Russian Cargo Ship Impounded in China

A Russian cargo ship impounded in China has been released and will head to the South Korean port of Busan on Wednesday, an official with the Russian sailor’s trade union said.

The Maksim Ammosov ship, owned by Russia’s Arctic Shipping Company, was impounded at the port of Yantai on December 23 for outstanding debts totaling US$ 130,000. There are 17 Russian sailors, including two women, on board the vessel.

“I spoke with the sailors and they said that the vessel has been released and will head to the South Korean port of Busan late on Wednesday afternoon. There [in Busan] the ship will be loaded with food and the sailors were promised to be partly covered in their arrears of wage,” said Nikolai Sukhanov, the head of the Far Eastern branch of the trade union.

He added that it would take the ship about three days to get to the port of Busan and from there it would continue to Vladivostok, in Russia’s Far East, where it is expected to be in early February.

The sailors earlier refused to vacate the ship in China, until the owner paid them the arrears in salary totaling some US$ 40,000. (PNA/RIA Novosti)

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