|Abandonment ID:|| 00594|
|Ship name:||Monarch Countess[resolved] |
|Flag:||St. Kitts & Nevis|
|7-digit IMO no.:||7500736|
|Port of abandonment:||Gonviales, Haiti|
|Abandonment date:||18 November 2021|
|Notification date:||30 November 2021|
|Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:||ITF|
|No. of Seafarers:||unknown|
Ro/Ro Cargo Ship
Crew reports owner has not paid in excess of two months wages. Insufficient food for proper nutrition on board the vessel.
|Actions taken:||23 November 2021: Flag State informed|
|Repatriation status:||22 March 2022: Repatriated|
The crew’s owed contract wages due were paid on 20 January 2022. Crew repatriations took place between 20-22 January 2022.
Two crew transferred to Monarch Princess for return to Florida, onward status unknown, remaining crew still onboard.
|Payment status:||Payment Pending|
Crew report between 2 and 3 months wages owed in entirety. Working to determine balance owed.
|Comments and Observations:||ITF (30 November 2021)|
Assault occurred on board on 15 November. Master is reported to have assaulted 3rd Engineer severely enough to require hospital treatment and stitches. Prior crew report food quantity and quality issues have persisted for several months. Additional crew member reported to have died in service 2 months prior.
International Maritime Organisation (22 December 2021)
I also duly note the information that was initially provided by ITF that the master is reported to have assaulted the 3rd Engineer severely enough to require hospital treatment and stitches on 15 November 2021. Furthermore it was reported that food quantity and quality issues have persisted for several months and also, most disturbingly, that an additional crew member was reported to have died in service 2 months prior.
Therefore, it would be good to have any further updates on this case as soon as possible.
Govt. of Saint Kitts and Nevis (22 December 2021)
From Saint Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis High Commission
The Monarch Countess called into Haiti and has remained there since. The St Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry are working with the technical bodies to get the vessel technically safe to sail to the USA. It is envisaged that once the vessel arrives in the USA, all monetary matters will be closed out.