Detained Brazilian reefer sails

May 21, 2005
Author: P&S

The Brazilian fruit juice tanker Ouro do Brasil, which had been detained in Port Elizabeth harbour following a fatal collision with the chokka fishing vessel Lindsay on Sunday, 8 May 2005, was released by the courts during the week and has sailed.

Ouro do Brasil entered Port Elizabeth after colliding with the Lindsay in the early hours of Sunday morning, and after having picked up one of the two survivors from the 30m fishing vessel. Fourteen fishermen died when their chokka (squid) boat was rammed by the Ouro do Brasil. (see reports in PORTS & SHIPS News section dated 16 May and 8 May 2005).

Families of the deceased brought a court order against the vesselís owners seeking damages against loss and loss of earnings. The owner or representative of the ship was required to post a bond before the vessel was freed by the court.

A counter suit of negligence against the Lindsayís owners has not been ruled out.

An inquiry into the accident, which took place southwest of Cape Recife will be undertaken by the South African Maritime Safety Authority ahead of any court enquiry into possible damages.


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