Oceanic sighted near Dubai
The ship under tow by the tug Pacific Hickory arrived in Singapore on April 10. There the tug refueled then reportedly picked up the tow again and headed out the same day at an expected 5 knots speed for Dubai. Strong rumors then suggested a few weeks later that it had already been beached at the yard of GMS (cashbuyer for ship) Anil Sharma's brother -- Komal Sharma. However after some time, this has not been confirmed and latest word is that it is NOT in Alang.
It was reported in the Cumberland Times-News that Mr. Anil Sharma was sending it to Singapore or Dubai and there was interest in the ship from a Greek buyer.
GMS and GSL lawyers working for Mr. Sharma, have sent Basel Action Network (BAN) a cease and desist letter regarding our press release denouncing the export of the vessel. BAN lawyers have responded appropriately.
Meanwhile GMS and GSL have responded to the legal complaint by EPA on April 30. The GSL response is posted on the homepage of BAN website (www.ban.org). It is not very revealing. Basically they are arguing they did nothing wrong and if they did, they only should be fined for one day.
MARAD also reports that there has been no request to reflag the ship...