As Shipowners Slash Costs, Some Crews Are Left Behind

By Keith Wallis (Reuters) Unpaid, underfed, and thousands of miles from home on a rusting tanker, captain Munir Hasan says he is a victim of a shipowner who has slashed costs in the face of an eight-year shipping downturn.  Marooned on the medium-sized tanker Amba Bhakti that is moored close to Shanghai and is in urgent need of repair, Hasan claims he and his crew of … [Read more...]

Traces of Blood Indicate Foul Play in Case of Missing Sailor

Ukrainian sailor Igor Yavorskyy, Chief Mate on board the bulk carrier M/V Ocean Lion was last seen on Friday evening when the ship's captain ordered him to investigate an incident involving his drunken shipmates. According to local police, "a red bloodlike substance was subsequently found on the ship’s main upper deck by contract workers." The captain immediately mustered … [Read more...]

For Nearly 2 Years Shipmaster Remains Locked In Panamanian Prison

In February 2012, gCaptain reported that in March 2011 Bulgarian shipmaster Captain Svetlozar Lyubomirov Sobadzhiev was arrested in Cristobal, Panama after 168 kgs of drugs were found in the bow thruster compartment of his ship. The Council Of American Master Mariners (CAMM), upon request by the Bulgarian Shipmaster’s Association, aided in finding defense counsel for … [Read more...]

Ship Engineer Gets Life in Prison for Killing Fellow Crewmember

An engineer accused of killing a fellow crewmember aboard an Indian cargo ship while off the coast of Nigeria has been sentenced to life imprisonment. According to the Times of India, Gyanendra Jai Bhagwan Chauhan, a fourth engineer aboard the M/V Jaglila, was convicted by an Indian court on Tuesday for the killing the ship's second engineer off the coast of Lagos in … [Read more...]