The International Transport Federation (ITF) with the support of the Port State Control (MCA) has detained an offshore supply vessel in Aberdeen yesterday, specialist transport union RMT reported.
According to a press release sent by the union, the MV Malaviya Seven was detained in a “blatant example of modern day slavery”.
“The seizure of this vessel exposes the scandal of modern day slavery on our ships right at the heart of the UK’s oil capital, Aberdeen”, said RMT General Secretary Mick Cash.
Slavery Claim Sees Offshore Supply Vessel Detained In UK
The ITF took the decision to detain the vessel to secure pay and benefits for the fifteen Indian nations working on the vessel, the RMT explained.
None of the crew members had been paid for almost two months and many had not received anything at all from their employer for several months, it added.
The RMT has requested the UK Border Control authorities to investigate concerns about “modern day slavery” being applied by the ship owners and charters/brokers.
Meanwhile, the Port State Control has been alerted to a similar situation on the MV Malaviya Twenty vessel, in the port of Great Yarmouth.
Seafarers “Drawing Benefit from the State”
According to Cash, this detention “exposes the shameful practices in the exploitation of our natural resources, practices that must be outlawed and regulated against immediately”.
“These ships of shame are a blatant abuse of migrant workers and are contrary to any number of stated industry and government objectives around Human Rights and Maximising Economic Recovery from our resources”, he stated.
“Additionally, it is a catalyst for the dumping of UK seafarers, many thousands of whom are drawing benefit from the state”, he added.
“In the week where the former Chief of BP, Trevor Garlick, is awarded an OBE for his services to the industry we have to ask if those “services” included the introduction of slave labour practices to our country”, he stated further.