A Whale TMT Shipping

A file photo of the TMT ship “A Whale” which was built as an ore carrier but later converted into an oil skimmer following the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010, although it was never put into service. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Former Master of the abandoned Liberian-flagged oil/ore carrier ‘A Whale’ took home the Seafarer of The Year Award at the Lloyd’s List Awards held in London last night.

Captain Khan Jubair Niaz was Master of the TMT-owned ‘A Whale’ when it made international headlines earlier this year after it was found out to have been abandoned for 6 months off Suez as the company battled through bankruptcy proceedings. As the complex legal case unfolded, Captain Niaz and his 20 crew were left with a lack of basic supplies including food, water, fuel and communication, not to mention pay.

Accepting the award on Captain Niaz’s behalf was Jan Webber, Director of Fundraising for Sailor’s Society charity, which had liaised with the crew throughout the ordeal and helped spread the word of their dire situation.

“I was honored to address the assembled guests at last night’s Lloyds List awards on behalf of Capt Niaz,” Webber said in an emailed statement to gCaptain. “There is no doubt that he has succeeded in raising the profile of all seafarers in abandoned situations such as the A Whale.”

A U.S. court eventually ruled in June that banks in Taiwan seeking to put pressure on TMT must allow cash to be used to pay for the costs of crewing and fueling ‘A Whale’.

Other winners at last night’s awards ceremony included Maersk Line, which took home Company of The Year Award, and Royal Bank of Scotland’s Lambros Varnavides, who picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award. A full list of winner can be found HERE.

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  • Doug Bostrom

    Now it should be this guy’s turn:


    Note that in this case the vessel’s parent company is still doing business.

  • http://www.yachtsalez.com Yacht Sales Dude

    I remember a guy that humped a dead whale in pompano beach south Florida he got in super trouble with the life guards but got away with it because he him self used to be a life guard and the oceanology people gave him a brake because others told people that the whale was still alive, was a funny story he had 2 million youtube hits and he didn’t even upload video him self, person who did made over 50 grand over his whale humping. we at our boat brokerage and yacht chartering payed special attention to this story and thought it was funny, hope to see more good blog posts by you guys as well. :)


      Hey “DUDE” take my advice and look into an extension class in grammar because yours is awful. I think you’re probably somewhere in the I.Q. range of about 65… similar to someone with a severe learning dissability.

  • http://yahoo mohammed wasim

    hi captain zubair
    this wasim i worked with in his last as o/s .under him he diffnty a sititution control guy as i sail in b whale as he his c/o…

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