"The General Consulate is aware that the vessel Alexander Tvardovskiy [sailing] under a Cook Islands flag is docked in Leith port. The crew has had problems with its payment. The sailors have not turned to the General Consulate and have not informed us about their detention," a representative of the diplomatic mission said.
He added that the operating company was settling the financial matters.
According to him, a representative from the consulate visited the vessel, talked with the crew and the captain, and made sure that they had everything they needed.
Sergey Fishov, the Russian coordinator of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, said that the vessel was insured by the union. He also mentioned that the sailors had complained to the union about their unpaid wages.