Nearly 100 Indian soldiers aboard 22 ships have been stranded in UAE waters. They have sought the help of the Indian Consulate General in Dubai, as per a media report. Citing the Indian Consul General of Dubai, Vipul, the Gulf News said that the number of distress calls from Indian sailors stranded in UAE waters had hit its peak this summer.
"We are currently dealing with cases of 22 ships. There are 97 Indians aboard these vessels," the diplomat said.
However, the exact number of crew members belonging to other nationalities is not available with the Indian Consulate. The mission said there are sailors from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Myanmar and Pakistan also on these ships.
"Outstanding salary, non-availability of food, fresh water, fuel, harsh living conditions and no sign-off after the contract period are the major concerns voiced by the sailors," the mission said in reply to questions by the paper.
The majority of the sailors have complained about not being paid by their employers for several months. They have also sought to sign off and fly home after receiving payment of their pending dues, the paper said.
The consulate said it had been contacting the owners and agents for settlement of the dues, provision of food, water and fuel, request for sign off, it added.
The mission has helped repatriate 36 sailors from six ships - MV Gulf Pearl, MV Ayah, Enjaz 2, MV Salem, MVRock and Al Hamad 1 - in the past few weeks, the daily said.
In some cases, the Consulate has been providing food, water and even fuel and recharge of their mobile phones, it added. Vipul said the mission had been taking up the issues of the stranded sailors, case by case, with the relevant authorities.
Source: IndiatimesPrevious Next
In Conversation With Mr Ajay Reshamwala, Managing Director, Reshamwala Shipbrokers
India Tanker Shipping Trade Summit 2018