Abandoned Ships

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Spotted this news on the BBC:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-56606749
Quote:For the past four years, Mohammed Aisha has been living on an abandoned cargo ship. In recent months, he's been completely alone.

The number of abandoned crews is on the rise, according to Lloyd's List, leaving seafarers in precarious situations.

Occasionally ports can stop ships setting sail for a myriad of reasons, in this case it was health and safety. One ship stopped at my local port a few years back was sailors not being paid. In the instance of the latter, the sailors in question were stuck onboard the vessel for a over a year in the dock and weren't able to go home until the port fees had been paid. (In the end the ship was sold to cover the costs)

In the case of Mohammed Aisha though, his the last guy left on the vessel as the ships "Guardian/Custodian", if someone else had signed the paperwork, they would of had his "job".

It's a sorry state in some respects and it makes me wonder as to if it would be possible for a charity or society to pickup the slack in regards to this on going problem. For instance if a charity/society was to take guardian/custodianship of such vessels, they could have volunteers take a few weeks each as a watchman until the situation is settled. This would stop it landing on any sailor that was unlucky enough to get left behind.
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(Apr 6, 2021 01:04 PM)stryder Wrote: [...] It's a sorry state in some respects and it makes me wonder as to if it would be possible for a charity or society to pickup the slack in regards to this on going problem. For instance if a charity/society was to take guardian/custodianship of such vessels, they could have volunteers take a few weeks each as a watchman until the situation is settled. This would stop it landing on any sailor that was unlucky enough to get left behind.


Voluntary efforts (perhaps even local administrative efforts) would probably be preferable over centralized government solutions, as the latter tend to evolve into either Frankensteins or inefficient disgraces over the long haul.
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