|Abandonment ID:|| 00462|
|Ship name:||General Shiklinsky[disputed]|
|7-digit IMO no.:||9437775|
|Port of abandonment:||Oristano, Italy|
|Abandonment date:||24 June 2020|
|Notification date:||13 October 2020|
|Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:||ITF|
|No. of Seafarers:||14|
|Circumstances:||P&I: Alfa Strakhovanie PLC - Russia|
* Insurance was suspended from 8th May 2020.
|Actions taken:||15 June 2020: Flag State informed|
|Repatriation status:||Repatriation pending|
Some seafarers were repatriated, but 6 seafarers remain on board.
|Payment status:||Payment Pending|
|Comments and Observations:||ITF (13 October 2020)|
The vessel was stopped for bunker credit on 27th April 2020. We received the first communication on 10th June 2020 from the crew.
Salary is under ILO min and has not been paid, in some cases, for more than 12 months, no provision, contract over 12 months long. On 24th June, we received a Cancellation Notice of Insurance for 15th V/Ls of PALMALI group (insurance was suspended from 8th May 2020) from the P&I (AlfaStrakhovanie PLC - Russia).
This vessel is part of the PALMALI SHIPPING & AGENCY company, which has a number of abandoned vessels around the world.
Govt. of Malta (19 October 2020)
The Directorate has been closely monitoring the situation on board Palmali vessels since we became aware of the state of affairs of the company. Following the various problems faced by the seafarers on board the three vessels, the Directorate made various attempts to resolve their unfortunate situation by making representations with owners without success. The Directorate also corresponded with three different P&I Clubs which were the insurance providers of the vessels at some point in time. Unfortunately, this did not yield a satisfactory outcome. On 2 July 2020, the DOC together with all associated SMCs were withdrawn.
On the 23 June 2020 the KHOSROV BEY (IMO NO: 9437347) and the GENERAL SHIKHLINSKY (IMO NO: 9437775) had their operational certificate of registry suspended due to the cancellation of the certificate of insurance required under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended. These were replaced by a non-operational certificate of registry.
During the entire period the Directorate has and still is collaborating closely with the ITF who are providing logistical support in order to resolve this impasse at the earliest. The Directorate also provided financial support to the seafarers in the sum of €10k to a fund catering for the needs of the seafarers.
ITF (9 December 2020)
3 seafarers (all Azerbaijan) remain on board. A court date of 25th January 2021 has been set. Outstanding wages are now $US222,340
Govt. of Italy (11 December 2020)
From Embassy of Italy
The Maltese flagship General Shikhinsky, managed by Palmali Shipping & Agency, arrived in the port of Oristano on 27 April 2020 with 14 crew members on board. On 13 June the ship was subjected to a PSC inspection and 21 deficiencies were found (7 for non-compliance with MLC, 2006), including 19 reasons for detention. At present, the ship is detained. The ITF purchased tickets for the repatriation of 11 seafarers who chose to disembark. Financial security has not been activated. The flag State carried out an on-board inspection in May. On the initiative of the Port Authority of Oristano, the free administration of the necessary provisions for the crew was agreed with the entire business fabric operating in the source and, daily, the Border Police issues 3 shore passes to alternate seafarers in the franchise. Currently, the ship is affected by two preservation measures:
- At the request of the creditors, the Court of Oristano - Civil Section - authorized the conservation seizure of the motor ship on 6 May 2020;
- At the request of the seafarers, the Court of Oristano - Labor Section - on 15 September 2020 ordered the conservation seizure of the motor ship
ITF (5 March 2021)
The crew have not received any payment. 3 seafarers are still on board and 11 have been repatriated. The next court hearing is in July 2021. Only 3 of the seafarers repatriated received 4 month salary from the new P&I club. Disputed.