A fire broke out in the engine room of the Greek Bulk Carrier Faneromeni while sailing in the Arabian Sea on August 19 at about 4:00 a.m. Greek time. At the time of the fire, there were 18 crew members on the vessel. It is not known at this time what caused the fire on the 13-year old vessel owned by owned by Marmaras Navigation. Tragically, a 55 year old second engineer lost his life in the fire, and at least one other crew member was injured. It is believed that both crewmen are Greek, although their identities have not yet been revealed.
According to the Hellenic Coast Guard, the Faneromeni was sailing from Fujeirah in the United Arab Emirates to Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The vessel is insured with the London P&I Club.
Marmaras Navigation has previously been accused of underpaying the crewmembers on board its vessels. In July, 2020, officials with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) boarded Marmaras Navigation’s MV Agia Sofi and found evidence that some crew members had not been paid since August 2019. In January 2018, AMSA detained another company ship, Koundouros on similar allegations.
On January 31, 2017, Marmaras Navigation’s Aris T was involved in an incident on the Mississippi River in Louisiana, in which it struck several vessels. An investigation conducted by the National Transportatino Safety Board (NTSB) found that the Aris T likely could have reduced its speed leading up to the collision with the towboats.
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