The Sorry Saga of the Ore/Oiler A Whale – From Miracle Skimmer to Bankruptcy & Abandoned Sailors

A Whale

Unfortunately, the story is not that unusual. A ship owner in financial trouble and sailors find themselves abandoned on a ship, far from home, with no wages, and running out of food and fuel.  This is what has happened to 21 seafarers stranded on the ore/oiler A Whale, a Liberian-flagged ship in the Gulf of Suez. They have been stuck for six months after the vessel suffered a technical breakdown. The ore-oiler, A Whale, is owned by TMT group which last week filed for bankruptcy protection in a court in Houston.

This is not the first time that A Whale is in the news.  Just three years ago during the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, we posted about A Whale. The ship was brand new and specially modified to skim up to 500,000 barrels of oil-contaminated water a day.   A Whale was offered as the world’s largest oil skimmer.  A Whale would revolutionize offshore oil skimming, if it had worked, which it didn’t.  It didn’t skim oil.   Now it is the home for 21 abandoned seafarers owned wages by a bankrupt company, and lacking the basics of food and fuel.  Thanks to Phil Leon for passing along the news.

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One Response to The Sorry Saga of the Ore/Oiler A Whale – From Miracle Skimmer to Bankruptcy & Abandoned Sailors

  1. Buck says:

    What a horrible story! To think that working mariners could be stranded like that over a boardroom decision is enraging.

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