ANTONIS, Cyprus, built 1968, 48756 grt, loaded with iron ore from Brazil for
China, sinks in the South Atlantic 1800 miles west of Cape Town
after the crew reported crack in starboard ballast tank.
There was a large swell but the wind was only beaufort 5/6.
The 24 crew members try to leave the ship,
but later only empty life rafts and boats are found.
In 2001, after a 65 days trial,
the head of the classification society Hellenic
Register of Shipping S.A., was found guilty of negligence.
The bulker had been previously classed with BV
from February 1993 until end of May 1994 and it
issued only 4 provisional certificates of seaworthiness
during that period due to concerns of BV surveyors
about her structural seaworthiness and poor results
from the last thickness measurements
which diminutions up to 55% of some essential
steel plates and stiffeners.
The class was transferred in June 1994 to the Hellenic
Register acting on behalf of the Cyprus flag administration,
but apparently no serious pre-registry survey occurred.