Cox sues managers of Atina tanker after alleged contact with platform

USA-based offshore drilling company Cox Operating LLC USA has sued the Turkey-based manager of crude oil tanker Atina (IMO 9593000) for an alleged contact with COX’s oil platform on October 17th.

COX filed suit the following day in the US District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

The company is claiming $225m compensation for serious damages sustained by platform, and for operational losses, because the platform was said to be inoperative after the accident. The personnel on the platform have been evacuated.

Defendants are Ciner Ship management, Hanzhou 1 Ltd and Atina M/V. The suit is being heard by Judge Jane Triche Milazzo.

The contact was said to have occurred early in the morning of October 17th local time shortly after the Suezmax passed East Pilot Station, Mississippi Delta, and was anchored in Gulf of Mexico. The vessel was reported to have drifted while at anchor, or in process of dropping anchor, and as a result contacted a corner of the platform. She was brought to anchor near the contact site before being moved to Galveston Anchorage during October 22nd and 23rd, remaining there at anchor.

The tanker had left Houma Mississippi on Oct 16.

As of October 24th the vessel was at anchor off Houston in the Gulf of Mexico..

2015-built, Malta-flagged, 83,377 gt Atina is owned by Hanzhou 1 Ltd care of manager Ciner Ship Management of Istanbul, Turkey. ISM manager is Besiktas Likid Tasimacilik of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Hanzhou 1 Ltd.