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Syrian Master sentenced to prison for negligence in Gokbel collision

The Syrian master of the 'Lady Aziza' was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison

Syrian Master sentenced to prison for negligence in Gokbel collision

The Syrian master of the 'Lady Aziza' was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison

26 May 2018 - 11:29

The Syrian master of the 'Lady Aziza' was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison.

In the morning of Dec 28, 2014, the ship had run into the port side of the cargo m/v 'Gokbel' which sank. Five crew members died when the ship sank within a few minutes.

The criminal proceedings ended in the afternoon of May 24, 2018, with a plea bargaining for crimes of negligence and negligent homicide. The investigation revealed a contest of the two master's fault, for lack of vigilance: the Syrian was the only one who could be prosecuted, because the other one died as a result of the impact.

The Gokbel sank after colliding with another merchant vessel near a foggy Italian port Ravenna in the northern Adriatic on Sunday, killing two crew members and leaving four others missing in cold, rough seas.

A Coast Guard commander said six crew members were initially rescued and brought to the port of Marina di Ravenna. One of those rescued later died in the hospital. 

The 86-metre-long (290ft) Turkish ship Gokbel went down after colliding with the 97-metre (320ft) Belize-flagged Lady Aziza.

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