NYK tried to silence ‘death ship’ widow with pay-off

Sydney: The inquest in Sydney over three mysterious deaths onboard the Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)-controlled Sage Sagittarius has revealed some more salacious details. The investigation at a coroner’s court into the 105,708 dwt coal carrier has gripped Australian media with the vessel being dubbed the ‘death ship’.

Within the space of six weeks three men died on the ship in mysterious circumstances, outlined in earlier Splash reports. The inquest has heard claims of the ship’s captain’s gun-dealing, abuse and misuse of his position.

It now emerges that the widow of one of the dead men, engineer Hector Collado, was offered A$48,100 ($37,493) in compensation by NYK if she vowed not to pursue legal action. She has, however, hired legal help with a civil suit in mind.

NYK had told Mrs Collado that her husband had died of a heart attack while the ship was moored at the Port of Newcastle, she says. However, it has emerged he fell to his death, and prior to the fall was dripping blood from a likely attack from someone onboard.


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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