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Even Dummies Have Their Place In Pirate Alley

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Nov 032010
 

A Dummy on watch

Hristo Papukchiev, former chief investigator for Bulgaria who resigned in the face of political interference and other shennagigans among those in charge of ensuring the safety of the country’s ships and seafarers has long been back at sea. On one recent voyage he sent MAC these photographs of his anti-piracy efforts, held over until he, his crew and his vessel were in a place of safety.

Says Hristo: “Kindly please note my crew attempts to keep the vessel well protected away from the enemies hands when passing strait of Malacca .Probably this was just a simulation for hard time preparation to protect and secure the Federica Prima domain”.

A handful of dummies and wooden AK47s backed up by an alert and well-trained crew, of which Captain Papukchiev is very proud.

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Sep 042009
 

We’ve been asked to re-publish our three-part series on the resignation of Bulgaria’s chief maritime investigator and the enquiries into the losses of MV Vanessa and MV Tolstoy. What Papukchiev has to say is disturbing. He identifies significant shortfall in communications between port state controls, the IMO and flag states, and highlights the challenges faced by maritime investigators in those jurisdictions in which independent investigations are difficult to achieve.

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Captain Hristo Papukchiev

Just one day after being tasked to lead a re-opening of the investigation into the January 2008 sinking of the general cargo ship Vanessa Captain Hristo Papukchiev resigned as chairman of the Commission of Investigation. It was a frustrating end to a mission to enhance safety for seafarers on Bulgarian ships and in Bulgarian waters.

Papukchiev’s story raises issues regarding the country’s commitment to maritime safety, safety investigation, and search and rescue. The issues are not unique to Bulgaria,they are common in those countries where shipping interests wield tremendous political power, power enough to make or break presidents. What makes his story unique is that such tales are usually kept behind well-closed doors but Papukchiev has gone public.

It is probably fair to say that Papukchiev’s frustration, and anger is not aimed at the Bulgarian authorities alone but also at the failure of the international maritime community to give him the support he desperately needed to make change. it was, in particular, a test of the IMO’s commitment to transparency, a test which it failed.

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Tolstoy - Fits the template for Black Sea sinkings

For the first time in Bulgaria’s history, on Papukchiev’s watch, Bulgaria filed an accident report with the IMO, in this case the tragedy of the M/V Tolstoy. He expected a response, he expected action, there was none.

The Tolstoy investigation was the first one completed with Papukchiev as the lead investigator. It identified serious regulatory failings, inadequate vessel monitoring and a serious shortfall in Bulgaria’s SAR capability and in VTS operations. It should have led to a serious enquiry aimed at improving the situation, it did not.

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Aug 172009
 

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Tolstoy - A failure of Port State Control

Foundered cargo ships Hera, Vanessa, Rezzak and Tolstoy share common characteristics. All were around 30 or more years old, carrying similar cargoes, two are known to have had low freeboard, all sank in the Black Sea/Sea of Azov, all departed in questionable weather, all were very serious casualties, and with one exception, official investigation reports have yet to be published or filed with the IMO.

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Bulgaria – A Man Resigned 2 – Vanessa's Story

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Jul 272009
 
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Captain Papkuchiev charts a course for independent investigation

In April, 2009 Captain Hristo Papukchiev resigned as head of a team tasked with re-opening the investigation into the sinking of the m/v Vanessa in the Sea of Azov in 2008. Almost exactly a year before, the chairman of the Bulgarian Ship Masters Association, Dimitar Dimitrov, called for an independent investigation into the sinking, as well as that of the 2004 sinking of the Cambodian-registered m/v Hera with the loss of its Bulgarian master and the mainly Ukrainian crew.

To these four casualties, Tolstoy, Vanessa and Hera might be added

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Captain Hristo Papukchiev

Just one day after being tasked to lead a re-opening of the investigation into the January 2008 sinking of the general cargo ship Vanessa Captain Hristo Papukchiev resigned as chairman of the Commission of Investigation. It was a frustrating end to a mission to enhance safety for seafarers on Bulgarian ships and in Bulgarian waters.

Papukchiev’s story raises issues regarding the country’s commitment to maritime safety, safety investigation, and search and rescue. The issues are not unique to Bulgaria,they are common in those countries where shipping interests wield tremendous political power, power enough to make or break presidents. What makes his story unique is that such tales are usually kept behind well-closed doors but Papukchiev has gone public.

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