Stranded ship seamen have left for home

Captain Mikhail Polyakov with crewman Igor Aleyvikos

The Independent

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The last two crew members of a cargo vessel stranded in port because its parent company faced financial difficulties have finally gone home.

The Independent had been in Shoreham Port since 2013 after its owners failed to pay outstanding fuel bills.

The vessel, which initially had eight crew on board, was not allowed to move while the debt problem was resolved.

Its crew were owed tens of thousands of pounds in unpaid wages and relied on a charity to provide them with rations during a year-and-a-half on board.

However the ordeal has now come to an end after the ship’s parent company Independent Shipping, owned by Dudman construction boss Steve Dudman, settled their outstanding wages.

The crew were able to go home with colleagues on another stranded vessel, the MV Torrent in Rye Harbour.

A total of £61,282 in unpaid salary was paid to 12 crew members.

The Rev Roger Stone, of the Apostleship of the Sea charity, which helped the crew, said: “At last this long-running saga has been brought to an end and the seafarers have received the money that was rightfully theirs.”

Roger and his team of volunteers provided practical and pastoral support to the seafarers who were “unpaid and left in limbo”. The charity raised emergency funds for the crew to send home and provided food, internet access and phone cards so they could contact their families.

There were originally eight crew but six went home of their own accord and are not being paid.

The last two were the ship’s captain, Michael Polyakov, and crew member, 32-year-old Ukrainian Igor Aleyvikos.

Shoreham Port confirmed the last two sailors have finally left the UK.

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6:45am Tue 12 Aug 14

HJarrs says...

What a disgrace that these people were denied their wages and left to live on charity. Even more disgraceful that some of the crew have received nothing.
What a disgrace that these people were denied their wages and left to live on charity. Even more disgraceful that some of the crew have received nothing. HJarrs
  • Score: 17

8:56am Tue 12 Aug 14

Sidewinder says...

Dudman is a crook, he' s done this sort of thing many times and will probably do it again. horrible man.,
Dudman is a crook, he' s done this sort of thing many times and will probably do it again. horrible man., Sidewinder
  • Score: 15

9:33am Tue 12 Aug 14

Beachwatcher says...

The Independent left Shoreham Harbour over 3 months ago - this is hardly current news
The Independent left Shoreham Harbour over 3 months ago - this is hardly current news Beachwatcher
  • Score: 0

10:41am Tue 12 Aug 14

Bluebeef says...

"Rev Roger Stone, of the Apostleship of the Sea charity, which helped the crew"

The Church is dying? I don't think so do you: Well, done and thank you
"Rev Roger Stone, of the Apostleship of the Sea charity, which helped the crew" The Church is dying? I don't think so do you: Well, done and thank you Bluebeef
  • Score: 9

12:22pm Tue 12 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

Beachwatcher wrote:
The Independent left Shoreham Harbour over 3 months ago - this is hardly current news
Hmm....perhaps the report is simply a plug for a charity?
[quote][p][bold]Beachwatcher[/bold] wrote: The Independent left Shoreham Harbour over 3 months ago - this is hardly current news[/p][/quote]Hmm....perhaps the report is simply a plug for a charity? stevo!!
  • Score: -10

10:27pm Tue 12 Aug 14

John Steed says...

about time they were paid, it was not the skippers and crews fault. dudman offloaded a significant amount of debt when his company went under for some £30 million, he purchased back the assets for just £6 million. it was all legal but the treatment of the sailors was immoral. the whole affair speaks volumes about Mr Dudman
about time they were paid, it was not the skippers and crews fault. dudman offloaded a significant amount of debt when his company went under for some £30 million, he purchased back the assets for just £6 million. it was all legal but the treatment of the sailors was immoral. the whole affair speaks volumes about Mr Dudman John Steed
  • Score: 3

1:17am Wed 13 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

John Steed wrote:
about time they were paid, it was not the skippers and crews fault. dudman offloaded a significant amount of debt when his company went under for some £30 million, he purchased back the assets for just £6 million. it was all legal but the treatment of the sailors was immoral. the whole affair speaks volumes about Mr Dudman
The law needs changing so that people cannot do this. You should not legally be allowed to write off your debts but still be able to rebuy your own assets for a lot less money - corruption rules in the UK.
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: about time they were paid, it was not the skippers and crews fault. dudman offloaded a significant amount of debt when his company went under for some £30 million, he purchased back the assets for just £6 million. it was all legal but the treatment of the sailors was immoral. the whole affair speaks volumes about Mr Dudman[/p][/quote]The law needs changing so that people cannot do this. You should not legally be allowed to write off your debts but still be able to rebuy your own assets for a lot less money - corruption rules in the UK. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 0

5:49am Wed 13 Aug 14

Dave At Home says...

I thought Dudman said they would honor the wages of the crew even if they left the ship and went home.... now it appears he has reneged on that and only 2 members were paid.... That is very wrong. Hopefully the port of Shoreham has been paid its fees too.
I thought Dudman said they would honor the wages of the crew even if they left the ship and went home.... now it appears he has reneged on that and only 2 members were paid.... That is very wrong. Hopefully the port of Shoreham has been paid its fees too. Dave At Home
  • Score: 0

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