Third Officer reported to have admitted killing Captain and First Officer on tanker

The Third Officer on chemical tanker Ayane (IMO 9395991) was reported as arrested by Argentine authorities on a charge of killing the vessel’s Captain and First Officer while the vessel was at anchor on October 22nd.

The Third Officer apparently called the traffic control station in Buenos Aires at around midnight, saying that he had just killed the two men and that he wanted to be arrested. He apparently identified himself as Carlos Lima, aged 52. “I want the Coast Guard to come and arrest me”, he was reported to have said.

Ninety minutes later, early on October 23rd. the Argentine Naval Prefecture boarded chemical/oil products tanker Ayane which has been at anchor outside Buenos Aires for the past two weeks. Aboard the 16,971 dwt tanker, which is registered in Malta, they found Captain Alejandro Daniel Garcia, age 39, and First Officer Juan Alfonso Pegasano, age 48, both shot dead. A search of the tanker failed to find the weapon.

An Argentine Coast Guard spokesperson later told the media that the arrested man had been “very calm”, stating that Lima had surrendered to the Coast Guard when they boarded the vessel and did not resist arrest. “It is believed the attacker could have suffered a psychotic breakdown”, the spokesperson said.

When brought before a judge, Lima refused to speak. The authorities were continuing to investigate the situation.

Authorities reported that the remainder of the 21 crew, all Argentine nationals, had retreated to the vessel’s citadel, possibly after hearing the shots. They remained in the safe location until the Coast Guard came aboard and took Lima into custody.

The suspect was reported to have been working on merchant ships for the past eight years, having previously served as a police officer in Argentina until his dismissal in 2007.

As of October 26th the vessel was moored at La Plata. Argentina (arrived October 23rd).

2010-built, Malta-flagged, 12,137 gt Ayane is owned by Bergama Shipping Ltd care of manager Bahia Grande SA of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Bergama Shipping Ltd.

Recording of the call (Spanish) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gto_vOBHUZA