The case of the 22 Filipino seafarers stranded in Greece, on a ship whose owner went bankrupt, has gained headway after receiving five months’ worth of unpaid salaries, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
In a release posted on its website, the DOLE said the 22 Filipino seamen of the ship Cap Thanos have received about US$300,000 for the months of May up to September 2010.
Athens-based Labor Attaché George Eduvala also said that six of the ship’s crew were repatriated on October 6 as they requested, while the remaining 16 are awaiting the discharge of the cargo, set on November 15, after which they expect to get a discharge bonus of US$40,000.
According to Eduvala, the remaining crewmen hope to be back in the Philippines before Christmas, except for at least four who will stay to man the vessel while waiting for the new crew.
The Filipino crew who have returned to Manila are Antonio L. Arenga Jr., Glenn Barsales Onanad, Ronaldo Agbayani, Penuel Alinsod, Deogracio Manalo, and Crisente Adona.
The 16 remaining crew are Leon Hilario Borneo, Rowell Geron Cervan, Marlon Gonzaga, Bliss Franciss Acain, Lemuel Revelo Obad, John Dagohoy, Eduardo Parman, Melchor Baylen Jr., Tomas Laborte, Virgilio Fajardo, George Santillan, Pedro De Jesus, Romar Delemios, Jose Joy Sendin, Catalino Pantua, and Jonathan Suplico.
Cap Thanos arrived in Greece in July from Indonesia, with a cargo of crude palm oil valued at about $20 million. At that time, the salaries of the crew had not been paid for the past two months.