Croatia crew: 'no food for 13 days'
THE CREW of an impounded Croatian dry cargo ship has not received food or water for 13 days, the head of the Croatian Seafarers' Union said today.
The Sol Trader was impounded on 6 January in the Adriatic port of Koper for non-payment of debts to a fuel supplier.
Predrag Brazzoduro told the Zagreb-based Javno.hr news portal that food and water supply to the crew was halted after their first day in the port. He also said the crew has not been paid in months, so seafarers have no money to buy food.
He called for Slovenian officials to allow the ship to be laid up so the crew can come ashore.
"The crew has become prisoners on their own ship and this is not good news for sea transport in the vicinity either.
"The priority should be for them to be paid and this could happen if the ship was auctioned. The court expenses could be covered this way as well," Brazzoduro said.
The vessel was seized by the Koper Harbour Master's office after it delivered a cargo of salt to the Slovenia's Portoroz.