AdvanFort blames insurers

Crew have not been paid by Advanfort since November 2013.

Insurers have abandoned our crew, claims Advanfort

By  from London

Private Maritime Security Company (PMSC) Advanfort says that its insurers have “turned a blind eye” to claims made by the crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio, as its personnel remained stranded in India.

The 35 seafarers and security professionals have been held in India since October 2013 after their ship was detained, despite the fact that all charges against 34 of the crew were quashed in July 2014.

“We understand our sailors’ point and their frustration, but we can not explain why our insurers; Aon, Lodestar and Travelers have turned a blind eye to our claims, after only paying the hotel charges for a few weeks,” Advanfort acting president Ahmed Farajallah told Seatrade Global, responding to our story last week.

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