12/02/2014 03:03 EST | Updated 02/01/2015 05:59 EST

Ship crew stranded in Newfoundland receive back wages from new owners

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Union leaders say a cargo ship stranded at the port of Argentia in Newfoundland since Aug. 4 has been sold to new owners.

A statement from the Fish, Food and Allied Workers-Unifor union says eight Ukrainian and three Russian crew members on board the Jana have been paid.

Gerard Bradbury with the International Transport Workers Federation says six of the men will fly home on Thursday.

Some of the crew have chosen to stay on the vessel and work for the new owners.

Donations poured in after Bradbury held a news conference last month as the men ran low on water and food.

He said at the time that the crew were owed about US$160,000 in total after the ship's former owners filed for bankruptcy in Germany.