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SHIP NAME: Iron Antonis KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source Woinin
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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.


source SSY
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Sank in South Atlantic carrying iron ore from Brazil to PRC. Owners reported this was final voyage prior to scrapping.


source Intercargo
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Greek legal authorities are prosecuting a case against the owners of the Iron Antonis, the 1968 built Capesize that sank with all hands en route for China with a full cargo of Brazilian iron ore. In a related court case last month, the Hellenic Register lost an action against the Panhellenic Marine Engineers. The Classification Society had sued for defamation related to the sinking of the bulker. Relatives of seafarers lost in the Iron Antonis were bringing civil suits against the Hellenic Register.


source CTX
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There is weak evidence from radio signals that some of the crew might have survived in the lifeboats for 6 days.

This loss generated an unusual bit of anger among Greek seafarers. Two HR executives were given jail sentances which were suspended. The Hellenic register tried to clean up its act a bit, delisting some two-thirds of its fleet. But what we really need is to see the BV survey reports.

Some say this ships was originally an OBO, but have been unable to confirm.