All 13 Russian sailors with the ships “Crystal East” and “Carolina Wind” arrested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are expected to fly back to their homeland next week, Vyacheslav Tsoy, the director of the ship-owner company Nakhodka-Portbunker, said on Friday.
“Replacement crew accepted, visas are ready. It is expected that the sailors will fly out in the coming week, “said Choi.
He said that it was decided to replace all sailors, earlier it was planned that nine people will return to the Russian Federation – six members of the Carolina Wind crew and three from the Crystal East.
“Also on the” Crystal East “fuel was brought, today they must deliver fuel to” Caroline Wind “. There are products on board, “added Choi.
As previously reported, earlier seven Far Eastern seamen from the arrested tanker “Crystal East” asked Russian diplomats for help in returning to their homeland. Sailors complained of deterioration of health, severe conditions on the ship.
Under local law, the crew cannot leave the ship without providing a replacement or until the ship is sold. Documents from seamen seized immigration authorities.
Written seamen arrived at the ship “Crystal East” in late November 2017. Previously, their predecessors found themselves in a similar situation.
Last fall, sailors from the ships “Carolina Wind” and “Crystal East”, owned by LLC “Nakhodka-Portbunker”, turned for help in repatriation. With the assistance of the authorities and the sailors’ trade union, the crews managed to return home.
These vessels were arrested in the UAE because of the shipowner’s debts to Gazprombank.
Source: Maritime News of Russia