The crew of the tanker «Mekhanik Pogodin» returned to Russia

© Photo : огіоп04Танкер Mechanic Pogodin. Archive photoThe crew of the tanker «Mekhanik Pogodin» returned to Russia© Photo : orion04

All 12 members of the crew of the Russian tanker «Mekhanik Pogodin», which was detained in the Ukrainian port of Kherson, returned to Russia. This was reported on the website of the shipowner, LLC «V. F. Tanker».

The company said that the decision to change crew caused severe physical and psychological stress experienced by the sailors in recent years. They had to defend a tanker from provocations, organized by employees of Ukrainian special services.

«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», — stated in the message of the company.

The detention of the vessel

«The mechanic Pogodin» was detained by the Ukrainian side in Kherson on August 10. The formal reason for such action was the financing of the construction of the vessel in 2011 by JSC «VEB-Leasing», which on the territory of Ukraine of sanctions. However, in 2011 the sole owner of the vessel is the company «V. F. Tanker», which, as stated in the company operates it at its own discretion. However, in Kiev said that the ship will remain blocked in the port of Kherson for another three years. Also, the Ukrainian authorities did not rule out the possible confiscation of the vessel and its sale at auction.

Company «V. F. Tanker» has filed a lawsuit for unlawful detention of the vessel. Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich also demanded the immediate release of the tanker. In the state Duma also condemned the actions of Kiev, and threatened more serious response than in the situation with the detainee informed the vessel «Nord».