15 Sep 2013

Chinese cruise liner detained in port

8:43 am on 15 September 2013

A Chinese cruise liner is detained at a port in South Korea because of a legal dispute.

A Korean court has ordered the Henna not to leave Jeju after a request from a Chinese shipping company. The BBC reports it is not clear what the dispute centres on.

The ship's operator is providing free entertainment and food to the 1659 passengers and 650 crew on board.

HNA Tourism of Beijing said the ship had been due to leave for Incheon from Jeju at 4pm on Friday.

The company said on Saturday that it was trying to work out a solution.

The Henna had its maiden voyage as a Chinese ship earlier this year. The BBC reports it was previously operated by Carnival Cruises Lines, a British-American company.