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March 10, 2004

Bow Mariner survivors retain attorneys

As salvage and recovery efforts continue, the owners and managers of the sunken tanker Bow Mariner,Odfjell and Ceres Hellenic Shipping, say they are in the process of providing all of the information requested by the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition, they have retained an expert on marine explosions and fires to help determine the cause of the accident.

In a related development, says a statement issued today, "four of the surviving crewmembers have retained their own attorneys to assist them to find a way to provide full statements to the Coast Guard. So far the crewmembers have exercised their rights to remain silent. However, both companies hope that a solution can be found to enable them to give full statements."

Though there have been no conclusions about the exact cause of the accident, as a precaution Odfjell Seachem has issued a safety circular to all of its vessels highlighting safety and operational procedures.

In addition, the two sister vessels of the Bow Mariner in the Odfjell fleet will be thoroughly inspected by both Odfjell and independent experts before starting new voyages with cargo.

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