According to an online article https://www.tradewindsnews.com/news/three-livestock-carriers-reported-abandoned-in-atlantic/2-1-1196686, nearly 200 seafarers are said to be stranded on three livestock carriers linked to the same Middle Eastern company, owed at least two months’ wages.
The vessels are the Ghena, Bader III and Zein I. The Bader and Ghena regularly plied the Australian live ex trade for years.
According to the postings, the Ghena has been at Montevideo anchorage in Uruguay since 15 February. Seventy Filipino crew members, three Colombians and one from Jordan are reported on board, owed two months of wages.
Up to 74 seafarers are said to be on board the Bader III, which has been reported as abandoned since 15 February at Puerto Cabello in Venezuela. According to the ITF, most crew are owed two months’ wages and a number of Pakistanis on board even six months’.
The livestock carrier trade is often criticised for poor animal welfare. As poor animal welfare and poor human welfare are often associated, this latest twist should come as no surprise. Lets hope the crew are paid and the ships scuttled!