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Stranded Georgian sailors plan lawsuit in Panama

by | Dec 17, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch — The Georgian sailors who are stranded off the coast of Panama plan a lawsuit at the marine court in that country.

The twelve Georgian sailors on a ship sailing under Nigerian flag plan to file the suit on Monday if their demands aren’t met.

“The temperature is more than +40 Celsius. The inside of the ship is hot like a pan and it is impossible to be inside. Our crew washes in sea water, as we do not have normal water due to the lack of electricity. We haven’t had electricity for nine days. We bought food yesterday and this will be enough for four days,” crew member Giorgi Janelidze told a journalist for IPN.


Georgia is in negotiations with international organizations and the owner of the ship, who abandoned the crew.

There are 16 sailors on the ship. Twelve are Georgians. The ship is five kilometers away from the shore. It is very old ship, more than 42 years, that’s why local government doesn’t allow it sailing. Crew members say that the ship may even sink if there is not taken measures.



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