There’s good news for the stranded crew of the Navi Wind, a powerless and damaged ship tied up in Argentia.
The Navi Wind in St. John’s harbour Oct. 21. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegarm
The vessel owners have agreed to pay the crew close to $100,000 in back wages on Dec. 20 and crewmembers will be flown home on Dec. 21 or 22.
Gerard Bradbury of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) issued a news release today informing of the agreement reached with the vessel owners.
The crew had been bound for Turkey with a cargo of scrap metal when power failed on the vessel during a violent North Atlantic storm. On Dec. 6, Transport Canada directed the vessel to return to Argentia as it was taking on water in the engine room.
The ship was towed to port and has been detained there ever since, but the crew members were in rough shape, having little food and fresh water and no power to heat their cabins.
Water, food, as well as warm clothing and blankets have been donated to the crew by various organizations, companies and unions. There is heat in the common areas of the ship, but none in the cabins.
Communicating with the crewmembers has been difficult. The crew is a mixture of Croatian and Greek, and communicating between those languages, as well as English, has been an obstacle.
The crew, however, has indicated its appreciation to the people of the province, and particularly those in the Placentia area, for an outpouring of support.