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Stranded unpaid sailors given right to sell Malaviya Seven, detained in Aberdeen

The 11-man crew of the Malaviya Seven have not been paid in a year and the ship has been barred from leaving Aberdeen since October.

Sheriff rules crew have right to sell Malaviya Seven, which is detained in Aberdeen.

Typical of such situations, many of them have not seen their families and several of them had to take loans at very high interest to provide and protect their loved ones.

At a hearing in Aberdeen on Thursday, a sheriff ruled the crew have the right to sell the ship and recoup their wages.

Thirty-four past and present members of the crew are owed more than $868,000, including 11 currently on board.

Lawyers for owners Union Bank of India say they will not try to stop the sale, but the crew has been forced to agree to forfeit any future wages.

The crew has been supported by local charities and churches during their time in Scotland and was taken in by the city's Catholic community at Christmas.

The Seven will now be valued and there will be a second hearing to arrange its sale.
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