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22 Feb 2016

Carol Ostrow, SE Texas Record (USA)

USA: Father of missing seafarer Anastasios Nakis files lawsuit against EFShipping

"Father sues shipping outfit for son’s disappearance at sea", 15 May 2015

…Vassilis Nakis, individually and as representative for the estate of Anastasios Nakis, filed against Efshipping Co. S.A. Panama of Piraeus, Greece; and the M/V Ingrid C in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas May 14, claiming negligence in the April disappearance of Anastasios Nakis…According to court documents, Anastasios Nakis, a crewmember employed by the defendant…was last seen on or about April 12, 2015…Vassilis Nakis stated that he last spoke by telephone to Anastasios on April 11...Despite search efforts by the Mexican Navy, the seaman was not found and is presumed dead. Vassilis Nakis states that Efshipping refuses to cooperate further, supposedly claiming that their investigation is being conducted in secrecy. The plaintiff cites the defendant on several counts of violations of the Jones Act, including unseaworthiness of the vessel and general maritime negligence. The suit also requests that the vessel be arrested, condemned and sold to pay for damages. Citing social and pecuniary loss, the plaintiff seeks compensation…