Eight Indian sailors are stranded without wages for nine months aboard the vessel MV Topman that entered Dubai waters in November 2017. The crew members of the Panama flagged ship that is docked at berth No. 13 in Dubai Maritime City (DMC) claimed that their company has abandoned them without providing wages and enough food and fuel. The crew members said they have been paid only one month’s salary since they reached Dubai waters. They also alleged that there is a minimal supply of food and drinking water and they had been supplied food twice by Nautical Institute UAE.
As they are running out of fuel, the crew members said, they also started rationing fuel for the night and have been spending the daytime under a tarpaulin roof they made on the deck. “We are just surviving. We have lost seven-eight kilos. We don’t have energy in us. Our families are suffering back home. The situation is so tough that we are on the verge of suicide,” said one of them. The sailors raised the concern that they cannot leave the ship since they do not have the UAE visas. The Indian Consulate in Dubai said the mission had been in constant touch with both crew members and the company to resolve the issue. “We are also in touch with the Federal Transport Authority (FTA) and the Panama Consulate to resolve the issues of sea-farers of the ship,” the consulate said.