Crew on a Samho VLCC say they have been stuck in Dubai for two months without pay.
The 28 men on the 300,000-dwt Samho Crown (built 1996) appealed to the Khaleej Times newspaper to help them, saying : “As we are running out of hope day by day, we are stranded in a helpless situation with no one to rescue us. We are seeing you as the last ray of hope as the vessel is still stationed in the territorial waters of Dubai. Can you please help us ?”
The vessel has been in Dubai since 28 January. The crew has been living on rationed food.
The men include 21 Indians, four Koreans, including the captain and the chief engineer, and one citizen each from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Georgia.
An officer said : “In March, we were starving of food, and the ration supplement was also meagre. We didn’t have any fresh vegetables and dairy products for a month.
"The crew had to merely survive on rice and pulses. All medicines have expired. We had to fight a lot even for provisions. We had to call ITF and authorities at Dubai Drydocks and Dubai Port for food supply,” an officer said.
A spokesperson for International Tanker Management, the management company in Dubai responsible for recruitment and salaries, said Samho has promised money by 15 April.
Samho is thought to have paid the biggest ransom yet handed over to Somali pirates - $9.5m - to release its 319,000-dwt VLCC Samho Dream (built 2002).