Lado is the captain and Vakho is the boatswain. They never leave their almost broken ship, anchored in Batumi port. They stay on board in winter or summer, in sunny or stormy weather.
Lado and Vakho are the only hope for Enguri. If the captain and boatswain do not get money urgently to repair the ship, it will not survive next winter. It will either sink in the port or be sold as scrap metal. That was the fate of six out of seven refugee ships, with Enguri being the last one remaining.