Ships, crews and cargoes are in danger at two Indian ports, according to the masters of two arrested tankers from the Saint James Shipping fleet.

The vessels are said to be in danger of losing power from failing generators and exhausted fuel supplies, and their masters have pleaded that they do not know whom to call upon for help.

“We are in a very critical condition due to ship power generation machinery,” wrote Captain Zubair Aslam, master of the 18,041-dwt chemical-product tanker Aeon (built 2012), in a message addressed to all concerned parties on 22 July.