The conviction of the captain of cargo ship Thorco Lineage (IMO 9673197) has been confirmed. The vessel drifted onto a reef in French Polynesia in June this year.
Captain Lazaro Valenzuela was given a suspended one-year jail sentence. Operator Sinbanali Shipping was fined US$240,000. The company originally appealed but has now accepted the court ruling.
The captain was convicted or failing to communicate an engine failure, the result of which was that the laden ship drifted onto the reef of Raroia. The incident only became public when locals reported seeing the stranded ship, which was carrying zinc from the US to Australia.
After being towed to Papeete, Tahiti, at the beginning of July for repairs to the hull, the vessel was towed to South Korea.
When she was refloated, the High Commission of French Polynesia reported that the Thorco Lineage was damaged but intact, “without water leakage or leakage of pollutants.” A dive inspection revealed no punctures, and the vessel was towed from Papeete to South Korea for permanent repairs. She has since returned to commercial trading.
2014-built, Panama-flagged, 13,110 gt Thorco Lineage is owned by Phoenix Carriers Corp SA care of manager Thorco Shipping AS of Hellerup, Denmark. ISM manager is Taiyo Sangyo Trading & Marine of Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Phoenix Carriers Corp SA.