The cargo ship, Unique, which is being detained in Dublin Port, was sold for €58,000 to a Greek buyer at an Admiralty auction in Dublin this afternoon.

The ship was sold by order of the Admiralty Court after the International Transport Federation, which represents seafarers worldwide, had sought an order for sale.

It claimed that the crew of three Pakistanis and three Russians aboard were owed more than $20,000 in wages. They will be paid out of the sale money.

The ship had been searched for illegal immigrants by Customs officials when it originally arrived in Dublin Bay.

It was later allowed to dock in Dublin Port where it was eventually placed under arrest.