Ukrainian crew of 7 stranded in Mumbai dredgers, incl Kamal XXXVI, are to be repatriated
The Bombay High Court on July 12 13 ordered the Directorate General of Shipping to distribute Rs 175,000 ($ 3,000) among the captains of three stranded ships to ensure minimum provisions to crew members abandoned by a Gujarat-based Jaisu Shipping Company. Seven ships belonging to the financially-troubled Jaisu Shipping Company are stranded about two nautical miles from the Mumbai harbour since April, when the company stopped sending supplies.
The court directed the Mumbai Port Trust - charterers of the ships - to provide fuel, lubricants and fresh water to each ship by July 13. The dredging vessels stuck around Mumbai harbour are Kamal 35, Kamal 33, Kamal 29, Kamal 26, Kamal 36 (XXXVI), Kamal 46, Sulawesi 2.
The court has also directed authorities to arrange for repatriation of crew members who have been signed off. The crews consist of Indian and Ukranian citizens.
Ukrainian engineer died on board of dredger Kamal XXXVI, Mumbai
June 26, 2013
The Times of India reported the death of an Ukrainian engineer on board of seemingly abandoned dredger Kamal XXXVI, anchored on Mumbai road for the last five months. Engineer was found dead in the morning June 25, the cause still unknown. Most probably, he died because of poor living conditions and inadequate food. Vessel reportedly, is blacked out most of the time, meaning the conditioners are off, too, which physically, is almost unbearable for people from the northern countries. Nothing is decided yet as to the fate of the vessel and the crew.
Dredger Kamal XXXVI reportedly abandoned
May 18, 2013, The Economic Times, India, reported dredger Kamal XXXVI stuck in Mumbai port, with 39 crew. "The ship, Kamal XXXVI, owned by Jaisu Shipping Co Pvt Ltd, with the 31 Indian crew members and eight from Ukraine on board, had got struck three nautical miles off Mumbai port near Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust for the last five months and not been provided by provisions, medical help by the company," Secretary General, Akhil Bharatiya Human Rights Organisation (ABHRO), H S Tanwar told reporters here. He claimed that there is a total blackout on the vessel, with its crews surviving on noodles and pasta and their health conditions are deteriorating. The ship can also sink in harsh weather as it is without power and maneuvering capacity, Tanwar said. The office of the shipping company also stopped communications with the crew stuck onboard, the ABHRO official added.
Vessel is anchored in Mumbai port area, last AIS signal dated May 12, so there is some power on board of the vessel, after all. According to AIS, owner of the vessel is the Ukrainian company BLACK SEA & AZOV SEA DREDGING.