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Georgian sailors dissatisfied with outcome of auction to sell their vessel

Business Materials 28 July 2011 20:08
The "Vasilius N" ship sailing under the Georgian flag, which was arrested earlier in Libya, was sold in an auction held in Malta for 235,000 euros, but this amount does not cover the crew members' wages.

Georgia, Tbilisi, July 28 / Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /
The "Vasilius N" ship sailing under the Georgian flag, which was arrested earlier in Libya, was sold in an auction held in Malta for 235,000 euros, but this amount does not cover the crew members' wages.
"We have nothing left of that amount. Some 35,000 or 32,000 accounts for judge and lawyer services, 90,000 should be paid to those who supplied food and fuel. Debts for wages hit 206,000 euros. We still have a chance to get only 136,000 euros of this amount," the vessel captain Iveri Kurashvili said.
He informed Georgian ambassador to Italy, the Seamen's Union of England and Malta about irregular holding of the auction.
The "Vasilius N" ship left the Turkish port and headed for Libya a year and four months ago. In the territorial waters of Greece, the ship caught in a storm, as a result of which approximately 18 percent of cargo got wet. Owner refused to accept the cargo. The litigation between the ship-owner and cargo owner lasted nine months.

The ship, its captain and five crew members - Georgian citizens were arrested in the Libyan city of Misrata.

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