M.V.MEEM 

  • Vessel m.v. Meem heading towards Alang ship breaking yard at Gujarat was arrested by the Bombay High Court, the owner of the vessel was heard by the Admiralty judge

    The Panama flag vessel m.v. Meem that was sold to a cash buyer for further sale to a ship breaker the vessel that was heading towards Alang ship breaking yard at Gujarat for being beached for demolition, was ordered to be arrested by the Admiralty Judge the Hon'ble Mr. Justice S.J. Kathawala of the Bombay High Court on August 12, 2013 in a legal action initiated by Al-bahriah Insurance & Re-insurance S.A.L. Counsel Mr. Rahul Narichania appeared for the new vessel owner. It appears that the vessel was enroute to Alang but not clear if she had entered Indian territorial waters when the legal action was filed in the Bombay High Court under admiralty jurisdiction.

     

    Shortly after coming alongside in Nacala on 15 March 2013, SAS AMATOLA received a call from a Panamanian vessel (MV MEEM) in distress at anchor in Nacala Bay. The vessel was at anchor because she was refused a berth alongside in order to refuel and take on victuals due to a dispute between her owners, her agent and the port authorities. The MV MEEM had been at anchor since the 11th February 2013. Her last port of call was Mogadishu (Somalia) and she was going to be scrapped when she arrived back at her home port before being sold to a cash buyer for demolition at Alang.

    The Captain of the MV MEEM primarily requested medical assistance as he had three critically ill personnel on board; presumably infected with the malaria parasite. One of his men had already died a few days earlier. As this was in SAS AMATOLA’s opinion a matter of life and death, a decision was made to send the Executive Officer and a medical team with the doctor from SAS AMATOLA to assist with medication and food for the Ship’s Company.

    Once on board, the situation was found to be poor. The ventilation system of the vessel was not working due to a shortage of diesel which made the inside of the ship almost inhabitable due to the heat. The crew was thus forced to sleep outside where they were freely being bitten by mosquitoes; hence the malaria. The three patients tested positive for malaria and the doctor provided them with medicine. Excluding the Captain (Captain Mohamed Javeed) there were 19 people in onboard total (13 Pakistanian, 4 Indians, 1 Egyptian and 1 Bangladesh).

     

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