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Thursday, December 14, 2017

INTERTANKO calls for immediate release of the Prestige Captain

INTERTANKO is seriously concerned that the detention of the Master of the tanker M/T Prestige that sank off Spain 19 November is impeding a full, prompt and independent investigation of the incident.

The tanker Master Captain Mangouras has remained in custody of the Spanish authorities held against a bail of Euro 3 Million since he came off the ship after he and the Chief Engineer and the Chief Officer waived their right to be rescued and remained on-board to try to save the tanker.

Internationally all concerned parties have called for a speedy and rigorous investigation of the incident and INTERTANKO is similarly on record with our demand that this incident is comprehensively  investigated. With the Master detained, without the proper means of liasing with the owners and with flag state inspectors and others who have a legal obligation to interview him being denied access,  a full and independent investigation can not be commenced.

The operator of the tanker have co-operated fully with the authorities since the vessel first encountered difficulties and has pledged to co-operate fully in an independent investigation.

INTERTANKO therefore joins other maritime organisation and the vessel's flag state Bahamas in calling for the immediate release of Captain Mangouras.