Kerala high court comes to the rescue of seamen stranded on abandoned cargo vessel since April 2020

28 nov 2020

Kerala high court comes to the rescue of seamen stranded on abandoned cargo vessel since April 2020

The Kerala high court has ordered the director general of shipping and the mercantile marine department to provide relief to five seamen who are stuck on-board an abandoned container vessel since April of this year. They don’t have any access to the common and basic necessities that is food or drinking water at the munambam fishing harbour in kochi.
A single bench of justice PV Asha has directed the authorities to facilitate handing over of the vessel to some other authorised persons. The petitioners comes from Tamil badi and Kerala, ad they had moved the high court through advocate M S Amal Sarahan aggrieved by the shipping company’s refusal to sign them of the “dilapidated vessel.” The company did not even pay them their wages for over a year.
The advocate argued that the petitioners were not given basic amenities and they were left to starve and suffer for food and water. They didn’t even pay them their wages and they even faced lack of communication with others.
In an order, the bench of justice P V Asha ordered that three out of the five crew members should be given “release” and further directed the marine department to provide basic amenities to the remaining two persons.