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Five Russian seamen from the tanker Palladium arrested in the South Korean port of Pusan complain of food shortages and a lack of energy supply, Interfax reports.
“According to the Consul of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Busan Roman Bykov, the situation on board has become more complicated. The shipowner ran out of money to maintain the ship, and food shortages began. Because of the debts, it was disconnected from the power supply, ”Nikolai Sukhanov, chairman of the Far Eastern Regional Organization of the Russian Seamen’s Union (FERR), told Interfax.
Now the air temperature in Busan is about zero degrees.
“The consul is taking measures to send three sailors home, documents are being drawn up. Two more crew members may be transferred to a hotel in Busan, ”said Sukhanov.
In late August, the South Korean Coast Guard detained the Russian tanker Palladium with 15 crew members aboard, which left Pusan port without permission.
Several crew members resisted arrest. The captain, sailor, engineer and shipowner, who was on board at the time of the incident, are in custody for illegally leaving the port and resisting the authorities pending a court decision. Part of the crew returned to the Russian Federation.
According to one of the seamen, “Palladium” for the debts of the shipowner was deposited with the Korean company until the debt was repaid.
Source: Maritime News of Russia