Reefer Magellanic hijack on Sri Racha road, Gulf of Siam, Thailand
A strange story occurred on the road of Sri Racha, Laem Chabang, Gulf of Siam, Thailand. On Sep 20 there was an attempt to hijack reefer Magellanic, which was anchored on the road after reportedly, arrested for debts to Laem Chabang ship repair yard. VTC spotted an attempt and alerted police, which intercepted reefer and brought her back. The felons weren’t detained or even spotted. Vessel presumably, was towed off by some kind of a small tug after anchor chain was cut by special tools. Vessel was unmanned. Vessel was taken to Laem Chabang ship repair facilities.
I happened to visit this vessel two years earlier, on Aug 15 2012, asked by Russian Consulate in Bangkok to help repatriate a Second Engineer of Russian nationality. Vessel was anchored on Sri Racha road since 2010 in a cold lay-up. Greek company sent to vessel two ratings of Myanmar nationality and Russian 2 engineer, promising to send soon the rest of the crew. There wasn’t any crew sent, no money, no supplies, nothing. Visas were already expired, when Russian engineer contacted Consulate and asked for help. Consulate contacted me and asked to do something as a journalist and a person well-known in Russian maritime community (officially it would take too much time). I found three people on board in rather desperate situation, published a story and with the help of ITF inspector in Novorossiysk, Ms. Olga Ananyeva, managed to repatriate 2 engineer back to Russia.
On photos Magellanic hijack. See also photos taken by me while visiting Magellanic back in 2012: http://www.odin.tc/newsru/read.asp?articleID=951