What is a Class Certificate worth? Not a lot if it’s Bolivian, suggests Brazil’s investigation into the sinking of the barge SILO 99-B in Corumba.
SILO 99-B finally sank despite wooden wedges, rags and judicious cementing of its corroded hull despite being in class.
Brazilian Maritime Authority says: “…one has to question the role of the
Classification Society in this case. How is it possible that a craft in an advanced stage of corrosion as is the case of barge SILO 99-B, classified by the Bolivian Register of Shipping S.A. was in class and its certificates were valid on the date of the accident?…