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Solar I could have been hit by ‘something solid’ — BMI prober

September 12, 2006

A MEMBER of the Special Board of Marine Inquiry said Tuesday that despite the denial of the crew members of the ill-fated MT Solar I, physical evidence showed that a barge or something solid got near them and caused the hole on the side of the vessel.

Commodore Benjamin Mata, BMI member, said it can be concluded that something solid bumped into the vessel.

Some members of the board, during previous hearings, asked the crew if any vessel got near their vessel, to which all of the witnesses answered in the negative.

The presence of the hole sparked insinuations that oil could have been smuggled prior to the sinking of Solar I on August 11.

To which, Mata said: “We are unable to say that oil smuggling really happened because no one admitted to it.”

(For the full story, click Something solid, Sept. 12, 2006.)

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