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Two Georgian vessels detained2010-07-22 14:26
"Vasilius," a vessel flying Georgian flag, carrying construction materials, was caught in a storm, the cargo was damaged. The vessel was detained in Lybia - Regnum.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to unconfirmed messages, it was the damage of the cargo that caused detention of the crew - Georgian, Ukrainian and Azerbaijanian sailors.
The Georgian side is trying to clarify the reasons and help the crew.
Meanwhile in Italy another vessel, Jasmine, also flying Georgian flag, was detained.
The owner of the ship is an Italian citizen, crew are Georgians. The vessel carried 2700 tons of wheat, though administration imposed a 3600 euro fine for overload and technical malfunctions.
The fine was paid, yet the crew complains the owner of the barge hasn't been paying them salaries for 6 months and now owes them EUR 100 000. An international organisation for sailor rights protection will assist them.
According to David Baramidze, a deputy head of the Georgian United Transport Administration, there is contact between Georgian sailors and officials. He stated that representatives of Italian marine trade unions render all necessary aid to Georgian sailors.