|Abandonment ID:|| 00620|
|Ship name:||Atlantic Enterprise[resolved]|
|7-digit IMO no.:||7202554|
|Port of abandonment:||Karachi OPL, Pakistan|
|Abandonment date:||7 January 2022|
|Notification date:||21 January 2022|
|Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:||ITF|
|No. of Seafarers:||10|
|Nationalities:||Azerbaijan(2); United Kingdom(1); Croatia(3); Ukraine(4)|
|Circumstances:||Vessel was supposed to be delivered for scrap, first in Alang India and then in Gadani Pakistan. Permission for scrapping the vessel withdrawn by British Environmental Authority and the vessel ended up in a sale deal and later in a legal dispute. The vessel has been served by a legal arrest, on behalf of the Technical ship Management.|
|Actions taken:||20 January 2022: Other|
ITF In contact with the ship management who have always acted on behalf the owners, and the Flag State. Also, in contact with the Seaman’s Union in Pakistan to have the crew assisted in all matters.
P&I/Abandonment Insurer: Thomas Miller Speciality
20 January 2022: Vessel arrested by the Port State
|Repatriation status:||20 January 2022: Repatriation pending|
All contracts of employment have expired and the crew are requesting repatriation with pay.
21 February 2022: Repatriated
ITF stated that all crew have now been paid and repatriated.
|Payment status:||20 January 2022: Payment Pending|
GBP 47'400 and EUR 216'956
|Comments and Observations:||ITF (20 January 2022)|
Master requested the Port Authority to allow vessel to enter port limits or to berth. P.A. refused unless there is a formal request by the local agent. The local agent would not do it as he is also in a dispute with owners over payments. The local agent is also withholding the seaman’s books against the crew’s wish as a form of guarantee. The vessel is fast approaching a situation in which the ROB bunker are exhausted and they are rationing provisions.
ITF (21 February 2022)
The crew have now returned home. All the crew except for the two Azerbaijanis, confirmed funds in their accounts. The wages for the two Azerbaijanis were remitted but apparently, the system in Azerbaijan requires the money to pass through the central bank before hitting their accounts. The wages, around $290K were finally paid by the buyer, although there was the possibility of the deal falling through.
Govt. of Panama (26 August 2022)
Through Email dated July 28t , 2022, the vessel's DPA gave us an answer on the final status of the ship and confirmed the final payment of the entire crew, including the last two pending crew members. We received confirmation of payment from the ITF.
ITF (16 September 2022)
Crew have reported that they had received their due wages and that the repatriation costs have also been covered.