Bulk carrier with Russian-Indonesia crew stuck in Venezuela, crew desperate

Bulk carrier LEROS I is stuck in Venezuela since early January this year, 18 crew including 13 Russians and 5 Indonesians, is supposed to prepare the ship for planned repairs and sale. No wages paid, no supplies, no food – for a long time. Ship’s agent behavior is strange and unexplainable, he is doing nothing to assist crew. All calls to local authorities, Russian consulate and ITF didn’t bring in any respond. Crew is desperate.
I’ve received the message from Vladivostok, Russia, obviously native city for at least several seamen on board of LEROS I. I have Captain’s phone and WhatsApp number. Anyone concerned and able to assist, welcome.
Bulk carrier LEROS I, IMO 9145786, dwt 24804, built 1998, flag Panama, ISM manager SPARTA SHIPMANAGEMENT LTD, owner/manager BALENA MARINE INC, Liberia.



My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.