Ship’s Crew Detained in Port of Leith Due To ‘Shortage of Food’!

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According to an article published in BBC, a Russian ship was detained in Leith over unpaid wages and safety issues has had fresh food delivered by a charity.

What happened?

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) found several deficiencies with the Alexander Tvardovskiy ship.

The MCA also said wages had not been paid to the crew and there were other maritime labour convention issues.

Emergency supplies delivered by charity

Emergency supplies were provided by the Apostleship of the Sea, a Catholic charity supporting sailors.

Earlier, Captain Gennadi Kukvinov had said nine days had passed with no response to his pleas for supplies.

He said: I sent the request for food on 8 July. So now we have only some remainders of food. No fresh fruit, some pieces of meat, some pieces of bread.”

Detained for non-payment of dues

A spokesman for the MCA said: The vessel has been detained for non-payment of seafarers’ wages and other maritime labour convention issues. This is in addition to not having an ISM and international ship security certificates onboard. The detention will remain in place until the seafarers’ wages are paid and other identified deficiencies are rectified.”

It is not the first time the Alexander Tvardovskiy, which was formerly flagged in Russia, has encountered trouble in UK waters.

In August 2012 the 90m-long ship collided with dredger UKD Bluefin and another general cargo vessel, Wilson Hawk, off Immingham in North East Lincolnshire.

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Source: BBC

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