Hotel bills threaten PMSC freedom

Unpaid hotel bills pose new hurdle to freedom for AdvanFort operators.

City hotel says crew of US ship owe 8 lakh

Paul David

A Chennai-based hotel has approached the Madurai bench of the Madras high court opposing the petition filed by the arrested crew of an American anti-piracy ship seeking dismissal of charges against them.

The hotel’s manager said 33 of the 35 crew members, who have been staying at the hotel since their release on bail on April 5, have not paid bills totalling 8.10 lakh for their stay so far. The hotel fears that if the case against them is dismissed, they will leave the country without clearing the dues.

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MSR: Earlier this month, AdvanFort issued  a press release in which it blamed insurers for failing to pay claims made by the men:

“Instead of getting the help we badly needed after providing support for our sailors for 7 months, Aon, Travelers and Lodestar have stonewalled us and left us hanging in the air,” AdvanFort Acting President Al Farajallah said. “We hope that the three insurers can provide the support we  need for the sake of the sailors who needs food, shelter and medical help so that they can be back  in the arms of their loved ones back home in their countries who are waiting for them,” Farajallah added.

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