Former Lady Aziza under tow to Alexandria
The former "Lady Aziza" has left the dock of Ravenna where it was moored and seized after the collision with the Turkish cargo m/v "Gokbel" in December 2014, which cost the lives of six sailors, now renamed "Yahia Junior" and registered in Togo, under tow on July 9 at 8.30 p.m. The ship was bound to Alexandria where it will be made operational again in a shipyard. The ship had been purchased in an auction in January for 650.000 Euros by the British Medway Marine of Richard Allen. Italian reports with photos: http://www.romagnanoi.it/news/news/1236828/La-Lady-Aziza-ha-lasciato-il.html http://www.corriereromagna.it/news/home/27571/la-nave-della-tragedia-lascia-il-porto-di-ravenna.html http://www.ravennanotizie.it/articoli/2018/07/10/porto.-lady-aziza-lascia-la-darsena-di-citt-venduta-allasta-per-650mila-euro.html
Master sentenced to prison for negligence in Gokbel collision
The Syrian master of the "Lady Aziza" was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison. In the morning of Dec 28, 2014, the ship had run into the port side of the cargo m/v "Gokbel" which sank. Five crew members died when the ship sank within a few minutes. The criminal proceedings ended in the afternoon of May 24, 2018, with a plea bargaining for crimes of negligence and negligent homicide. The investigation revealed a contest of the two master's fault, for lack of vigilance: the Syrian was the only one who could be prosecuted, because the other one died as a result of the impact.
Laid up ship auctioned for 650.000 Euros
On Jan 26, 2018, the "Lady Aziza" was auctioned by a British bidder for 650.000 Euros. The starting price was 413.000 Euro. The ship had been involved in the collision with the "Gokbel" in 2014 in which six seafarers died. Since February 2015 the ship was laid up in Ravenna. In November 2017 went adrift in the dock after breaking the moorings due to bad weather. An assessment in October 2016 had attributed the ship a value of 516.000 Euros. Now there was time until Feb 13 for five new offers that must be at least one-sixth higher. If no offers are received, the successful tenderer will have to proceed with the payment.Upload News