Crew of Navi Wind to receive wages, flights home

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There’s good news for the stranded crew of the Navi Wind, a powerless and damaged ship tied up in Argentia.

The Navi Wind in St. John’s harbour Oct. 21. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegarm

The vessel owners have agreed to pay the crew close to $100,000 in back wages on Dec. 20 and crewmembers will be flown home on Dec. 21 or 22.

Gerard Bradbury of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) issued a news release today informing of the agreement reached with the vessel owners.

The crew had been bound for Turkey with a cargo of scrap metal when power failed on the vessel during a violent North Atlantic storm. On Dec. 6, Transport Canada directed the vessel to return to Argentia as it was taking on water in the engine room.

The ship was towed to port and has been detained there ever since, but the crew members were in rough shape, having little food and fresh water and no power to heat their cabins.

Water, food, as well as warm clothing and blankets have been donated to the crew by various organizations, companies and unions. There is heat in the common areas of the ship, but none in the cabins.

Communicating with the crewmembers has been difficult. The crew is a mixture of Croatian and Greek, and communicating between those languages, as well as English, has been an obstacle.

The crew, however, has indicated its appreciation to the people of the province, and particularly those in the Placentia area, for an outpouring of support.

Organizations: International Transport Workers' Federation, Transport Canada

Geographic location: Turkey, Argentia, Placentia

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  • marios abdel malik
    December 21, 2013 - 19:56

    Please can you tell me is my father OK? His name is Samir abdel malik and he is in navy wind from Greek crew.I have no contact

  • david
    December 17, 2013 - 12:04

    $100 grand is a pittance for the owners to pay to wash their hands of their garbage scow. Well done, everyone. We'll see you in February, 2016 for " Orlova Redux".

    • Greg
      December 17, 2013 - 19:29

      another free ship? im down

    • david
      December 18, 2013 - 13:38

      Greg: You seem just smart enough to be genuinely interested...an ACOA grant (promise 'em 50 jobs and you're in), and you got yourself a top tier Newfie business.