London. UK. / Fairhaven. MA. USA. Human Rights at Sea and the Dominica Flag State Administration remain closely engaged in the background investigations into the incident of the hijacking of the MT GULF SKY (IMO 9150377) on 5/6 July 2020 from UAE to Iranian waters, which later saw 26 of the 28 crew who had been deprived of their liberty and threatened with being shot during the ordeal, repatriated to India. This has included close engagement with the UAE Federal Transport Authority.
Joint Press Release Immediate 15 July 2020 London. UK / Fairhaven/MA. USA. Following the rapidly emerging case of the alleged kidnap of 28 Indian seafarers of the MT Gulf Sky the evening of 5 July 2020 by unknown persons and their forced transfer to Iranian waters, resulting, at the time of writing, in 26 seafarers being...
London. UK. / Fairhaven. MA. USA. Human Rights at Sea and the Dominica Flag State Administration are increasingly concerned about the change in status of the MV Gulf Sky (IMO 9150377) and its crew, having been informed that the vessel, which was under arrest under a UAE Admiralty Law injunction and had been issued a Prohibition to Sail notice via the Commonwealth of Dominica while anchored off Port Khor Fakkan Anch, had left UAE waters violating both the injunction and the prohibition to sail. At the time of writing, the vessel’s location is unknown with the last AIS signal received eight days ago according to VesselFinder.com.
London.UK. The ongoing case of the MV Gulf Sky published by Human Rights at Sea last week, reported on the challenges and standing problems of the crew when salaries, provisions and management communications are disrupted. The charity has continued to follow the case and yesterday ( 2 June 2020), was updated by the flag State as to the further actions being taken from their position.
London.UK. Human Rights at Sea was contacted in mid-May by the Master of the MV Gulf Sky (IMO 150377) flying the flag of Dominican Republic currently anchored off Port Khor Fakkan Anch, UAE, who on behalf of the crew, raised serious concerns about the welfare of the seafarers and the financial hardships that they are subject to given the three months delay in their wages, as well as their living conditions onboard including periodic re-supply of essential victuals.