Ukrainian seafarers on an Estonian bulker have asked to leave the vessel ahead of a port call in Russia.

The 105,000-dwt capesize Vitus Bering (built 2019) has diverted to the Norwegian port of Vardo to make the change, Norwegian broadcaster NRK reported.

Most of the 15 seafarers on board are Ukrainian and NRK understands they did not want to travel to Murmansk.

The vessel is controlled by Platano Eesti of Estonia, which has been contacted for comment.

It is not known how long a change of crew will take.