Posted on July 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Panama-flagged Offshore Supply Vessel, MARIDIVE 702 has sailed out of Aruban territorial waters, despite a seizure order that was issued against the ship on the 14th of July.
The vessel is registered to Maridive Mexico, a subsidiary of the Egypt-based shipowner, Maridive. The Aruban Court ordered the vessel to be seized, based on a $21m claim against the ship owners, Maridive SAE, by Riverlake Solutions and Stalco Shipping and Brokerage.
Following the seizure order that was made on Sunday, the vessel was not to leave the territorial waters of Aruba. However, the Master of the vessel proceeded to turn off the vessel’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) early on Sunday morning and proceeded to sail towards international waters.
According to the local law, this act constitutes a criminal offence for the Master, and he can potentially lose his license, as well as face up to 4 years in prison as a result.
The vessel is currently outside Aruban jurisdiction and local authorities have been trying to recruit the aid of the Coast Guard in order to bring the ship back into territorial waters.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic