Do the employer’s obligations apply in the case of seamen left behind when a UK ship is sold out of the flag?

Yes, whether or not at the time they are left behind the ship is still a UK ship. The obligations are imposed on the persons who last employed the seaman (since at the time of leaving behind, there may not legally be any employer).

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