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Lev Twister[resolved]


Abandonment ID: 00738
Ship name:Lev Twister[resolved]
7-digit IMO no.:8302088
Port of abandonment:Bremerhaven, Germany
Abandonment date:4 March 2023
Notification date:15 March 2023
Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:ITF
No. of Seafarers:10
Nationalities:Latvia(1); Philippines(2); Ukraine(7)
Circumstances:P&I : MS Amlin Marine N.V.

Type : Anchor Handling Tug Supply

DOC Holder terminated the employment agreements with immediate effect on 4th March, 2023. Wages for the past 2-3 months are not paid.
Actions taken:7 March 2023: Flag State informed
Negotiations with beneficial owner/manager
Repatriation status:15 March 2023: Repatriation pending
Payment status:15 March 2023: Payment Pending
For crewmembers on board: US$131.427,75
Crewmembers who already left the vessel tbc
Comments and Observations:Govt. of Latvia (23 March 2023)
The Master of the m/v Lev Twister was employed via Latvian crewing company “Team Ship Baltic”. As we were informed by the crewing company the Master is accomodated in the hotel paid by the insurance comapny. The insurance company has promised to cover the unpaid salary and repatriate this person to Latvia during this week.

Other (23 March 2023)
Dear Sir / Madam

I, Capt. Romans Mihailovs, on behalf of my crew of the vessel LEV Twister, require your official reply as an Insurance Company that guaranteed financial security (pls see the documents attached) regarding the stage of the process of the abandoned crew repatriations and outstanding wages payment. You have been advised regarding our case on 07.03.2023. All relevant information/documents were collected and already passed to you by the P&I representative. Calculations of the compensation of outstanding payments were done and verified by P&I and the crew as well. We have been waiting for a considerable time already and we are now experiencing undue delay without reasonable explanations from your side. Please advise, is two weeks enough to take a decision, or are you still in doubt about whether our case is insured?
Also, kindly ask you to give us the clear status of our crew – how long do we have to stay on board, and has the crew member the right to leave the vessel in case of urgent other business or urgent families issues?
Looking forward to receiving your prompt response with comprehensive explanations.

Best regards,
Master and Crew
LEV Twister
Bremerhaven port

Govt. of Germany (31 March 2023)
as competent flag State authority we would like to confirm the abandonment case of the M/V LEV TWISTER (IMO 8302088) and like to inform you briefly about the current situation. The M/V LEV TORNADO (IMO 7725453) and M/V LEV TAIFUN (IMO 8650382) are also affected by this case. All three ships flying the German flag and are safely moored in the port of Bremerhaven. The responsible shipowner for the ships is the German based company INNOVEN Marine Service GmbH & Co. KG.

The total no. of 16 seafarers are considered as abandoned. The composition per ship is as follows :

M/V LEV TWISTER: 10 (Nationalities: Latvia (1), Ukraine (7), Philippines (2))
M/V LEV TORNADO: 4 (Nationalities: Montenegro (1), Ukraine (1), Philippines (2))
M/V LEV TAIFUN: 2 (Nationalities: Russia (2))

Current situation:

Two (2) Ukrainian seafarers of the LEV TWISTER have already been repatriated by the financial security provider. Thus eight (8) seafarers remain on board the LEV TWISTER. The financial security provider is currently clarifying the wage entitlements for the 14 remaining seafarers on board the three ships. After finalizing the entitlements, the seafarers are to be repatriated by the financial security provider within the next days.

The seafarers on board are provided with the essential needs such as adequate food and drinking water.

We will keep you informed about further developments in this case.

Govt. of Philippines (5 April 2023)
Four Filipino seafarers onboard vessels LEV TORNADO and LEV TWISTER have been successfully repatriated and arrived in the Philippines on 3 April 2023 at 19:10.

ITF (25 January 2024)
Company is paying the outstanding wages

Entered: Thursday - 25 January 2024 at 15:25:53
Last updated: Thursday - 25 January 2024 at 15:26:16
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