Plans afoot to secure release of seized Russian cruise ship

8th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The owner of a Russian cruise ship seized by Canadian authorities last week over unpaid debts hopes to soon repay money owed in order to free the vessel, the Russian embassy in Ottawa said Friday.

"The owner of the ship is seeking to obtain a bank loan and as soon as it's approved, the issue will be resolved," Russian diplomat Igor Girenko told AFP.

The Lyubov Orlova's 51 crew -- 49 Russians and two Ukrainians -- have been stuck in Saint John's, Newfoundland since September 25 when Canadian authorities seized the ship, and are seeking several months of unpaid wages.

Canadian charter company Cruise North Expeditions is also seeking 250,000 dollars for a summer adventure tour of northern Labrador aboard the ship that was cancelled over technical problems.

© 2010 AFP

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