“The surveyors found a number of expired and invalid seafarers employment contracts, delays in payment of wages and crews who had been, for more than 12 months,” the MCA said in a statement.
Four of the vessels flying the flag of the Bahamas, and one with Portugal.
A spokesman for Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV), which operates the ships, said that the company ” has cooperated fully with the investigators.
“The MCA has identified some issues relating to the expiration of the crew of the contracts and the crew on board of more than 12 months. The two issues that occurred as a result of the enforced disappearance of a lock of the period and the Covid-19 travel restrictions for some countries. They have also identified the latest temporary delays in the payment of wages due within the last week and have already been corrected by the DAC, ” he added.
“The health, safety and well-being of all of their passengers and crew is CMV is the top priority. CMV, like many other cruise lines, has been faced with an unprecedented number of emerging humanitarian problem, because many members of the crew became stranded on cruise ship closed borders, because of the global outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The CMV has worked hard to get as many crew members as possible, and has been unable to repatriate all the crew members due to restrictions on travel, ” he said.
Some 600 of the six crew members of ships Indians, according to Kshitij Thakur, a legislator in the state of Maharashtra.
Thakur has requested in a letter sent to the Indian government, that the sailors, who ” have been stuck in foreign waters for nearly 90 days “, to repatriate as soon as possible.
The All Indian seafarers ‘ Union added in his own letter to the New Delhi government that many of the sailors on board of ships, Astoria, had been on hunger strike and organized a peaceful demonstration to call for help.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has described the people of the sea, earlier this week that the two “the unsung heroes of the pandemic” and ” the collateral victims of the crisis “.
More than 80 percent of world trade by volume, including food, goods, raw materials and the manufacturer of the goods, are transported around the world by sea in vessels with a global workforce.
These seafarers, who spend several weeks or months at sea, are often made between their country of origin and the port of departure and port of arrival. But the travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, have left tens of thousands of them are stranded on the ship, or not able to reach the ships, the IMO has said.
“Repeated extensions of their contracts have now reached a level where it cannot continue without serious consequences for the health of seafarers and, consequently, for the safety of fishing vessels to operate,” the IMO has warned.
It is estimated that from mid-June up to 300 000 people of the sea, each month, will require international flights to allow crew changes and nearly half of them will have to be repatriated to the home by aircraft, while the other half join the ships.
An additional 70 000 cruise ship staff are also currently in the process of being repatriated, he said.