Abandoned Seafarers Saved by Insurance

Here’s a feelgood story of sorts:

Translation of Machinery

All vessels must have insurance covering repatriation of crew and four months’ wages in case of abandonment by the shipowner.

I wasn’t aware of this insurance. Grounds for celebration, yes?

Someone who lives near the Bosphorus puts videos of ships passing on youtube.

Here they are towing the hull to Norway:

Formerly AHTS Katun. UT 708 design. blt. Ulstein Verft 1983 for Sudoimport, Russia:

I inspected her in Vung Tau, Vietnam in 2014 for potential Norwegian buyer, but not found suitable for purpose:

A bit of background story. Does it hurt you?

I didn’t fully read the article and missed the connection with the boat. My mistake.

AFAIK insurance is required by the MLC regs.

Guidelines and MLC regulations

​A joint working group of IMO and the International Labour Organization (ILO), which reported to both IMO’s Legal Committee and ILO’s governing bodies, developed Guidelines on Liability and Compensation regarding Claims for Death, Personal Injury and Abandonment of Seafarers​.

Then, new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) were developed and adopted in 2014. These require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death or long-term disability of seafarers. (See 2014 MLC amendments)

In 2017, the MLC amendments entered into force.