ITF help for crew of ship that ran out of fuel

The ITF in the UK is helping to recover back wages for the crew of a ship that ran out of fuel off the south west coast of England.

The Russian-owned, Dominican Republic-flagged Taigeta was towed to safety on 6 April after it ran out of fuel on a voyage to Rotterdam, Netherlands. It was detained by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency in Falmouth, Cornwall for “serious safety management deficiencies”.

The ship was so low on fuel that the crew were unable to switch on the navigation lights needed for a surveyor to make safety checks.

ITF inspector Chris Jones said the crew of 11 Russian and Ukrainian seafarers, and a Latvian cadet, were owed two months’ back pay and he has secured assurances that the money will be paid to them. The Mission to Seafarers is providing food and communication facilities for the crew.



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