Tanker trio sale sees ugly abandonment spat come to a close

An ugly impasse involving three ships managed by Singapore-headquartered Elektrans is coming to an end, with the vessels being sold and their crew finally getting paid.

The Distya Akula, Distya Ameya and Distya Pushti – three tankers controlled by Arya Ship Charterers in which Elektrans also had a 17% holding – saw a time charter fail to pay up, resulting in the ships’ crew failing to be paid and living in squalid conditions for a number of months. The crew managed to mount a visible campaign online to highlight their plight, one which Splash has been tracking closely.

Two of the ships were arrested in India and another detained in Cyprus. Now however a conclusion to the plight of those onboard is in sight.

The Distya Ameya was sold yesterday with the unspecified buyers sending a remittance to the ship’s crew.

Captain Michael Elwert, CEO of Elektrans Group, told Splash that the same buyers are close to concluding a deal for the Distya Akula while a different company is less than two weeks away from completing the purchase of the Distya Pushti.

“I wish we could have solved the situation faster,” Elwert told Splash.

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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