An MP has demanded Theresa May launches an investigation into the oilfield services company that abandoned crew members at Aberdeen harbour.
Kirsty Blackman’s call comes as crew members of the Malaviya Seven supply vessel await another court hearing in Aberdeen expected to progress a sale of the boat, which could fund the £600,000 wages owed by their former employer, GOL Offshore.
Mrs Blackman first urged the prime minister to investigate the wider circumstances in June 2016, when Mrs May was still home secretary, and the ship was first stranded in Aberdeen with unpaid staff on board.
Last month it was ruled at Aberdeen Sheriff Court that the ship could be valued and potentially sold by crew to recoup their wages and return home.
The company which owns the vessel, GOL Offshore, is in liquidation.
Mrs Blackman, SNP MP for Aberdeen North, said: “Hopefully the crew of Malaviya Seven will soon get the go-ahead to sell the vessel and take their wages out of the money from that, and get themselves safely home.
“However, even when these men eventually get the money they are owed and are able to leave, questions will still remain as to how this company was able to treat staff in such a terrible way without being caught sooner.
“With Brexit looming and the prospect of the UK being on its own, I think people have a right to know exactly what the UK Government is doing to ensure international workers aren’t able to be mistreated by companies docking in our harbours.”