The International Transport Federation (ITF) has helped a Russian crew anchored south of Skagen in Denmark, for the second time. After months of negotiation, $324,370 in unpaid wages have now been paid to the crew of 19 from the Turkish/Russian tanker Natig Aliyev (IMO 9194000).
Danish authorities have now released the ship which had been at anchor for around eight months. The owed wages were paid by the new charterer of the ship, said a spokesperson for the Danish labour organization CO-Sea.
“This is the second time within six months that ITF has had to put its foot down to ensure payment of the ship’s crew, and it is the third time within a year that the same Turkish/Russian shipping company, Palmali Shipping, has been caught red-handed in Denmark violating the international convention to secure the rights of seafarers, the MLC,” the organization claimed.
2002-built, Malta-flagged, 13,185 gt Natig Aliyev is owned by Pal Shipping-7 Co Ltd care of manager Palmali Shipping & Agency of Istanbul, Turkey.