After several months, 20 of the 24 Filipino crew members of a stranded Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier in Greece are finally going home.
The crew members of MV Golden Arrow III have been stranded in Aleveri Port since April 5 after the ship was arrested due to unpaid wages and other financial obligations to the crew members and creditors, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
"They will disembark from Aliaga Port in Turkey, where the crew change is expected to happen in the next few days," the DFA said.
According to the Philippine Embassy in Athens, the seafarers have finally received their unpaid salaries and other benefits from the ship management before the vessel departed from Greece with the help of a lawyer.
The four remaining Filipinos have opted to continue serving with Golden Arrow III, the DFA said.
Prior to their arrival in Aleveri Port in Greece last April 5, the vessel was also stranded in Benghazi, Libya, for three months.
"The crew members expressed their gratitude to the Philippine Government for the invaluable assistance extended to them during their stay in Libya and in Greece," the DFA said. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News