VLADIVOSTOK, April 14 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian sailors from the bulk carrier SS Veles, which turned out to be in trouble at the Philippine port Rio Tuba, are provided with food and fuel supplies. The problem with the functioning of the conditioning system onboard the bulk carrier was also settled, Vice-Governor of the Primorsky Territory Alexander Los told reporters on Sunday.
He went to Manila on Sunday to assist to the Russian sailors to come back to the homeland. The air tickets to Vladivostok were already booked for them, but the deputy governor intends to meet with the officials from the Russian Embassy in the Philippines to settle the problem of the soonest delivery of the Russian sailors from the port Rio Tuba to Manila. “We are keeping constantly in contact with the captain and crewmen. In their words, all of them are feeling well,” Alexander Los pledged.
Twelve Russian Far Eastern citizens, eight Indian citizens and a Ukrainian citizen are onboard the bulk carrier SS Veles, flying the flag of a small island state Tuvalu in Polynesia. The vessel has been staying at the port Rio Tuva since March 18. She was detained over the expiry of the documents, which are required for the navigation. According to the latest reports, the shipping company, which owns the bulk carrier, went bankrupt. A part of its fleet is arrested for debts.
The relatives of the sailors, most of whom live in the Primorsky Territory and happened to be in trouble onboard the bulk carrier, had to turn directly for help to Governor of the Primorsky Territory Vladimir Miklushevsky. He decided to allocate the monetary funds for the return of the Russian sailors to the homeland. The regional prosecutor’s office launched an inquiry in the company, which abandoned the bulk carrier with the sailors from Vladivostok in trouble at the Philippine port.