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Ship arrested in India over unpaid wages

Chennai: The Madras High Court yesterday ordered the "arrest" of a Cambodian-flagged ship owned by a London-based company for allegedly not paying wages to its 16-member crew for several months.??"A prima facie case is made out for ordering the arrest of the vessel M V Lady Alla" Justice G Rajasuria said and directed the court registry to take steps to issue the necessary warrant.??
Passing orders on a plea by Kozak Pavlo and Palagin Dmtro, two members of the ship's Ukranian crew, the Judge ordered issuance of a notice to the owners and other interested parties returnable by March 8. The ship is currently lying at the outer anchorage of the Nagapattinam port in Tamil Nadu where it has been since February 11. Local media said the sailors claimed the name of the London-based owner was Shipping and Trucks Co Ltd, a name Seatrade Asia Online has been unable to verify.  [02/03/10]

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