Friday, November 26, 2010

Foreign Ministry Monitoring Settlement of Indonesian Crew in S. Africa

Friday, November 26, 2010

Jakarta, The Indonesian foreign ministry through its embassy in Pretoria is continuously monitoring the settlement of the case of Indonesian ship crew involved in a dispute with the ship`s owners recently.

In its statement received here on Friday the office through its embassy in Pretoria kept making intensive communications with the parties concerned such as the South African foreign ministry, the South African immigration service and the International Transport Workers` Federation (ITF) in Durban to assure the fulfilment of the rights of the crew.

On November 12, 2010 the Indonesian embassy in Pretoria recieved a report about 19 Indonesian crew of South African-flagged ship El-Shadai having a dispute with the ship owner.

As a result the crew decided to go ashore the next day and reported the case to the Seafarer`s Association in Durban, 500 kilometers from Pretoria where they were then being accomodated for three nights.

In an effort to settle the cass the Indonesian embassy sent a staff member to Durban on November 12 to help the crew with supplies and to assure their health conditions.

On November 16, El Shadai left Durban carrying the crew`s passports and personal effects left on the ship. Since that day the crew were accomodated at the Westville Police Station.

The ship is scheduled to return to Durban on December 5.

The Indonesian embassy in Pretoria has sent a note to the South African foreign ministry to ask for its attention to the crew`s case.

It has also reported to the Department of Home Afairs asking it that the crew would not be treated as criminals and the International Transport Workers` Federationi in Durban and its headquarters in London.

The embassy has also hired local lawyers to help negotiate with the ship`s owners.


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