Stranded Seafarers’ Nightmare Finally Over
The long ordeal faced by groups of stranded crew supported by seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has finally ended, after all the seafarers received their unpaid wages. The crew were stranded on two ships, MV Torrent and MV Independent, both arrested in Rye and Shoreham-by-Sea in Sussex, England since January last year.
A total of £61,282 (USD 103,203) unpaid salary has been paid to 12 crew members, from Ukraine and Russia.
number of months seafarers spent stranded in Rye and Shoreham-by-Sea
Reverend Roger Stone, AoS port chaplain for Shoreham-by-Sea, said, “At last this long-running saga has been brought to an end and the seafarers have received the money that was rightfully theirs.”
Stone and his team of ship visiting volunteers provided practical and pastoral support to the seafarers who were unpaid and left in limbo after the shipping company they worked for fell into financial difficulties.
AoS stepped in to assist the men by raising emergency funds for the crew to send home and by providing food, internet access and phone cards so they could contact their anxious families.
Press Release; August 7, 2014