Turkish Suezmax tanker detained, sued for $225 mil after contacting platform, USA

Offshore drilling company Cox Operating LLC, USA, sued Turkish manager of a Suezmax tanker ATINA for an alleged contact with COX’s oil platform, which took place on Oct 17. COX is claiming $225 mil compensation for serious damages sustained by platform, and for operational losses, because platform is inoperative after the accident, personnel being evacuated. According to ATINA track, contact occurred early in the morning Oct 17, shortly after tanker passed East Pilot Station, Mississippi Delta, and was anchored in Gulf of Mexico. Reportedly, she drifted while at anchor, or in process of dropping anchor, and contacted platform corner. She was brought to anchor near contact site, was moved to Galveston Anchorage during Oct 22-23, and remained there at anchor, understood in detention after Court’s rule. Tanker left Houma Mississippi on Oct 16.
Crude oil tanker ATINA, IMO 9593000, dwt 159500, built 2015, flag Malta, manager CINER SHIP MANAGEMENT, Turkey.



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