Mira engineer: “The Company sold the ship Mira to Indian smelting works as a scrap metal”

Mira engineer: “The Company sold the ship Mira to Indian smelting works as a scrap metal”
# 27 May 2009 15:26 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Elnur Mammadli – APA. “The crew didn’t hijack the ship Mira. According to the instructions given by the English Bank and Mira Company we steered the ship from Abu Dhabi to India on February 15”, Zaur Yagubov, third engineer of Mira ship told APA. He said Mira Company managers sold the ship to Bhavnagar-based smelting plant in India as a scrap metal. “They sent the ship to India to create real sale impression and received $700 000 from that plant. Then they filed a lawsuit and the ship was arrested. The company management has no ground to accuse the ship crew. If we hijacked the ship, why the company sent us food and fuel within three months? Why they didn’t file lawsuit against us in very beginning? They began to speak about the lawsuit after the solving of the problem”.

Yagubov said the crew had no contact with the British bank and Mira managers’ took this action because they didn’t want to pay to the crew members and intended to return the ship. He said the crew members would use all opportunities to receive their salaries.

One of the Mira Navigation Company’s owners Ahmet Yilmaz accused the crew members in hijacking of the ship in his interview to APA. He said they filed lawsuit against the crew members.

24-member crew of the ship was detained in the Indian waters for more than 4 months. 16 of them were Turkish and 8 – Azerbaijani citizens. They left Bhavnagar for Istanbul several days ago with the support of Azerbaijani embassy in India and Azerbaijani crew members returned home from Istanbul on Wednesday.
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