Canadian authorities still assessing case of crewman missing from Royal Wagenborg ship

Canadian authorities are still looking into the weekend disappearance of a crewman from a ship that was docked in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

The country’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) and the provincial police force Surete du Quebec on Wednesday said they had no new light to throw on the case of the 23-year-old third officer missing from the Dutch vessel Amazoneborg, not even to the extent of revealing the man’s name or nationality.

But both agencies said that updates on the case were imminent.

TSB spokesperson Chris Krepski told Splash: “Our investigative team attended the site of the occurrence at the weekend and returned to our office on Monday.

“While they were there they took photos, interviewed the crew and accessed the ship’s VDR.

“The occurrence continues to be under assessment. There may be news tomorrow or Friday.”

It is believed the crewman was last known to have been checking the ship’s draft.

Krepski added that TSB does not usually give biographical or personal information about people in cases like this. The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine incidents with the purpose of advancing safety, not for determining civil or criminal liability.

Sergeant Claude Denis of Surete du Quebec in Montreal told Splash that work by the provincial police in Trois-Rivieres is continuing: “Our investigators will proceed to an evaluation, probably tomorrow or Friday, on the next step in the search,” said Denis.

The 2007-built Amazoneborg, which is owned by Royal Wagenborg, has already departed Trois-Rivieres for Pori in Finland with a cargo of nickel.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.


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