Intercargo, the dry bulk owners’ association, has taken a veiled swipe at the Marshall Islands over its slowness in revealing details into the sinking of the Stellar Daisy in March 2017.
The VLOC, belonging to Polaris Shipping of South Korea, sank in the South Atlantic 18 months ago with the loss of 22 lives, and, despite pressure from the bereaved families for information, the Marshall Islands register has yet to publish details into how the accident happened.
At is annual general meeting earlier this week Intercargo discussed the Stellar Daisy as well as the sinking of the Emerald Star last year which saw 10 crew lose their lives, adding up to the worst year for bulker casualties since 2011.
In a statement, Intercargo said that the submission of quality casualty investigation reports without undue delays would greatly benefit the industry.
“The importance of investigating an incident and the subsequent publication of a casualty investigation report cannot be over stated; the dry bulk industry expects strict compliance with IMO’s Casualty Investigation Code, which might even necessitate a “naming and shaming” enforcement process. We invite the IMO to regularly publish casualty analyses,” Intercargo stated.
At the AGM, Dimitris Fafalios from Fafalios Shipping was elected to replace Anangel Maritime’s John Platsidakis as chairman of the association.