Five crew members on an anchor-handler in Mozambique claim they have not been paid for almost a year by the ship’s owner.
The owner of the 736-gt Amsol (built 1984) is a mystery. But in an interview with Mozambique’s O Pais newspaper, the mariners described it as being from the Middle East and having Iranian connections.
The crew, who come from Iran, Syria, India and Bangladesh, claimed that they were only managing to survive because of assistance provided by the police.
In a televised meeting last week, Sofala provincial maritime administrator Antonio Vilanculos curtly told a representative of the owner who had been summoned to Beira that the crew had better be paid by this week or he would take legal action against the ship.
The Tanzanian-flagged Amsol, which until earlier this month was named PSD 2, has been stranded in Beira for two months because of engine problems.
Earlier this year the ship was working on contract for Mozambique’s National Institute of Hydrography (INAHINA) to repair buoys in the country’s ports.
Shipping databases shed no light on the identity of its owner. The last listed owner in the IHS International Ships Register was Smit Amandla Marine when the ship was named Pentow Service, but that company appears to have sold it in April 2012.
After that, it underwent several name changes, but always with the owner and operator stated as being unknown.
The ship appears to have been laid up in Durban during this vague period of its existence, only departing for Mozambican waters early this year after it was renamed PSD 2.