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Nine sailors stranded on 'garbage ship' off the coast of Brittany

2023-12-05T14:48:32.678Z

Highlights: Nine sailors stranded on 'garbage ship' off the coast of Brittany. The Sky III, a former icebreaker in very poor condition, has been anchored near the island of Groix since Friday. The sailors demanded to be disembarked and paid, facing significant wage arrears. The maritime prefecture of the Atlantic assured Monday to follow the situation "closely" and "be in discussion with the shipowner" with whom a point was to be made Monday. The ship was reportedly on its way to Cyprus for "repairs"


The Sky III, a former icebreaker in very poor condition, has been anchored near the island of Groix since Friday. Associations and trade unions are denouncing the situation of the sailors on board, who lack water and food.


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Who dared to let this ship sail?" The CGT of sailors in the Grand Ouest and the sailors' association Mor Glaz denounce the situation of a "garbage ship" anchored between Lorient and the island of Groix since Friday 1 December with its crew stuck on board. The Sky III, a former Tanzanian-flagged icebreaker built in 1966, had departed from Rotterdam and was reportedly on its way to Cyprus for "repairs".

He would face engine damage, according to Le Télégramme. "The only machine that works, would allow the ship to sail at the speed of 6 knots in calm seas, the sailors do not think they can rely on this old worn and failing engine," Mor Glaz wrote in a statement.

Lack of food and water

On this "pile of rust" are nine sailors of seven nationalities (Cypriot, Romanian, Greek, Burmese, Finnish, Georgian and Syrian), according to the CGT. They lack water and food, their safety equipment is "out of order" and "the smell of fuel oil is unbearable," says the Mor Glaz association. The sailors demanded to be disembarked and paid, facing significant wage arrears.

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The general condition of the ship is very worrying" and the working conditions of the sailors are "deplorable", confirms to Ouest-France Laure Tallonneau, inspector of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), estimating that "this boat can not return to sea".

The call for help from some sailors to the inspector would have led to reprisals on board, she assures France Bleu. "They've been beaten, they're being insulted and now they're confined to their cabin because they don't dare to go out.

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The maritime prefecture of the Atlantic, which did not respond to the requests of the Figaro, assured Monday to Ouest-France to follow the situation "closely" and "be in discussion with the shipowner" with whom a point was to be made Monday. Three Georgian sailors were supposed to be disembarked that same day, according to the inspector and the maritime prefecture, but this was not the case, Le Marin reported during the day.

On Monday evening, the maritime prefecture told Le Télégramme that "the option of an upcoming inspection of the ship has been discussed" and that it could take place as early as Tuesday.

Source: lefigaro

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