The Malaysian Maritime Police Department detained the New Orion ship, the crew members of which are 22 citizens of Ukraine.
This was announced by Deputy Director of the MFA of Ukraine Consular Services Department Vasyl Kyrylych in a commentary to Ukrayinska Pravda.
"According to the Malaysian Maritime Police, the vessel is detained, not the crew. We are keeping the case under control," he said.
According to him, New Orion was detained on November 21 in territorial waters off the east coast of Johor. There are 23 crew members on board, 22 of them are Ukrainians.
The reason for this, according to the maritime police, was a violation of the norms of maritime navigation - lowering the anchor without obtaining consent.
Ukrainian consul contacted with the crew and discussed the algorithm for further actions.
In 2018, an emergency had already occurred with the crew of this vessel. At that time, the ship-owner Euroseas International Limited did not fulfill its obligations to the seafarers either to pay for their labor or to supply goods: food, fresh water, fuel ran out, as well as spare parts for ship repair were not supplied. Only five months later, the sailors were paid in full, and the crew could rotate.