The account of the marine accident involving the Israeli liner Shalom and the Norwegian tanker Stolt Dagali released Monday by the Zim lines was emphatically denied later that day by a spokesman for the Stolt Dagali's owners.
Leiv Arntzen interviewed, describing the Norwegian position.
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Background: The account of the marine accident involving the Israeli liner Shalom and the Norwegian tanker Stolt Dagali released Monday by the Zim lines was emphatically denied later that day by a spokesman for the Stolt Dagali's owners.
Leiv Arntzen, the president of the Scandinavian Marine Claims Office, Inc. called the Zim lines statement a "futile attempt to justify the Shalom's admitted speed of more than 20 knots in dense fog." He described the account as patently untrue. He said the Norwegian vessel had been running dead slow for twenty minutes before the accident; had stopped her engines when she heard the liner's fog signal, and was virtually dead in the water when the collision took place.
The Zim statement said the tanker has been proceeding immoderately in the fog, had failed to stop her engines on hearing the Shalom's fog signal and had negligently altered course in violation of the International Rules of the road.
The collision took place November 26 off the New Jersey coast. Nineteen of the Stolt Dagali's crew were lost and the ship herself cut in half. The Shalom suffered damage to her bow estimated at over one half million dollars.