Release of Navios Venus order by High Court after private settlement reached

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has ordered the release of cargo ship Navios Venus (IMO 9713492), taking into account the fact that an agreement was reached between the two parties, with Indian Rupees 7m being paid as compensation.

At the end of October an India High Court directed the authorities of Shipping, Coast Guard and Mumbai Port to detain the bulk carrier following its collision with fishing vessel Shijumon off the Colachel coast on October 22nd.

The petitioner P. Rajamani, the owner of the fishing boat, submitted that two of the 17 fishing boat crew members were seriously injured in the collision when the fishing boat was hit while anchored about 20 miles from the Colachel harbour.

Rajamani said that the Navios Venus had not followed the operating guidelines framed by the IMO and claimed that the master of the vessel did not provide any humanitarian assistance, but instead proceeded to the next port.

The petitioner sought compensation. Due to the impact of the collision, the boat was severely damaged and a few fishermen sustained injuries.

He sought the detention of the ship. He said that if the ship was permitted to sail beyond the territorial waters of India, the fishermen injured in the collision and the petitioner would be left without remedy.

The court had ordered the detention of the ship which was berthed in the Mumbai Port. With the two parties reaching an agreement over the compensation, the court ordered the release of the ship. The parties were asked to execute a letter of undertaking.

As of November 15th the Navios Venus was underway some 200km off Mumbai, awaiting orders.

2015-built, Panama-flagged, 34,777 gt Navios Venus is owned by Tradewind Navigation SA care of manager Murakami Sekiyu KK of Hakata-cho, Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Imabari Office in charge) on behalf of Tradewind Navigation SA.