Chinese vessel Union Demeter, which has been detained by an Indian court for nearly 50 days, will be released and returned to China.
According to Nanjing Yuan Teng Shipping, the crew manager of the vessel, the owner Tranvast has managed to pay off bunkering fees owed which led to the detention of the ship, and salaries of the 23 crew. The release of the ship is in process.
The ship had been detained in India’s Haldia Port since December after the Tranvast declared bankruptcy, leaving debts to bunkering firms.
The ship’s crew turned to the local Chinese embassy for help in February as food supplies and fuel on the ship were almost depleted.