15 seafarers stranded on ship in Aarhus Bay
Phpto Morten Bach, ITF
Fifteen seafarers from four countries have since December 19 been stranded onboard the freight vessel HHL Amur, which is anchored in Aarhus Bay. The freight vessel was taken into arrest after its owner – German shipping company Hansa Heavy Lift declared bankruptcy.
Both the Danish Maritime Authority and the ITF has been onboard the vessel and have made it clear that the crew is not suffering.
”There are loads of supplies onboard the vessel, the conditions for the members fulfil the required standarts, and it has been confirmed that the crewmembers have been paid for December” Ship Survey of the Danish Maritime Authority, Martin John to CO Sea.
HHL Amur was sailing from West Africa to Aarhus when Hansa Heavy Lift was declared bankrupt on December 11. On December 19 the vessel arrived in Aarhus to unload.
ITF-inspector Morten Bach has met with the crew onboard.
“I had previously been in contact with the company both by telephone and mail. And they were constructive, very open and cooperative. Based on my communication with the shipping company, I had the feeling that the company was fully aware of the crewmembers and that their conditions were highly prioritized ”, says Morten Bach.
”This feeling was confirmed inboard the vessel. There was full documentation showing payments had been made in December, and everything was in great shape onboard the vessel.”
Four nationalities are represented onboard the vessel, which is registered in Liberia. The officers are fom Russia and Ukraine, while the rest are from the Philippines and from Poland.