Coroner’s decision on bulk carrier deaths is delayed

A coroner’s findings into the mysterious deaths on coal carrier Sage Sagittarius (IMO 9233545) has been delayed. Two seamen vanished from the vessel in August and September 2012. Head chef Cesar Llanto vanished overboard as the ship approached Australian waters off Cairns on the Queensland coast on August 30th. Then, two weeks later, chief engineer Hector Collado died after falling 11 metres from one deck to another as the ship entered Newcastle, New South Wales. Sharon Freund, deputy coroner in NSW, had been expected to hand down her findings on May 19th, but publication of her findings has been postponed to an unspecified date. A third death on the vessel occurred when Japanese superintendent Kosaku Monji was crushed in a conveyor belt while the ship was docked in Japan, but this was not subject to the Australian investigation. The International Transport Workers’ Federation has argued that the conditions created by the Flag of Convenience system had contributed to the deaths. According to database, 2001-built, 73,427 gt Sage Sagittarius is entered with Japan P&I Club. Registered owner is Hesperus Maritime SA. Manager is Hachiuma Steamship Co of Kobe, Japan.