News circulating last week suggested that a number of arrests were imminent in relation to the loss of the converted ore carrier Stellar Daisy in March last year. It was said that among those facing arrest were a Korean Register surveyor and the CEO of Polaris Shipping the owner and operator of the vessel.
On Friday, KR issued a statement saying, “Further to recent media reports, Korean Register can confirm that following the Republic of Korea court hearing on 24 January, the court rejected a request for an arrest warrant for a KR surveyor. The Stellar Daisy was classed with KR and she was surveyed in accordance with our rules and regulations which comply with relevant international conventions. KR is a full member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).
The safety of lives and safeguarding the marine environment are top priorities for KR and the society will continue to work with all the relevant authorities to assist with the investigation into the tragic loss of this vessel”.
The Korean court also rejected the request for arrest warrants for Kim Wan-joong, the CEO of Polaris and two other third party vessel inspectors. Only one of the five arrest warrants was granted, that being for a former employee of Polaris.