Earlier this autumn, the Norwegian Maritime Directorate discovered that the crew of a Panama-registered ship in Ålesund hadn’t been paid for six months.
“The case with the Panama-registered ship shows that it is important that we check working and living conditions when we are on board vessels. We are doing that to a greater extent than a few years ago,” Alf Tore Sørheim, the leader of the department for operational supervision in the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, noted.
The Directorate detained the ship, called the “Diavlos Force,” and contacted the International Transport Workers’ Federation to support the seafarers on board.
Four months of pay
After a lot of work, the crew was allowed to go home, and they have, so far, been paid for four months.
The Norwegian Maritime Directorate carries out around 600 inspections of working conditions on Norwegian-flagged ships annually.
In addition, the Directorate inspects around 550 foreign ships annually.
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