Malaviya 20 “on verge of being sold”

Offshore tug supply ship Malaviya 20, (IMO 9303481) which has been sitting, impounded, in the English port of Great Yarmouth since June 2016, is reported to be on the verge of being sold by the Admiralty Marshal.

She had been stuck since June 2016 due to legal wrangles and was now being sold by the Admiralty Marshal. Bids for the ship open on September 11th, with the proceeds going to pay debts that include crew wages and port fees.

The ship arrived in Great Yarmouth in June 2016 and was immediately detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency because of owed wages. The company initially paid some of the owed money and some of the crew were repatriated. But after that nothing was heard from them, so in December 2016 International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) we arrested the vessel on the crew’s behalf.

Back in February 2017 the ITF announced that the 12-strong crew of Malaviya 20 had begun their journey home.

Captain Nikesh Rastogi then joined the vessel with a skeleton crew of three, but apparently they have not been paid since late last year.

The ship was detained by the Admiralty Marshal when the crew’s lawyers secured a High Court order last month. The owners went into liquidation in January 2018.

The Malaviya 20 is one of two Indian-owned and -flagged vessels that were effectively abandoned by their owners after they were detained in Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth.

2004-built, India-flagged, 2,151 gt Malaviya 20 is registered as owned and managed by GOL Offshore Ltd of Mumbai, India.