HC Deb 02 May 1956 vol 552 cc45-6W
90. Lady Tweedsmuir

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation under what circumstances twelve members of the crew of the stranded Soviet ship "Krymov" off Aberdeen are remaining on board when she has been sold for salvage some time ago.

Mr. Watkinson

I understand that the twelve members of the crew are remaining on board during the discharge of the cargo. The vessel is still Russian-owned and flying the Russian flag.

Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will make a statement on the circumstances attending the stranding near Aberdeen recently of the Russian cargo steamer "Krymov" and the rescue and repatriation of her crew.

Mr. Watkinson

The "Krymov," bound for Aberdeen from Latvia, stranded in poor visibility four miles north of Aberdeen Harbour at about 8 p.m. on 18th March. The assistance of the coastguard and the Aberdeen lifeboat was declined. Twenty-two members of the crew have since joined the Russian ship "Kooperatzia" at Hull. I understand that the remaining twelve are staying on board the ship while the ship and her cargo are being salvaged.

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