In the winter of 1995 there were a few seized vessels in the port of Rotterdam due too debts of the shipping companies.
The crew had been on the chained ships for over 6 months – boredom had become part of their routine – and I paid regular visits, even celebrated christmas with them.
They hang around most of the time, repaired bikes and watched vhs-video’s on an old telly.
They received help from a Christian organisation t; food and clothes where brought and services were held at a local chapel.
Both the Russian crew as the men from Sri Lanka where very hospitable, though they lived their lives separately on board of the ship and on land.