The crew of the detained in Ukraine of the vessel «Mekhanik Pogodin» returned to Russia

© Photo : огіоп04Танкер Mechanic Pogodin. Archive photoThe crew of the detained in Ukraine of the vessel «Mekhanik Pogodin» returned to Russia© Photo : orion04

All 12 members of the crew of the Russian vessel «Mekhanik Pogodin» held in the Ukrainian port of Kherson, returned to Russia, they were replaced by other staff, reported on the website of the shipping company «VF Tanker».

They explained that the decision to change the crew took due to severe physical and psychological stress, which the sailors have experienced over the past month. Crew members had to defend a tanker from provocations organized by the staff of the Ukrainian secret services and government agencies.

«A month after the illegal arrest of the vessel «Mekhanik Pogodin» in the sea port of Kherson (Ukraine) company «V. F. Tanker» has decided on a complete change of the team. He had all 12 crew members, including the captain,» — said in a statement.

The tanker «Mekhanik Pogodin» from August 10, blocked in sea trade port of Kherson. In a press-service of the company said that the formal reason was the financing of the construction of the vessel in 2011 by JSC «VEB-Leasing» included in the sanctions list of Ukraine. Thus in 2011 the only owner and Manager of the vessel is invariably the company «V. F. Tanker», which carries out its commercial operation, in its sole discretion, said the shipping firm.

In addition, the company «V. F. Tanker» has filed a lawsuit because of the illegal, in her opinion, detention of the vessel. Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich has demanded the immediate release of the tanker «Mekhanik Pogodin».