Cargo crew stranded in Argentia running low on food

The 11 crew members of a German cargo ship stranded in an eastern Newfoundland port have not been paid for four months, a union official says.
The cargo ship Jana, seen in this undated photo posted to the maritime transport website Fleetmon, is currently docked in Argentia with an unpaid crew. (Fleetmon)

The 11 crew members of a German cargo ship stranded in an eastern Newfoundland port have not been paid for four months, a union official says.

The crew work aboard the cargo ship Jana, which has been tied up in Argentia since it ran into engine problems about a month ago, says Gerard Bradbury, who works with the  International Transport Workers Federation.

"The problem is now is they have no fresh fruit, bread, milk or so forth aboard the ship. That's a concern right now," said Bradbury, whose union is trying to assist the crew.

"They have vegetables and other provisions but nothing fresh, like I say, such as bread, milk and so forth."

The crew of three Russians and eight Ukrainians are together owed about $130,000 in back wages, Bradbury said.

He said the crew have been told that they will get their money this week.

Unpaid wages, though, have been an issue dogging the crew for months.

Bradbury said the Jana has been bouncing around different ports in recent months, since its owners went into receivership.

"They would have no money whatsoever on board because this ship actually was in Halifax and I had a wage claim back on it in, I think it was late January or early February this year," he said.

At that point, the crew were owed more than $60,000.

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