Rail ferry BALTIYSK was detained in Ust-Luga, Russia, Baltic sea, by Port Authorities for outstanding crew wages debt on Jun 9, according to Russian media. Operator of ferry, TRANS-EXIM Ltd, was warned twice earlier, but crew wasn’t paid, nevertheless. Debt total sum wasn’t revealed.
It looks like the same company, TRANS-EXIM Ltd, also operates rail ferry PETERSBURG, which was arrested recently after Estonian Court ruling in Tallinn, for outstanding debts, including crew wage debt – see http://maritimebulletin.net/2018/06/09/russian-ferry-petersburg-arrested-in-estonia/
According to TRANS-EXIM website, company operates both ferries, BALTIYSK and PETERSBURG, both services being suspended. http://transexim.ru/ferry-schedule
There’s a maze of different companies named as owner or manager of both ferries, so what company is a real owner and who’s to blame for debts, just can’t be figured out. Black Sea Ferry & Invest Ltd. of RZD looks like the real owner: http://eng.rzd.ru/statice/public/en?STRUCTURE_ID=4291
Probably, complicated owner/operator system is caused by the fact, that Black Sea Ferry & Invest Ltd is or was engaged in illegal Crimean ferries activities. Ferry PETERSBURG was deployed in Crimea in years 2014-2015, after Crimea annexation by Russia.
Both ships, BALTIYSK and PETERSBURG, are or were deployed on Baltiysk (Kaliningrad Region) – Ust-Luga (S-Petersburg) rail ferry Service.
Rail ro-ro passenger ship BALTIYSK, IMO 8318130, GT 20126, built 1984, flag Russia, operator TRANS-EXIM Ltd, Kaliningrad. Capacity 106 rail cars or 350 vehicles.