Owner of MV Bulk Jupiter settles benefits of killed Filipino seafarers; ends search and rescue

Date Posted: March 5th, 2015 01:16 AM

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the owner of the ill-fated MV Jupiter, which sunk off the coast of Vietnam on 2 January with a load of iron ore, has officially declared that the search-and-rescue operations involving the missing vessel has stopped, with the withdrawal of the remaining vessels of Vietnam’s Maritime Rescue Coordinating Committee. “Alexander Querol, chief operating officer of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, the local manning agency of Gearbulk Norway, which owned the MV Jupiter, had written to inform me of the stoppage of the search-and-rescue. He also informed me Gearbulk had settled all of the Filipino seafarer-victims’ contractual benefits and the families and beneficiaries have claimed these in Manila with the assistance of the DOLE,” Baldoz said. “In addition, Gearbulk Norway had committed to extend other benefits, particularly scholarships for the children/sibling of the crew,” she said, quoting Mr. Querol. This developed after Secretary Baldoz, in January, expressed concern and condolences to the families and relatives of the ship’s 18 missing Filipino seafarers, 11 of whom have died in the mishap and promised them they will receive all appropriate government assistance. “As we assured, they have received all the benefits due them in accordance with their employment contracts and the provisions of the collective bargaining agreements covering the shipowner and the Associated Marine Officers and Seafarers Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) of which the seafarers are members,” said Baldoz. The ill-fated vessel, according to a report of POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, had a full complement of 19 Filipino seafarers when it capsized. One of the 19 Filipino seamen, Chief Cook Rojas, has been rescued and is undergoing physical therapy for injuries, the cost of which is being borne by Gearbulk Norway. In his letter, Mr. Querol said Gearbulk Norway had also declared the missing crew lost. “The remains of the ship master, Capt. Andrin, has been cremated in Manila, while the late CO Abogadie has been buried in his hometown in Leyte. Gear bulk and Magsaysay Maritime Corporation has held a memorial service for the next-of-kin and families of the missing crew, attended by Magsaysay and Gearbulk top officials led by Kristian Jebsen. With this development, Secretary Baldoz emphasized that the DOLE’s paramount concern is to ensure the welfare of Filipino seafarers and their families, especially when maritime accidents happen. She said that with 300,000 Filipino seafarers deployed annually there is always the likelihood that a Filipino seafarer may be onboard when a ship is reported to be involved in an accident anywhere in the world. END

Created Mar 11th 2015, 15:46


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