MARINA Press Release
(06 October 2018) —

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) on Saturday took immediate action on the reported abandonment in Kakinada Port in India of 21 Filipino seafarers by their Greek employer allegedly for 3 months already. These seafarers used to work on-board MV Evangelia M, a Liberian-flagged bulk carrier, trading overseas.

Kakinada port is 1,800 kilometers aways from the Philippine Embassy in New Delhi.

The MARINA is now coordinating with appropriate government agencies including the concerned manning agency to facilitate the repatriation and settlement of salaries and wages of these Filipino seafarers as soon as possible.

The Agency likewise requested the Philippine Embassy in New Delhi through DFA’s Maritime and Ocean Affairs Office (MOAO) information about the identities and health conditions of these seafarers so appropriate medical intervention may be undertaken.

As the country’s flag state administration, the MARINA takes serious steps, in coordination with partner agencies, in the protection and promotion of the general welfare of Filipino seafarers