A Chinese cruise liner, the Henna, was detained on Friday in Jeju Island, Korea by a local court upon the request of another Chinese company, Xinhua reports.
The [National Tourism Administration] has contacted the ROK Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and asked the ROK side to take measures and release the cruise liner as soon as possible, an NTA spokesman told Xinhua.
The NTA also required operator of the cruise to take measures and ensure safety of all passengers.
The ship, with 1,659 passengers and a crew of 650 on board, was scheduled to sail at 4:00 p.m. Friday from Jeju to Incheon. It was detained before departure by a Jeju court which received a seizure application on claims of legal disputes from a subsidiary company of Jiangsu Shagang Group Co., Ltd.,the cruise operator said on Saturday.
Passengers will be compensated for the losses caused by the delay, according to a statement from the company posted online. The cruise is letting guests use entertainment facilities free of charge, and offering 24 hour food service.
Update 17:00 CST: Xinhua reports that the Chinese government has chartered planes to begin bringing the passengers aboard the Henna back home.
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