Posted on November 21, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Panama-flagged oil tanker, Tradewind Legend, went out of control destroying several vessels in the process, as it was entering Paramaribo port in Suriname, in the afternoon of November 19.
The oil tanker was on its way to the port of Tout Lui Faut to collect oil and was sailing in the east coast of the Suriname river, when the vessel experienced engine failure.
As a result, it went out of control, and entered the New Amsterdam fishing market, destroying over 13 fishing vessels and damaging the quay in the process.
The crew onboard the tanker tried to deploy the anchor in an effort to stop the vessel, but to no avail.
Miraculously, there were no deaths or injuries as a result of the accident.
However, all the fishing vessels that were hit by the tanker were irreparably damaged.
This is particularly troubling for the local fishermen, as the fishing season has just started.
The management company of the Tradewind Legend, Staatsolie, has apologised for the incident and has promised to repay the affected parties in full.
In the meantime, the oil tanker has sailed upstream under its own power where it remains docked.
A formal investigation has been launched into the cause of the accident.