The Kandla Port Trust (KPT) has auctioned two ships belonging to Jaisu Shipping Company after the company failed to provide food and fuel to the crew members onboard six ships, KPT did this upon directions from the Gujarat high court.
At the auction, a Vadodara-based firm - Swarnalata Jewellers - bought 'Kamal 25' and 'Kamal 27' at a price of Rs 9.85 crore. While directing the firm to deposit 25 per cent amount with the KPT, the HC held that the deal would be finalised only after the company makes all payments according to the set norms.
More than 75 crew members and six captains were left stranded earlier this year without food for more than two months. The high court ordered the captains to sign off the vessels, and ordered the KPT to sell off the ship.
The court has asked the KPT that after obtaining the amount from the purchaser it would pay Rs 2.33 crore to the crew members and six captains, and to the company that provided them with food and fuel.