Tug crew says owner abandoned them in Halifax with no pay
HALIFAX, N.S. - The CBC is reporting
on an eight-member crew of a Bolivian-flagged tugboat who claim the owner of the boat has abandoned their vessel and refused to pay them. They are now seeking help, through the Mission to Seafarers charity, in getting home.
According to the article, the crew of the Craig Trans, which is reportedly owned by Gerard Antoine of Vesta Shipping Lines, have been living aboard the tug for as much as a month, and the conditions are not good.
"I have seen infestation of roaches and ants and so forth running through food, but nothing, nothing, to this extent," Gerard Bradbury, inspector for the International Transport Workers Federation, told the CBC. Bradbury also claimed Antoine had similarly abandoned other vessels in North America, though the CBC could not reach Vesta Shipping Lines for comment.
Milton Tavora, the captain of the Trans, said he and his crew have not been paid and have not heard from the vessel's owner in nearly a month.