Egypt released detained Azerbaijani sailor and other members of Sea Shark tanker

  27 May 2019    Read: 1184
  Egypt released detained Azerbaijani sailor and other members of Sea Shark tanker

The ship Sea Shark with crude oil and 11 members of the crew have been kept in the area of Ain Sokhna of Egypt since December 2018. There were 31 crew members on board, including 17 Ukrainians, two Crimean sailors, 11 citizens from India, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, and one more Azerbaijani citizen.

The sailors from the Sea Shark cargo tanker, which was detained in Egypt, are returning to Ukraine, as the Ukrainska Pravda reports, referring to the Sea Assistance Fund Assol.

According to the report, five of the 17 Ukrainian sailors will arrive in Odesa airport on Monday, May 27.

"Late in the evening of May 25, it was reported that part of the remaining crew, along with the Ukrainian captain, was released and sent to the hotel, where they were waiting for documents and returning home",  the report stressed.

Besides, the ship Sea Shark with crude oil has been kept by the Armed Forces of Egypt in the area of Ain Sokhna since December 2018.

There were 31 crew members on board, including 17 Ukrainians, two Crimean sailors, 11 citizens from India, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, and one more Azerbaijani citizen.

The tanker was detained by the Navy of Egypt due to unintentional and accidental entry into the territorial waters of the country. Sailors were sued for crossing the Egyptian waters for $56 million, which must be paid by the owner of the ship.

Since then, the shipowner and freighter have been negotiating with the Egyptian fleet to release the ship and to organize a change of crew.

Earlier it was reported that the Egyptian military detained a Sea Shark oil tanker with a crew.

The tanker is loaded of 1.1 million barrels of Sea Shark crude oil but is now anchored in Ain-Sokhna. It is going to be moved to an unknown terminal.

The crew was divided into two groups and gathered in two smokehouses. Some sailors had increased blood pressure, because of poor health. The captain asked the Egyptian military to provide medical assistance to the sailors, but they refused. 

The captain urged to report on what happened in Interpol, UN, and other organizations.


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