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SHIP NAME: Dystos KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source UNK
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Seventeen killed and three missing in capsizing in Greece

The M/V Dystos (Greek-registry 6,197-dwt bulk carrier built in 1972, converted to a cement carrier in 1985, classed with Lloyd's Register, [actually Hellenic at time of casualty] owned and operated by Heracles Shipping Co.) capsized 28 Dec. off Kimi, Evia Island, Greece, in bad weather. The vessel sank 30 Dec. Seventeen people were killed and three are missing. Christos Anagnostou, 22, was the only survivor. A member of a maritime training academy, he said a large wave struck the ship causing it to list 45 degrees. Before the ship had recovered, a second large wave struck and the ship capsized, probably after the cargo shifted. Anagnostou jumped overboard and fired flares. The M/V Dystos was carrying 5,300 tons of cement from Volos to Piraeus. In addition to the crew, one crewmember was travelling with his wife while another crewmember's wife and 12-year-old daughter were also aboard. Six divers entered the ship 29 Dec. while vessels and aircraft continued searching the area. Five Greek Coast Guard personnel have been suspended pending an inquiry into allegations of delays in responding to the capsizing. They are accused of delaying informing senior Greek Merchant Marine Ministry officials. The first Greek Coast Guard personnel arrived at the M/V Dystos 10 hours after the capsizing. A Greek court on 30 Dec. ordered an invesigation into the allegations by Deputy Prosecutor Nikos Makris.


source www.oocities.com
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Assets of Heracles Shipping frozen as part of Dystos case

A court of first instance in Piraeus, Greece, has approved a petition freezing the assets of Heracles Shipping Co. The petition was filed by 30 relatives of those killed aboard the Dystos (Greek-registry 6,197-dwt bulk carrier built in 1972, owned and operated by Heracles Shipping). The Dystos capsized 29 Dec., 1996, off Kimi, Evia Island, Greece, in bad weather and sank 2 Jan., 1997. Seventeen crewmembers and three relatives aboard were killed. One person survived. The ship was carrying 5,300 tons of cement from Volos, Greece, to Piraeus. Following six decisions by a special court, which tentatively attributed the incident to "internal structural collapse," it ordered that 493 million Greek drachmas/U.S.$1.73 million of the company's assets be frozen. The victims' relatives had requested 6.4 billion drachmas/U.S.$22 million in damages and distress. The parent company, AGET-Heracles, will have to deposit the amount in the form of a letter of guarantee until a final verdict is reached.


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Ship was converted to cement carrier in 1985.

The ship sank in 35 m of water. Divers from Paros removed the dead and inspected the ship, so the court had first hand evidence for the "internal structural collapse" verdict.

The ship was classed Hellenic, not LR, at time of casualty. She may have transferred from Lloyds but we dont know this. GISIS has nothing on this killer casualty.