My current ship’s master today ordered our two third mates off the ship and to buy their own tickets home to the United States. Their reliefs arrived but the company has been unable to provide travel back to the States due to a lack of flights. No cash was advanced to them. They were told to pay with their own credit cards. Upon return to Norfolk they can request to be reimbursed however the flights to the U.S. may or may not be reimbursed due to the ‘Fly America Act.’
They didn’t volunteer to go without travel. They didn’t want to risk not being reimbursed. They were told to go.
Anyone else see this before?
18 USC 2195: Abandonment of sailors
§2195. Abandonment of sailors
Whoever, being master or commander of a vessel of the United States, while abroad, maliciously and without justifiable cause forces any officer or mariner of such vessel on shore, in order to leave him behind in any foreign port or place, or refuses to bring home again all such officers and mariners of such vessel whom he carried out with him, as are in a condition to return and willing to return, when he is ready to proceed on his homeward voyage, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.