Mysterious arrest of fugitive Thoresen bulk carrier in Sri Lanka
Bulk carrier tried to flee Colombo, Sri Lanka, without proper clearance, while being under Customs investigation, on June 28. Vessel after leaving Colombo sailed in southern direction, and was intercepted by Sri Lanka Navy same day, off Galle, Sri Lanka. Vessel was taken to Galle anchorage. Vessel was boarded by officials, 27 crew detained or arrested. According to photo published in local media, it’s bulk carrier THOR ENDEAVOUR.
There are some strange unexplainable moments in the whole story: AIS wasn’t switched off, showing track and next port of call – Port Klang; vessel sailed at a reduced speed parallel to Sri Lanka southwest coast in Sri Lanka inner waters. In other words, bulk carrier behaved and sailed in absolutely normal manner (taking into account course, speed and next port of call), not like a fugitive. If bulk carrier was on the run, it should switch off AIS and sail at max speed in western direction, leaving inner waters as far behind as possible. The story does look strange. Sri Lanka Navy website, by the way, blacklisted all visitors identified as Thai. I’m residing in Thailand, IP is Thai, bilk carrier is Thai, too, with Thai crew.