The 18 crew members of the “Sea Pioneer” which has been moored in the Amsterdam port since Dec 6, 2017, have finally been paid the salaries for December which they desperately needed to support their families in the Philippines and in Pakistan. They hoped that the January salary would also be paid quickly. A creditor has seized the ship which will remain in port until a buyer has been found for the ship.
How long this may take was still unknown. Until a few weeks ago the conditions on board were poor. Apart from the absence of the salary, the heating in large parts of the ship was turned off to save fuel. The crew was also allowed to make only limited use of hot water.
Meanwhile, these restrictions have been lifted. SIM cards, clothing and food were made available, the men have been taken away from the ship for free a few times and were even allowed to shower in a nearby hotel. On Jan 31, inspectors from the International Transport Workers Federation will once again board the tanker to see how the situation is.
Source: Vessel Tracker