Panama-flagged Alexandra C (built 1981) sank
off the Yemeni island of Socotra on Wednesday (20/6-2007) morning.
The one Georgian and eighteen Turkish crew members of the 10,077-dwt Alexandra C (built 1981)
were plucked from the water by another Panama-flagged chemical tanker
after their vessel sank about 120 miles off the Yemeni island of Socotra on Wednesday morning.
A source at the Turkish operator of the Alexandra C,
Selay Denizcilik Sanay, told TradeWinds on Wednesday that the crew abandoned ship
after the engine room became flooded in adverse weather conditions.
A distress signal was issued and after about four hours in a lifeboat
the unharmed crew members were picked up by the passing 20,000-dwt Fairchem Steed (built 2005),
managed by Singapore-based Anglo-Eastern Shipmanagement.
The Alexandra C was fully loaded with a cargo of 10,000 tons of urea ammonium nitrate
and was destined for the Far East from the Black Sea.
It was on spot charter but the Turkish source could not disclose the charterer.
The nineteen crew members are expected to arrive at an Indian port this weekend
from where they will be flown back to Turkey.
The Selay source said that, although the issue of salvaging the ship has been discussed,
this now appears unlikely.
The Alexandra C is classed by Germanischer Lloyd with P+I cover with the West of England.
By Eoin O'Cinneide in London