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NEW DELHI, December 17 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian research vessel Academician Boris Petrov, which was arrested after two years of mooring at the port of the Indian city Mumbai, set out for a repairing dock overnight to Monday, after that she will continue its voyage. The vessel was earlier released from arrest, representative of the Russian General Consulate in Mumbai Maria Vorobyeva told Itar-Tass.
The court ruled to release the vessel from arrest on December 10, the court verdict entered into force on December 12, after that all required documents for the departure of the vessel were received with the assistance of the Russian General Consulate. Rasesh Shipping Services and Prash Logistics filed financial claims to Russia to the tune of 65,500 and 255,000 U.S. dollars, respectively,” she noted. “After the officials from the V.I. Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences arrived in the Indian city and succeeded to solve the problem over the remittance of the deposit to the account of the vessel, the legal instance lifted the arrest from the ship,” Vorobyeva remarked.
Now the Russian institute is planning to appeal the case, after an expertise of available documents is conducted in Moscow and file a countersuit against Rasesh Shipping Services and Prash Logistics.
The Academician Boris Petrov was built in 1984. The vessel is designed for hydro-physical research in the ocean, the structure of the oceanic bed and the layers of the atmosphere just above the oceanic surface.