Fishermen back home in Indonesia

The Spanish-owned, UK-registered trawler Christian-M tied up at Dingle pier on Tuesday. Photo by Declan Malone
The Spanish-owned, UK-registered trawler Christian-M tied up at Dingle pier on Tuesday. Photo by Declan Malone

Declan Malone

The Indonesian crew of a Spanish trawler, who jumped ship in Dingle two weeks ago appealing for help over the working conditions on their boat, have now been repatriated to their own country following negotiations with the owners of the vessel. Most of the 13-man crew of the Spanish-owned and UK-registered trawler Christian-M were involved in the revolt over pay and working conditions on their boat.

Their appeal for help resulted in the trawler being examined by Irish Maritime Survey Office (MSO) staff, who were in Dingle dealing with a separate matter at the time. The MSO officials weren't happy with everything they saw, but didn't take further action because the Spanish-owned trawler is registered in the UK. 

However, they relayed their concerns to their counterparts in the British Maritime Coast Guard, who subsequently carried out a more detailed inspection and ordered the vessel to be detained in Dingle until essential work is carried out.

The Kerryman understands that the crew's pay issues have been resolved following negotiations and last Thursday they were flown home to Indonesia. But while the crew has gone, their boat has to remain in Dingle until repairs are carried out and approved. 

It isn't known how long the work will take but it is thought likely that all the necessary work on the Christian-M can be done in locally. 

However, if she has to go to a boatyard, the owners will need an exemption from the detention order to allow her to be towed there.

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