 2021, however evidence of bank transfer was not provided.
On 24 Feb 2021, the Liberain Administration folloed up with P&I club fro information and update on the claim, and was advised the mortgagee bank has agreed to release the funds to pay the crew's wages.
Repatriation status:Repatriation pending
Seafarers remained on board the vessel.
Payment status:Payment Pending
USD112,000(approx.) covering the months of December 2020 through January 2021.

The seafarers received wage payments on or about March 1, 2021.
Comments and Observations:Govt. of Philippines (11 March 2021)
From Philippine Embassy, London
I wish to inform you that our Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs referred this matter to the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency and the Philippine Embassy in London also requested our Embassy in Mexico which also covers has the Dominican Republic within its jurisdiction, to look into this vessel abandonment case involving unpaid wages of 16 Filipino seafarers.

Govt. of Philippines (16 March 2021)
From Philippine Embassy, London
I would like to inform you that we received information from our Embassy in Mexico that Capt of MV Vega Sagittarius conveyed that there is no such abandonment of the vessel, the crew's wages are up to date and they receive sufficient supply of provisions on a monthly basis. Capt conveyed that the company is committed to the welfare of its crew members employed on the ship.

Govt. of Liberia (15 April 2021)
The seafarers received wage payments on or about March 1, 2021.

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