I O N I A N S P I R I T
The vessel arrested by the crew
In September 2012, with the financial crisis still in full swing, a group of 26 sailors from Montenegro, Egypt, Albania, Ghana, Romania, Ucraina and Serbia decided to occupy the Ionian Spirit, the ship where they worked, and hold it hostage inside the port of Brindisi, in southern Italy, in order to force the ship owner to pay their wages. They've been living aboard the ship for twelve months without money, food, electricity and help from the company, risking their lives and endangering the relationships with their families back home.And all of this for something that, in better days, would have been theirs to claim.
And on top of this, there are all the stories of the sailors involved. All the stress endured by them and all their families, threatened by the lack of a wage and a husband.