The Anglican seafarers’ welfare organisation has confirmed that lawyers for the crew have submitted a fresh appeal to the High Court in Madras.

Stephen Askins, of shipping law firm Tatham Macinnes, pointed out that floating armouries are widely used in the maritime industry.

While there were weapons on board, they were strictly controlled, stored and accounted for in the same way as when arms are legitimately stored in a military armoury.

“Ships with weapons stored on board go in and out of Indian ports every day single day.
“The Seaman Guard Ohio went to get fuel and supplies offshore of a port which they are entitled to do under international maritime law, and is an everyday necessity,” he added.

“The vessel and the seamen represented no terrorist threat to India or its people at all, and the motivation behind bringing the charges is completely incomprehensible when set in the context of the crew’s primary role which was to protect the world’s commercial shipping fleet.”


View Lloyd’s List article.

Read our Summary of the decision against these crew members.