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Filipino crew repatriated from bulker arrested in Greece

Athens: Twenty of the 24 Filipino crew onboard a bulk carrier detained in Greece are to be repatriated after being stranded for four months.

The Panama-flagged handysize Golden Arrow III (34,200 dwt, built 1972) was arrested at Greece’s Aliveri Port on April 5 due to unpaid wages and outstanding financial obligations to the crew members and its creditors.

The crew have been paid and have received other benefits from the ship management company, the Philippine Embassy in Athens told local press.

The vessel will depart Greece for Turkey, where the 20 crew will disembark at Aliaga Port and begin their journey home to the Philippines. The other four seafarers have chosen to stay onboard and continue working.

The ship is operated by Sekur Holdings, the Piraeus-based in-house ship management company of Jordan’s CTI Group, which specialises in shipping and trading clinker and cement.

Before arriving at Aliveri Port in April, the vessel was also stranded for three months in Benghazi, Libya.

According to Equasis, the Golden Arrow III is currently out of class, its classification with the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping having lapsed in May.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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