Malaviya Seven: Court allows sale of boat detained over unpaid wages

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A sheriff has granted a warrant to allow the sale of a boat which has been detained at Aberdeen harbour for more than a year because workers have not been paid.

The Malaviya Seven was detained in June last year as crew members had not been paid. It was detained again in October.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) believes the crew are now owed more than £600,000 in total.

The offshore vessel will now be sold at public auction.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard there has already been interest in the vessel, which will be advertised for sale around the world.

The court previously ruled the ship should be valued for sale.

A broker prepared a report for the sheriff to consider.

A writ was earlier served which prevented the ship from leaving Aberdeen harbour.

The crew were recently guests of honour at Peterhead FC for an Irn Bru Cup game with Annan Athletic at Balmoor Stadium, after the club learned of their plight.