Auction of Greek vessel set on Feb. 17 for crew's back wages — DFA

January 22, 2010 11:08 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Jan. 22 — The Greek vessel “M/V Aetea Sierra” would be auctioned on February 17 to raise funds for back wages and other benefits of its crew members, including 12 Filipinos, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Friday.

A Greek court had ordered in December last year the payment of their salaries from July 9 to November 9, 2009 and the ship auctioned if the vessel owner is not liquid.

Aside from salaries, residual claims covering the period from November 10 until their actual departure from Greece are to be paid.

In a report to the DFA, Philippine Ambassador to Greece Rigoberto Tiglao said that while the Filipino seamen are waiting for compensation, the embassy in Athens continues extending them assistance with legal procedures and basic needs such as food and accommodation.

Tiglao told the DFA that the crew members are just waiting for their replacements with 11 Filipinos completing their contracts last November and wanting to return to the Philippines when they receive their dues.

In the meantime, Tiglao sent a letter to the Greek Minister of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping, Louka Katseli, requesting that the Filipinos be allowed to leave Greece ahead of their replacements. There is no response yet as of press time.

The Filipinos’ compensation would be four times more than stipulated in their contracts, the DFA said. (PNA)

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