An SOS has been sent to Bombay high court seeking orders to the Union government to ensure repatriation of 19 Indian sailors who are marooned on a merchant ship off Fujairah Port in the United Arab Emirates.
A petition was filed on behalf of the crew by Darya Shipping, which has been appointed to man the vessel, LPG Maharshi Vamadeva, owned by Varun Shipping Resources, a company under liquidation.
The petition came up on Friday before a division bench of justices Naresh Patil and Girish Kulkarni.
The court was told that according to the captain, the ship is running out of supplies, including food and water. The bench has scheduled the matter for hearing on April 23.
The company, in its petition filed through advocate Abhishek Khare, has sought government intervention so that the Indian Consulate in UAE can process the crew’s immigration documents. The petition cited emails sent by the Master of the vessel that it was running out of Marine Gas Oil and would soon be in a blackout condition, which poses a navigational hazard. The ship’s supply of food is expected to last till April 25 and water supplies till the end of the month.