Almost $1 million in wages unpaid to the crew of the Indian Empress, now renamed Neom, have finally been recovered thanks to the work of legal experts from the maritime union Nautilus.
The wages were accrued after the yacht was abandoned in Malta in September 2017. Following the sale of the superyacht to Sea Beauty Yachting for €35m in September 2018, the union has been working with the Maltese court to ensure the outstanding wages were paid. Individual payments will range between $1,300 to $55,000, averaging at around $20,745 per crew member.
Nautilus international organiser Danny McGowan said: "We are glad that we were able to help our members in this way. It is so important that maritime professionals working onboard superyachts join Nautilus before they encounter this type of issue, as waiting until they have a problem normally means that it is too late."