Stranded Panama sailors return home

A group of nine sailors from Panama-flagged cargo ship Seccadi (IMO 9123295), who for nearly three weeks were left stranded on the UK River Mersey after the vessel was detained by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency on June 20th, have returned home. Seccadi was detained at a berth in Ellesmere Port due to poor conditions on board.

The crew was in dispute with the vessel’s owner, Voda Shipping of Turkey, over pay and conditions, according to the Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC).

“The seafarers have been repatriated at the owner’s expense”, said John Wilson, LSC chief executive. Following the crew’s repatriation, the International Transport Workers Federation lodged protests with Seccadi’s owners and the Panama ship registry over the conditions discovered onboard the vessel. 1995-built, Panamaflagged, 1,596 gt Seccadi is owned by Star Shipping Consulting of Istanbul, Turkey, and managed by Voda Denizcilik IC VE DIS TIC of the same city. It is entered with Lodestar on behalf of Star Shipping Consulting Corp