Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pinoy crew of arrested ship in Canada in good condition –DFA

The 13 Filipino crew of a detained container ship near Vancouver, Canada, are in good condition although most of them have already expressed their desire to go home, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement Tuesday.
The Filipino crew of Hanjin Vienna have been stranded since September 1 last year after the ship was arrested in connection with the legal trouble currently rocking the South Korean shipping company.
The 280-meter container ship is owned and managed by Hamburg-based Reederei NSB but is chartered by Hanjin Shipping. It is currently anchored at Vancouver’s Inner Harbour Anchorage.
A report on CBC News said Hanjin Shipping went in to receivership at the end of August 2016 and Hanjin Vienna, which was supposedly on its way to Seattle in the USA, has been in legal limbo ever since.
According to the DFA, the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver visited the Filipino crew on January 15 to check on their condition and to get updates on the current status of the ship.
The DFA said Consul Rogelio Villanueva Jr. met with Captain Hans-Ruediger Kroeger who briefed him on the ship's status.
"He was able to talk with the Filipino crew who are all in good condition and who have enough supplies and food onboard," the DFA said.
It added that most of the crew were nearing the end of their contracts and were eager to return to their families in the Philippines after spending their Christmas and New Year on board the ship. —KBK, GMA News

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