12/02/2014 02:56 EST | Updated 02/01/2015 05:59 EST

Jana crew members paid wages, heading home

Most of the mariners who had been stranded on a cargo ship in Newfoundland's Placentia Bay are heading home, according to the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union.

The 11 crew members, comprised of Russian and Ukrainian mariners, have gone without pay for six months. 

The men have been stranded in the port of Argentia aboard the hobbled cargo ship for more than two months, the casualties of a bankruptcy case that has been playing out in Europe. 

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers union, which has been advocating on their behalf, said Tuesday that a new owner has been found for the vessel. 

"A few crew members have chosen to remain on the vessel to work for the new owners," the union said in a statement.

After union officials alerted the public to the plight of the unpaid crew, donations of food and supplies poured in. 

The union said it was grateful to "those who expressed concern for the stranded crew members by providing donations over the past few months."