The ITF said that
the 7,600 gross tonnage MV Celanova, owned by GLOBALGAS SA, from Madrid, Spain,
has been abandoned by the shipowner, leaving the crew without pay for months.
As informed, some
of the Spanish and Caribbean crew have been on board since August, others since
The tanker broke
down back in December and lost its rudder. It was towed to anchor in Manila Bay
Philippines Port State Control detained the vessel on Feb 14, over
unpaid wages following notification by the ITF
State Control detained the vessel on February 14, after authorities found it to
be in breach of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Maritime Labor
Convention (MLC) over unpaid wages following notification by the ITF.
The ITF is urging
Filipino authorities to allow the ship into port to facilitate assistance from
the flag state and the vessel’s insurers, the American Club.
As informed, the
local authorities have agreed but only under a condition that a tug is provided
alongside the tanker and on standby while the vessel is moored.
this is the first time someone has asked crew pay tug hire
“I’ve worked over
14 years as an ITF inspector, I have dealt with many abandoned vessels so far
and this is the first time someone has asked crew pay tug hire,” Luz Baz, ITF
Coordinator, Spain, said.
“The ship needs to
be in port. The crew can’t start the engine. Something has to be done. The crews
are desperate. They need fuel, fresh water, provisions, medication, safety
What is more,
Spanish mortgage bank ABANCA is reportedly frustrating attempts to sell the
vessel to help finance the owner’s debts.
The ship and its crew were at enormous risk of potential anchor drift
Maritime authorities warned
Baz wrote to
Maritime Authorities in Manila warning the ship and its crew were at enormous
risk of potential anchor drift, fire on board or accident due to having no
capacity to maneuver.
“The situation is
seriously compromising the safety and health of a crew. They are exhausted
after suffering months of enormous stress,” she wrote.
The crew’s plight is further complicated by the COVID-19
abandonment report says communications have been maintained with the ship’s
owner and instructions have been given to provide food and fuel.
Spanish Maritime Administration is working on getting crew members
A flag state
surveyor was on board from February 27 to March 2 to check the real situation,
the ILO reported. The Spanish Maritime Administration is working on getting
crew members repatriated working together with all stakeholders including the
government has also contacted the Philippines government requesting the ship be
docked in safe port, according to ILO reports.
The ship has serious technical deficiencies.
Rolando Garcia Alarcon warned the ILO the ship has serious technical
authorisation for the ship to berth, based on humanitarian and safety reasons
citing the ship being without a rudder, fuel and lights. The master also
reported the vessel’s chains and anchors were damaged. Garbage on deck also
poses a health risk and the crew and ship especially in the case of fire,” the
ITF cited the ship’s master as saying.
The ITF has
written to the International Labour Organization requesting their intervention.