This is the second time in the dock, so to speak, for the Panama-registered bulk carrier. On February 23, 2017, the ship was put into detention by the US Coast Guard while cruising on the Columbia river.
The US Coast Guard investigation many discrepancies in the ship. “Inspectors found cooling water leaking from the main engine and multiple issues with the vessel’s steering system,” reported the American publication Coast Guard News.
The ship was made to remain on the Columbia river until the discrepancies were corrected.
Before it ran into the Carmel Matha at 3.30 am on Sunday, the ship had sailed out of the port of Eliat in Israel on May 30.
It ploughed into the fishing vessel just a few hours before it was scheduled to dock at the Kochi port. Prior to that, it had sailed through the Gulf of Aden and was detected in the Red Sea off the coast of Sudan, travelling at 12 knots.
As of 3.15 pm on Monday, 24 hours after the collision, marine tracking sites reported Amber L still using its engine in the Arabian Sea off Kochi with an Indian Naval ship nearby. Also in the vicinity were BW Amazon, a Singaporean crude oil tanker, and an Indian trawler named Matsya Varshini.
Before docking in at the Israeli port, Amber L had made two intermediary stops at Shanghai, China on January 17 and 21, 2017.
The ship was built in 2000 with a length of 186 m and a beam of 31 m. Until 2013, it was known as Amber K.