Offshore support vessel ‘does a runner’

Offshore support vessel Maridive 702 (IMO 9592197) was arrested earlier this week in Aruba as a result of a $21m claim against the owners by Riverlake Solutions and Stalco Shipping & Brokerage, reports Splash.

However, the master subsequently switched off the vessel’s AIS and sailed into international waters to avoid the arrest. The decision to make a run for it is a criminal offence in the local jurisdiction, punishable by up to four years in prison.

There was a possibility that liability could extend to the directors and officers of Maridive Mexico or even to Maridive itself, one of Egypt’s largest shipowners,

Local authorities were trying to get the vessel to return Aruba waters, which, at the time of writing, it was reported as showing no sign of doing, remaining in international waters. 2011-built, Panama-flagged, 2,379 gt Maridive 702 is owned by Maridive Mexico care of Maritime & Oil Services ‘Maridive’ SAE of Alexandria, 21411, Egypt. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Maridive Mexico