Offshore “Slave” Conditions Resolved Off Aberdeen

Published at 02:00PM - 08/08/16

The Malaviya Seven offshore support vessel has reportedly been released after being held in UK waters for more than two months over “slave-like” conditions aboard.

The vessel was released on August 4, following the payment of the wages to the crew and the repatriation of seafarers with expired employment agreements, a Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson said.

“The decision to detain the vessel has been taken as a means to securing pay and benefits for the fifteen Indian nationals who are working on the vessel”, RMT union reported at the time of the detainment.

Offshore “Slave” Conditions Resolved Off Aberdeen

The Indian-flagged vessel with Indian crew had been detained since June 15.

Aberdeen authorities had seized the vessel following the discovery that the owner of the vessel, GOL Offshore, had not paid wages to the workers and some of their employment contracts were not valid.

At the time, the RMT described the event as “a blatant example of modern day slavery”.

None of the fifteen crew members had been paid for almost two months, “while several have not received a penny from their employer for several months”, RMT said.

The crew was reportedly hired to work for approximately $2 (£1.53) per hour, which is less than a fifth of the UK National Minimum Wage provisions, RMT reported at the time.

Lack of Payment and Expired Contracts Off Aberdeen

According to data disclosed by the union, the MV Malaviya Seven had been on a recent charter in the UK offshore sector with BP, the Wood Group, Dana and Premier Oil.

The BBC reported the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as saying: “The Malaviya Seven was released from detention following the payment of crew wages and repatriation of seafarers with expired employment agreements”.

As well as this, the International Transport Workers’ Federation said the vessel would be monitored closely.