Rotten food and filthy conditions aboard a ship moored at Antwerp Docks.

Inspectors have discovered filthy conditions aboard a Panamanian registered ship currently docked at the Port of Antwerp. The ship had been reported to the port authorities and checks were carried out on the conditions aboard as soon as it arrived in Antwerp from Italy.  The Federal Minister responsible for the North Sea Philippe De Backer (Flemish liberal) who is also a local councillor in Antwerp told VRT Radio 2 Antwerp that “We must first help the crew”.

 

Mr De Backer added that “the ship should never have left Italy”. “All our inspection services have been on board. The hygiene leaves a lot to be desired, the crew hasn’t been paid and the ship doesn’t conform to environmental rules”. A crew of around 20 is on board. The sailors are mainly from Egypt, Syria and India. Meanwhile, the Antwerp daily ‘Gazet van Antwerpen’ reports that the captain of the ship has disappeared. Marc Van Noten of the Proffesional Seafarers’ Federation told the VRT that the crew members have fresh fruit or vegetables and the food that they do have is rotten. The sailors will be given food from another ships that is currently docked at Antwerp.  The Romanian owner of ship risks a hefty fine