Dubai-bound Hanjin ship stranded off Singapore
The Hanjin Rome, owned by the bankrupt Hanjin Shipping Company, was meant to have delivered its cargo to Dubai in the Middle East by now. Instead, she is stranded at anchor off Singapore.
The container ship has been sitting off the eastern coast of Singapore for more than a month. It was placed under court arrest in late August after Hanjin declared bankruptcy. German shipowner Rickmers filed a civil claim for money it says it is owed by Hanjin.
Hanjin Shipping Line has reportedly applied to the Singapore High Court for the ship to be released, but while the legal machinations take place, it cannot berth or leave.
Captain Moon Kwon Do, who has 16-years’ experience at sea, told the Strait Times “there is no development on this matter, nobody tells me any good news”.
The ship started its journey from Busan, South Korea, on Aug 19. It stopped in Singapore and was supposed to go on to the Middle East before returning.
There are 24 crew members on. Most of their contracts have yet to expire, which means they have to remain on board, going about their usual assigned jobs.
The ship has enough food and water for another 30 days, Kwon Do says and he is in regular contact with the crippled shipping line’s operations team.
“The crew fully understand and are doing their best to ensure the safety of the vessel, the cargo and themselves,” he says.