Captain & Chief Engineer of Tanker Aegean Angel Killed in Heavy Weather in the Atlantic

The 160,000 dwt  tanker Aegean Angel was en route from Tallinn, Estonia, to Houston, Texas when it encountered heavy weather northeast of Bermuda on Thursday.  A large wave is reported to have struck the ship, killing the captain and the chief engineer, who had gone forward to inspect for damage.  Several others, including the first officer, were reported to have been injured.

Wave hits tanker in mid-Atlantic, two killed

“While they were forward, a heavy wave broke on deck, the seamen were struck by the water and knocked down, and the master and chief engineer died immediately,” Capt. Mattheou Dimitrios, quality and safety manager for Arcadia Ship Management of Athens, Greece said.

The incident occurred about 800 miles (1350 km) northeast of Bermuda.

The first officer was injured and was in stable condition aboard ship awaiting a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to pick him up and take him to Bermuda for further treatment. The ship was expected in Bermuda about Jan. 3, Dimitrios said.

The vessel sustained only minor damage. It will stop in Bermuda to take on a new captain and chief engineer and then continue on to Houston with its cargo of fuel oil, Dimitrios said. It is expected in Houston Jan. 7 or 8, he said.

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8 Responses to Captain & Chief Engineer of Tanker Aegean Angel Killed in Heavy Weather in the Atlantic

  1. Jonathan Barros says:

    It sounds like this tragedy happened in or near the Bermuda Triangle or Devil’s Triangle. When is everyone going to heed the warning of not traveling through or near this deadly area? It sounds like this was one of those infamous rogue waves. This type of wave can happen anywhere on the ocean, let alone the Bermuda Triangle. Airmen and seamen should stay away from the Bermuda Triangle unless they know what the fuck they are doing. This triangle is where the lost continent of Atlantis disappeared. If it can destroy a whole continent, then it can destroy a large ship or a squadron of planes like it did in 1945(flight 19). It is a deadly area and should be off limits unless you are a researcher. Enough said.

  2. Rick says:

    The incident happened about 800 miles north-east of the ‘Bermuda Triangle” in what could still be considered the North Atlantic, which is fearsome enough in the wintertime.

  3. bill says:

    true, and then there is the aspect of “who gives a shit”

  4. Tom says:

    Probably should “give a shit” if a contributor to The Old Salt Blog doesn’t even know where the Bermuda Triangle is located!

  5. MARY GREECE says:

    @ Jinathan Baros:Firstly as a Greek with a father Chief Engineer on a Tanker at the sea I am telling you that you are lucky cause ignorance is a bless. Bermuda triangle?Give us a break… Honestly do you have any idea what a heavy Killer Wave is? Well, let me enlighten you… It is the unexpected wave that rarely follows heavy weather conditions. I repeat: unexpected!!!
    The captain, chief enginner and first officer went on the deck to inspect for damages. Then the wave hit, killing instaqntly the chief engineer and the captain instantly (who by the way has served with my dad several times at the past.

    I could go on with several others details that have not been published to give you a clear idea of what happened but it would still be just an idea since the tragic point remains the same…

    But really? Superstitions???Bermuda triangle? .

    So, keep consulting your limited sources and keep hoping that the trues is…”out there”.As I said at the beggining…ignorance is a bless.

  6. Abdullah Eyles says:

    Life’s not that easy on these ships which no-one notices and they rarely enter the headlines. The same vessel was involved in the rescue of 11 seamen near Peurto Rico a few years ago:

    “Coast Guard watch standers and the crew of a Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon Jet coordinated with the motor tanker Aegean Angel the rescue of 11distressed mariners aboard a life raft Tuesday, after their vessel sank 300 miles south of Puerto Rico”


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