Abandoned Seafarers Gives Testimony To Human Rights On MV Tamim Aldar
Currently in the time of writing about the current matter in a rapidly developing phase which should be signal for the end of the abandonment of the remaining crew onboard, the UAE flagged MV Tamim Aldar, the remaining four seafarers in which two were Indian and two Eritrean are currently under tow back to the UAE coast and port facilities.
Second Engineer, Vikas Mishra, who has been abandoned for 33 months and has not seen his family or his daughter since she was nine months old, gave the following recorded testimony to Human Rights at Sea last night. This has been published with permission.
There is a well-documentation for industry, UN agency and public awareness of this case and several related abandonment cases in the region.
With the support of the UAE Federal transport Authority, lawyers from Fitche & Co, the Rev. Andy Bowerman of The Mission to Seafarers, numerous international media outlets, civil society organizations and supporters, the present case appears to draw to a close.
It is not confirmed the remaining crew is receiving all wages owed under employment contracts from the owners or not, Eliteway Marines Services Ltd is still yet to be determined.
Founder, David Hammond, commented: “This shocking testimony by a professional Indian seafarer is one which needs to be heard, reviewed and used as an example highlighting the terrible conditions suffered by ordinary seafarers who have been abandoned by their owners for whatever reason. It is not often that the public is able to hear such evidence first-hand.”