ITF Calls for Action on MV Queen Binanga’s Abandoned Crew

Illustration; Image Courtesy: Mission to Seafarers

Six crew members of the Zanzibari-flagged passenger vessel MV Queen Binanga, who have been left to their own devices for two years now after being abandoned by the ship’s owner, are faced with unacceptable living conditions.

The vessel broke down and is anchored off the port of Tanjung Priok, in Indonesia, “practically abandoned, grossly undermanned and in what very much appears to be an unseaworthy condition”, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

Furthermore, the authorities in Indonesia are said to be informed of the vessel’s status as it could pose a danger to shipping movements in the vicinity.

An ITF inspector has visited the vessel and has found that the crew members, five of them of Kenyan nationality, are short of fresh water, provisions and fuel.

Some of these men are owed wages dating back 19 months, the Captain and 2/Engineer for 4 months, ITF said.

As confirmed to World Maritime News, the ITF inspector has sent a letter to the owner and the Zanzibar Maritime Authority.

We have been requested to assist the current crewmembers of the above captioned vessel to recover their unpaid wages and their repatriation.

 “Further to above, and as you are also aware several former crewmembers who signed off of the vessel in 2016, are still owed a considerable amount of outstanding wages.

“All of this has already been brought to your attention by the Kenyan Maritime Authority… which to date you have ignored. Your continued failure to address this matter and act in a responsible and constructive manner may well result in your losing the vessel due to some form of action being taken against it,” the letter reads.

The ITF also urged the flag state to intervene and assist in the matter.

World Maritime News Staff





Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>


<< Jan 2018 >>
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4


27 years in the making, APM is the premier shipbuilding & marine, workboat and offshore exhibition in Asia trusted by generations of industry professionals.

read more >

Mega Cargo Show 2018

The focus of the event is to bring all connected with cargo fraternity on a single platform…

read more >

Vietship 2018

Vietship is the largest and longest established exhibition in Vietnam featuring all aspect of Shipbuilding, Shipping and Offshore Technology.

Since its first event in 2002, Vietship has become the convergence and platform of advanced technologies regional and worldwide in shipbuilding and ship repair, marine equipment, waterway transportation and services, marine and offshore engineering.

After 16 years of eight consecutive editions, Vietship has affirm itself as an important event in enhancing cooperation and development, attracting investments, exchanging technology and creating ideal opportunities for trade promotion in the international maritime industry.

More info

read more >

LNG Bunkering Summit 2018

The conference will cover the obstacles facing both the shipping and port communities, exploring developments in conversion and new builds…

read more >