Sailors stuck after vessel runs aground
Sunday, February 22 2009 @ 05:02 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
A company spokesman said the sailors will be paid after the ship is broken down and sold as scrap. Sailors said the ship could have been saved if the company had acted fast and pulled it out with tug boats when it ran aground.
A salvage company has offered $600,000 (Dh2.1 million) for the ship. The propeller has sunk into the soft sand.
"There is no way you can save the ship now," said the captain.
The company spokesman alleges that more than 100 tonnes of diesel is missing. "The sailors say there was a hole in the hull, but you know what happens when oil leaks," he said.
The sailors pointed out a diver's report which showed that there were three holes in the hull and the oil had seeped into the sand. "If they want to blame us, we too can say the [operators] of the tankers who took the discharged oil had sold some on the sly."
The sailors' passports are with immigration. They will go home only when all their salaries have been paid by the company.
"We are in a desperate situation. There is nothing to do here. We are also running out of lube oil [to run the onboard generators]," said the sailors.