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A "ghost ship" broke down off the coast of Lorient, high tensions between the sailors on board

2023-12-04T12:19:17.672Z

Highlights: A "ghost ship" broke down off the coast of Lorient, high tensions between the sailors on board. Shut down due to a breakdown since Friday, the icebreaker ship was coming from Rotterdam and was due to arrive in Cyprus for repairs. With food running low on board, the three Georgian sailors have asked the International Transport Worker's Federation (ITF) for help. Their peers didn't like this SOS and made it known with blows. A fight reportedly broke out on board the 50-metre-long boat.


Shut down due to a breakdown since Friday, the icebreaker ship was coming from Rotterdam and was due to arrive in Cyprus for repairs.


You'd think it's the script for the next horror movie in theaters. Nine sailors have been trapped since last Friday on a 50-metre-long boat that broke down just a stone's throw from the French coast, between Lorient and the Ile de Groix. Tensions rose on Sunday between the sailors of seven different nationalities (Syrian, Cypriot, Romanian, Greek, Burmese, Finnish and Georgian). With food running low on board, the three Georgian sailors have asked the International Transport Worker's Federation (ITF) for help. Their peers didn't like this SOS and made it known with blows. A fight reportedly broke out on board.

The icebreaker "Sky III" left the port of Rotterdam for the Cypriot coast, before being forced to anchor near Lorient due to "propulsion damage". The boat, built in 1966, has just been bought by a shipowner who wanted to undertake repairs in Cyprus. Contacted by the ITF, the shipowner undertook to deliver the parts necessary for the proper functioning of the boat as soon as possible as well as food to meet the needs of its employees. "The arrival of food is still delayed by weather problems," said Laure Talloneau, a maritime inspector for the ITF and a member of the CGT, who is in contact with the sailors on board.

The three Georgian sailors are begging to be disembarked and paid. They found a relay on dry land with the CGT of the Marins du Grand Ouest. The union denounced a "grotesque" and "shameful" situation and appealed to the authorities. "The salary arrears are considerable, as no wages have been received since the beginning of their contract," the union said. Laure Talloneau points out that the boat flies the Tanzanian flag, which is "one of the worst flags in the world" in terms of respect for international law. "It's very rare to see boats with the Tanzanian flag in Europe because they're so rotten," she adds.

Laure Talloneau and the CGT are in unison calling for an inspection of the boat, both technical and social, before issuing any authorisation to resume the route to Cyprus. "Who will dare to sign the document allowing it to go back to sea?" the CGT said in a statement, crying "social dumping" and protesting that such a ship (a "wreck" under their pen) had been allowed to set sail again. When contacted, the prefecture of the sea did not immediately respond to our request.

Source: lefigaro

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