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Diocese of Aberdeen
UK News

Bishop of Aberdeen visits stranded seamen

by Aaron James

Rt Rev Hugh Gilbert visited the Indian crew, working for an overseas oil company, who've been stuck in Aberdeen Harbour since June 15th.

According to the Diocese of Aberdeen the crew are on an offshore supply vessel called 'Malayiva Seven' which is being detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The Diocese told Premier that it's not the seamen who were being detained but the ship itself, because of legal issues regarding its sale between its Indian owners and another party.

At the same time, there are also claims the staff's wages have not been paid.

Diocese of Aberdeen

Bishop Hugh with the crew of Malayiva Seven

Diocese of Aberdeen

The bishop's visit was arranged by the Catholic seafarer's charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), which has been providing warm clothing for the winter months.

Bishop Gilbert said: "Though the situation will remain tense until justice is done, it was clear that the efforts of the Apostleship of the Sea and others on behalf of the crew were much appreciated.

"Gratitude and good humour were evident."

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