The vessel has been renamed Star Minerva and is currently showing on AIS as that name. It is my belief that the purchasers are Minerva Marine Inc. a private and independent Greek shipping company that has established long term business links with Major Oil Companies.
Graham says that it appears that the vessel is heading up into Falmouth Bay in the morning (presumably for bunkers) and will be sailing again at teatime.
So ends the near eleven month self-imposed internment of the Sanko Mineral off the Devon and Cornwall coast.
I am sure it will come as a huge relief to the crew and their families. It is a matter of conjecture what remuneration the crew members have received on what had become virtually a 'prison ship'.
|Star Minerva - formerly the Sanko Mineral|