The 31 crew members of the "Sea Shark" called Russian News Agency TASS and asked for help, describing their dramatic situation. The tanker had loaded a shipment of crude oil at Kharg Island Oil Terminal, Iran, and sailed to Suez in late Oct 2018, where it stopped, waiting for further instructions and flag change, because the Panama flag registry expired. The tanker was seized by the Egyptian Navy in late November 2018 for illegal entry of Egypt waters, though according to crew, the ship moved some 2 nm into its territorial waters in order not to lay dead in heavily trafficked waters of Red Sea shipping lanes. The tanker was taken to Ras Banas anchorage and kept there until April 25, 2019, when it moved northwards to the Sokhna coast, where she was anchored on April 27 and remains stationary since. Egypt imposed on owner $56 million fine. The owner was trying to appeal, while crew was remaining on board. While there were no wage delays, the contract time for all of the crew expired, with little hope of replacement. The crew included 17 Ukrainian, two Crimean, one Azerbaijan, and 11 from the Philippines, Sri Lanka and India. The tanker with some 1.1 mil barrels of crude oil worth some $75 million was seized, and $56 million re demanded for its release.
The owner of the "Evergreen State" that has been docked at the Port of Olympia for more than a year was on the verge of losing the ferry to a potential Port of Olympia public auction for unpaid bills, but he paid his bill in full on May 16. Gregory Jones of Jones Broadcasting paid about $8,000 he owed in the afternoon.
The US Coast Guard medevaced a crewmember from the "Bow Gallant" 35 miles northeast of South Padre Island, Texas, in the afternoon of May 16, 2019. Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a call from the captain of the vesselstating that a crew member was in need of medical assistance and required a medevac. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac. A Sector/ Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was launched and medevaced the man to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at Valley International Airport.
The "Marshal Z", carrying Iranian fuel oil in violation of U.S. sanctions, has unloaded the cargo into storage tanks of the Jinrun Petroleum Transfer Co. near Zhoushan. The discharging of the nearly 130,000 tonnes of Iranian fuel oil was confirmed by a representative of the oil storage terminal. It marked the end of an odyssey for the cargo that began four months ago. On March 20 it was remarked that Iranian fuel oil had managed to evade the sanctions on petroleum exports by using ship-to-ship transfers involving four different ships, including the "Marshal Z", and by using forged documents that masked the cargoes as originating from Iraq. From March 22 until arriving at the Jinrun terminal on the island of Liuheng on May 8, the tanker maintained a constant draught of 15.9 metres which indicated the cargo was not discharged before reaching the terminal, about 30 km south of Zhoushan, near Shanghai. On May 12, the ship finished unloading the fuel oil and left the terminal, the tracking data showed. The vessel was headed for the waters just outside Singapore, set to arrive on May 21. The "Marshal Z" took on the cargo from a larger tanker off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in January. It transferred the fuel oil to a second tanker, the "Libya", off the Malaysian port of Malacca later that month. But potential buyers wary of the U.S. sanctions steered clear of the "Marshal Z"'s cargo. By March 22, the tanker took the fuel oil back from the "Libya" and anchored off the Malaysian and Singaporean coasts. The vessel lingered off Singapore and Malaysia in March and April, the ship tracking data shows, before sailing to Hong Kong and finally to Liuheng island, off the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. According to a shipbroker report dated Jan. 28, the tanker was sold to an undisclosed buyer and intended for use as floating storage.
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