PSC protects the deceived seafarers in the Far East
Tao Ace (flag of Panama) was jointly inspected by the Port State Control (PSC) and the Far Eastern Regional Organization of the Seafarers' Union of Russia (SUR FERO) at the Port of Nakhodka. As a result, the crew members, who were previously rotated without wage payments, received more than $31,000.
The labour conflict between the company and three seafarers had started in the Port of Hibikinada, Japan. The company wrote off a chief engineer, à second officer and a cook due to the expiration of their contracts. They had three-month wage debts. The crew reached out to Fusao Ohori, the International Transport Workers' Federation coordinator in Japan. He sent a letter to Pyotr Osichansky, the ITF inspector in Vladivostok, seeking to make an inspection of M/V Tao Ace because the next of her port of call was Russian port of Posyet. The ITF inspector got support of the harbourmaster.
However, during a sailing direction the Tao Ace's captain received from the shipowner a letter informing about the change of her port of call. Tao Ace called at Nakhodka for coal loading. Here Alexander Sherstyuk, the PSC inspector in Nakhodka, and the SUR FERO inspector were waiting for the ship. They checked the ship against the Consolidated Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).
Speaking to the crews, the chairman of the union Nikolai Sukhanov confirmed that the employer rotated three seafarers without wage payments. “Tao Ace's captain got in contact with the company and informed it that the PSC could detain the ship due to the breaches of the MLC, particularly the wage requirements. The employer responded quickly and paid to the ex-crew members over $31,000,” the SUR FERO's leader said.
The SUR points out that the Port State Control in the Russian Far East protects the interest of simple maritime workers continuously. “We express gratitude to the Administration of the Nakhodka Commercial Sea Port and its timely support in the settlement of the seafarers' issues,” Nikolai Sukhanov added. “Hopefully our cooperation will be continued in the future.