Stranded sailors to return home after more than a year
The Malaviya Seven has been sold in a deal to allow the crew to recoup their pay.
The crew of an Indian supply ship stranded in Scotland for more than a year will finally return home.
The Malaviya Seven has been sold in a deal which will allow the crew to recoup £670,000 in unpaid wages.
It will also enable the final members of the crew to return home after spending more than a year in Aberdeen, where their ship has been held since October 2016.
Half of the crew have already made the trip and they will be followed by captain Ashish Prabhakar and Vijay Kumar on Wednesday.
The sale price has not been disclosed, although it is understood it will cover the crew's wages.
A previous attempt to auction the Malaviya Seven attracted a single £300,000 bid, while the ship was valued at up to £1.1m.
Twenty-four past and present crew are due money and several were forced to take out loans to support their families.
The Malaviya was detained twice in Scotland last year over unpaid wages.
It was first held in June after being contracted to BP and was released after the crew were paid in August.
It returned to Aberdeen under a different contract two months later and was detained on identical charges.
Foreign sailors working in the North Sea were owed more than £1m in unpaid wages last year.