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Saviour detained

Print edition : Oct 12, 2018 T+T-

AFTER the Safeer completed the rescue mission on September 7, 1990, it sailed for Bedi Bunder in Gujarat. There the ship was given detention orders as the consignees alleged that the Safeer did not deliver the cargo in Kuwait to the consignees.

The cargo was discharged on the orders of the Iraqi army and neither the Captain nor the shipowners had any control over this situation during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait. The Protection and Indemnity Club got involved and gave the necessary guarantees to allow the ship to sail.

Some other consignees also tried, in various far eastern ports, to detain the vessel for non-delivery of cargo in Kuwait. This caused severe disruptions in normal trading of the ship and eventually the owners were forced to sell the ship and incurred heavy losses.