Injustice to Seafarers of VLCC Tosa in Taiwan

by OldSailor on August 5, 2009

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VLCC_Tosa It seems seafarers are treated better by the Somali pirates than the State authorities. The crew of Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Tosa are detained in Taiwan since April 18. After three months of detention, the master of the vessel Glen Patrick Aroza is going to be tried for ‘involuntary man-slaughter’ and the trial is scheduled to commence on August 20 at Hualien County, Taiwan.

The seafarers in the hands of pirates know at least that they would be released on payment of ransom. But in the hands of State authorities, under the pretext of investigations and trials they never know when they would be released.

Some reports appearing in the news media regarding VLCC Tosa are:

  • VLCC Tosa:
    • Panama-flagged, 2008-built, 302,159 dwt
    • Owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan
    • Managed by NYK Ship management
  • The incident and detention
    • Vessel was on voyage from South Korea to Singapore in April 2009 Port_Hualien
    • It is reported that a Taiwanese fishing boat, ‘Hsin Tung Chuan 86’ capsized in the vicinity of Tosa resulting in the death of two fishermen
    • Taiwan Coast Guard suspected that Tosa is responsible for the incident and escorted Tosa to Taiwanese Port Hualien and are holding the crew under detention
    • The second officer Mohammed Rizaul Karim from Bangladesh and seaman Eduwardo Mallorca are being investigated for desertion, for failing to come to the aid of a capsized fishing vessel
    • Taiwan’s Maritime Patrol Directorate General suspects that there was a collision between the Tosa and Hsin Tung Chuan 86 and Tosa after collision attempted to flee the scene
    • Evidence is available to show that Tosa was at least one hour from the position where the fishermen’s boat capsized
    • The vessel was released after a letter of undertaking was issued by the vessel’s P&I Club Britannia

As usual the Indian Government wants to follow ‘wait and watch’ policy. Preetha, wife of captain Glen Patrick Aroza from Mangalore is running around to meet the government agencies in Mumbai and Delhi to step up efforts to ensure the release of her husband.

View a video clip from Times Now: Detained sailor’s wife pleads govt to intervene

Read more from The Times of India.

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