Dubai, July 2: Around 100 Indian sailors who were aboard on 22 ships have been stranded in UAE waters who have sought the help of Indian Consulate General in Dubai. While talking to local media, India’s Consul-General Vipul said nearly 100 Indian sailors aboard 22 ships have been stranded in UAE waters and have sought the help of the Indian Consulate General in Dubai.
He said the number of distress calls from Indian sailors stranded in UAE waters had hit its peak this summer. “We are currently dealing with cases of 22 ships. There are 97 Indians aboard these vessels.” “Outstanding salary, non-availability of food, fresh water, fuel, harsh living conditions and no sign-off after the contract period are the major concerns voiced by the sailors,” he added.
The consulate further said it had been contacting the owners and agents for settlement of the dues, provision of food, water and fuel, request for sign off. The mission has helped repatriate 36 sailors from six ships i.e MV Gulf Pearl, MV Ayah, Enjaz 2, MV Salem, MVRock and Al-Hamad 1 in the past few weeks.
In some cases, the Consulate has been providing food, water and even fuel and recharge of their mobile phones, it added. Meanwhile, Vipul said the mission had been taking up the issues of the stranded sailors, case by case, with the relevant authorities. “We alone cannot solve their problems, especially related to their pending salaries,” he explained. He also urged Indian seafarers to conduct proper checks on the credibility and financial status of shipping companies before joining them to avoid such situations.
However, though the exact number of crew members belonging to other nationalities is not available with the Indian Consulate, the mission said there are sailors from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Myanmar and Pakistan also on these ships. The majority of the sailors have complained about not being paid by their employers for several months. They have also sought to sign off and fly home after receiving payment of their pending dues.
Earlier also, many incidents of Indian workers working abroad are been held captive over the salary issues. At the end of March this year, the Indian government also rescued 29 Indian workers from Saudi Arabia and also paid their flight tickets.