2,500 sailors left stranded on Liberian-flagged ships by bosses

49d0036d826d1ce7ea848fd011bf2c4c_xlMinisters are being urged to step in to rescue four British seafarers stranded in international waters because their bosses want to avoid the ships being seized by creditors.

According to the Morning Star online, officer cadets Ruaridh Hanna, David Gorniak, Graeme Deacon and Gavin McPhail were supposed to leave Liberian-flagged Hanjin Louisiana on September 2 but have had to stay aboard after the collapse of South Korean shipping company Hanjin; leaving an estimated 2,500 sailors stuck on their ships.

British-based international union Nautilus has been working with the Clyde Marine cadets, their training providers, the shipping company and British maritime authorities to get the trainees home to Glasgow.

But Inverness MP Drew Hendry said it was time ministers stepped in.

“These young cadets cannot be expected to be adrift while all this plays out in the courts,” he said.

“It is vital that every effort is made to protect these students and other affected seafarers.”

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SOURCES: News Now/The People’s Daily – Morning Star

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.