A surviving crew member of scrapped tug Bourbon Rhode (IMO 9356359) has secured substantial compensation as a result, according to London based International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).
The offshore tug sank with 14 crew on board in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on September 26th 2019 while en route from Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain, to Georgetown, Guyana, in heavy weather that was caused by category 4 Hurricane Lorenzo (IMN October 2nd, October 4th 2019). The ship sank about 1,200 miles off the island of Martinique.
Three of the crew members were subsequently rescued from a life raft. The bodies of another four were recovered, while seven were never found. Searchers also located an overturned fast rescue craft from the vessel.
One of the survivors was the Ukrainian national Yevgeniy Nikolov. He suffered injuries in the incident and has been unable to return to working at sea.
The ITF, working with the Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union (MTWTU) of Ukraine, managed to obtain for him a substantial amount in compensation.
2006-built, Luxembourg-flagged, 1,375 gt Bourbon Rhode is owned by Bourbon Supply Investments of Marseille, France. It is managed by Bourbon Offshore Greenmar Ltd of Nyon, Switzerland. At the time of the incident the vessel was entered with Shipowners Club on behalf of Bourbon Marine & Logistics.