MV Tamim Aldar Seafarer Vikas Mishra updated abandonment testimony

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9th July 2019

London. UK. One of the three remaining seafarers onboard the UAE flagged MV Tamim Aldar, owned by Dubai-based Eliteway Marine Services Ltd, has provided Human Rights at Sea with an exclusive updated personal testimony to the continuing issue of their abandonment by Eliteway now seven nautical miles inside of UAE territorial waters.

The case has been widely covered since it was raised into public awareness by the charity through its December 2018 detailed case study and various coverage from the likes of Gulf News, The Maritime Executive, The Times of India and the Khaleej Times.

Today, Vikas Mishra explained that despite being previously towed in close to the shore on 1 July 2019, and with assurances that their plight and abandonment would soon come to an end with payment of outstanding wages, the situation for the remaining two Indian and two Eritrean crew has not changed. Meantime, the Mission to Seafarers continues to attend to the welfare concerns of the crew.

Despite remaining positive, Vikas commented that:

” In the evening we are making Maggi, and daytime we are making rice and adding salt and eating, so last 10 days we are eating the same provisions.”

“The problem is our generator is not operational, mostly..in the day we are using for one hour, so in one hour very difficult to charge even mobile…night time also we have to use mobile as a torchlight..”

Seafarer Vikas Mishra abandonment verbal testimony – 9 July 2019

2019/07/09: The latest update from Indian seafarer, Vikas Mishra, abandoned for 33 months onboard the UAE flagged MV Tamim Aldar, now anchored 7 nautical miles off the UAE coast.

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