Fines dished out in USS John S McCain collision case

Stealth Maritime, the Greek tanker outfit controlled by the Vafias family, will have to pay $44.6m in damages over a collision with an American naval destroyer five years ago.

A US judge ruled last week that Energetic Tank, linked to Stealth Maritime, was 20% responsible for the collision involving its 39,000 dwt ship, Alnic, with the USS John S McCain in Southeast Asia, an accident that claimed the lives of 10 US sailors in 2017. The judge pronounced that the US Navy was 80% responsible for the high profile accident with the destroyer veering left suddenly while in the Singapore Strait and the chemical tanker’s bow piercing the destroyer.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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