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Captain mysteriously disappeared from container ship O.M. Agarum in the Caribbean

Oct. 6, 2013 at 05:55 by Mikhail Voytenko in Accidents

Relatives of Captain Yuriy Nikolayev wrote to Maritime Bulletin, asking to help them to find out, what happened to their son and husband. He disappeared from vessel under his command, container ship O.M. Agarum, under suspicious circumstances.

Vessel left Kingston, Jamaica, in the morning Sep 15 13, bound for Rotterdam. In the evening the crew made a barbeque, a friendly feast for all. Later Captain and officers moved to ship’s office, and continued barbeque party there. Finally, late at night, only two people were left, Captain and 25-year old 2-nd officer. Shortly after, Second Officer rushed bleeding into cabin of a Chief Officer, claiming he was stabbed with the knife in the neck by Master. His further explanations differ according to different source. In one he said Master jumped overboard, in another he said Master ran to his cabin. Chief Officer called other people capable off attending the wound, which was stitched up and bandaged.

Nobody called Captain, to find out what happened, or to check his condition. Early in the morning on Sep 16 Chief Officer called Captain, and found out his disappearance. He issued a distress call, received by US Coast Guard, Atlantic area Command. US Coast Guard was alerted at 0445 Quebec Time 16.9.13, Captain was last seen at 2340Q 15.9.13. Vessel at the time, was 55 nautical miles southwest of Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Two USCG cutters and helicopters were involved in S&R operation. Container ship O.M. Agarum also took part in S&R. After 30 hours of fruitless search covering area of 2050 square miles, operation was suspended, though Navigational Warning to all vessels in the area remained in force. Second Officer meanwhile, was evacuated to hospital on Providenciales Island, wound wasn’t life-threatening.

O.M. Agarum interrupted her voyage and made a call to Providenciales Island, where she anchored sometime during Sep 17. In the evening that day a new Captain arrived on board of the vessel, accompanied by crewing Marlow Navigation Company’s superintendant, they both flew to Providenciales Island from Odessa, Ukraine. Vessel resumed voyage.

Relatives say they are kept in dark by crewing company Marlow Navigation, as to the circumstances of the accident and the investigation results. Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs isn’t of much help, either.

Relatives are pleading for help, asking anyone who can shred some light on the accident, or just has some additional information, inform them either directly by mailing to nellinovickaya@mail.ru or by mailing to Maritime Bulletin, vmd@odin.tc

There is still a possibility, albeit very slim, that the Captain was picked up by some boat or vessel, unconscious or incapable of identifying himself. Some additional info and photo at http://www.news.odin.tc/index.php?page=view/article/909/Captain-mysteriously-disappeared-from-container-ship-OM-Agarum-in-Caribbean

Container ship O.M. Agarum, IMO 9339856, dwt 27130, capacity 1853 TEU, built 2008, flag Liberia, manager Reederei O. Marten GmbH Co. KG, Germany.

Captain mysteriously disappeared from container ship O.M. Agarum in the Caribbean

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