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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Unpaid Fishing Crew Stuck in Norway

OSLO, Norway -- Twenty crewmen on a Russian fishing trawler docked in Norway vowed Tuesday to go on a hunger strike and remain on their vessel until their months of back wages are paid.

The trawler Poseidon arrived in the north Norway town of Kristiansund on Jan. 11 and was ordered held in port until its owners settled $16,000 in unpaid bills, the Norwegian news agency NTB said.

However, the boat's Russian owners are bankrupt, and the crew complained that they had not been paid since Nov. 21, the report said.

"If the boss himself comes to Kristiansund and pays us what we are due then we are willing to take the bus home,'' crewman Oleg Nogan was quoted as telling NTB.

Eight of the ship's 28 crewman had agreed to return to Murmansk, in Russia's Far North, by bus after the Norwegian company Svega Sea Products offered to pay half their back wages if they leave. The company owns the wharf that the Russian ship is using.