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ID: 102 Title: Crew Abandonment Replis: 5 Read: 5987 Author: 6  Page:[1]  2  
Name: Mat Jen  Posts: 1  **  Vancouver Time: 2003-8-7_14:9:56 Quote    Reply
I am looking for help and/or info regarding crew abandonment and repatriation.

My fiancee and I had been crewing on a yacht since 06/98 and were fired while the vessel was in Gibraltar in 06/03. When I asked the owner/master of the vessel to provide for our repatriation to Tampa, FL, he replied "Thatīs your problem". It is my understanding that the owner/master of the vessel is liable for providing repatriation, but I have not been able to find any hard evidence. The closest thing I have found is the Jones Act, but it seems to pertain to injuries. The USCG has been of little help, usually passing me off to another department.

We were lucky to have had enough money for air fare back to the USA, but now Iīm hoping to be reimbursed by the vessel owner without having to go to court over it. At the very least, if I canīt get the money back, Iīd like to see him prosecuted so this doesnīt happen to another trusting crew. (I have filed a report with the Marine Safety Office in Tampa regarding outdated flares, liferaft, epirbs, first-aid kit( prescription meds expired mid ī80s), & a host of official document errors. Unfortunately, the vessel is currently overseas & out of the USCG jurisdiction.)

This vessel is a commercially registered charter vessel (USCG certificate of documentaion) as a tax loophole and should be treated the same as any other commercial vessel whose crew is abandoned with no provision for repatriation. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.

Name: Tom Yang  Posts: 110    Vancouver Time: 2003-8-7_14:19:35 Quote    Reply
For the benefit of all of us, you should reveal his/her real name and more vessel info... However, as you search thru this forum, you could find some sling-shot matches happened before. Your call.
Name: OCEAN SAILOR  Posts: 171  **  Vancouver Time: 2003-8-7_16:47:12 Quote    Reply
It should have been covered in your crewing agreement, assuming you had a signed crewing agreement in force at the time of your termination otherwise it should have been covered verbably / an undertaking or mutal agreement / understanding.

I assume you are now back home and you signed off the crew list for the vessel. If so there is not much that you can do unfortunately. I have covered this point and how to handle it in my "Guide to offshore passage makers".

Hope this helps but you do not disclose, whether in your opinion, you where dismissed unfairly or not. Accordingly I'M apprehensive to add anything further.

Regards Phil:

The Captain from Hell no 2.

Name: New Town  Posts: 5  **  Vancouver Time: 2003-8-9_19:55:43 Quote    Reply
Should you be interested in reading the preamble for this Guide, it can be viewed at,
Cheers, PHIL:
Name: Allen  Posts: 1    Vancouver Time: 2003-9-2_13:50:20 Quote    Reply
I almost put a crew member off in Mexico last winter and would not have paid for return travel. There was an incident where this person raided my liquor cabinet without permission, drank all night, then kept myself and a guest up while they dry heaved for over an hour. I instead gave them a warning and told them that any further screwups would result in being put off at the next port. I am unreasonable or a Captain from hell?
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