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Newlead Castellano on the move again

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A cargo ship, which sat off the coast of Tybee Island for five months will soon be on the move again.

This ship was the subject of our special report, after learning the owners had abandoned it and its crew, leaving them stranded and anchored off the Georgia coast for nearly half a year.

But Friday, the Newlead Castellano is docked in Savannah. It moved into the port late Friday afternoon where the new owner will take possession of the vessel this evening.

You may remember the ship was seized in April after unloading it's cargo of sugar in Savannah.
That's when its owner defaulted on its loan, prompting the company that made the loan to seize the ship.

That left the vessel and it's scaled down crew of 15 men, stranded near Tybee.

Last week, the ship sold for $7.4 million at an auction. This week, the sale was approved.

The stranded crew members were offered jobs with the new company, but all of them declined and are expected to fly home to the Philippines this weekend.

The company that foreclosed on the ship made sure provisions were delivered to the crew as well as their regular pay, which they were able to send home.

They also worked with a local Catholic parish to transport a priest to the ship once a week for Mass.

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