Medi Chennai: Anangel coal carrier evades pirates
John Platsidakis, managing director of Anangel Maritime Services Inc
Leonidas Zissimatos, Technical Director of Anangel Maritime Services, Inc.
The furthest East attack ever registered, approximately 880 nautical miles (1,600 kilometres) East of Port Victoria, Seychelles, came on November 26 to the Angelicoussis bulker Medi Chennai. The pirates fired shots and RPG grenades but the barb-wired ship zigzagged and they gave up.
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ANANGEL MARITIME SERVICES INC
Anangel Maritime Services Inc (hereafter Anangel) is a private limited company that was incorporated in Liberia in March 2001.
Anangel has a fleet of 24 big bulk carriers and has 19 more on order.
“The fleet mostly consists of Capesize vessels, although there are still a few Panamaxes. Our profile, or company vision, is to be a high-quality operator of high-quality tonnage. Like everyone else in the current shipping environment, we may be concerned about ‘cost’ but we never cut our maintenance budgets. We spend considerable amounts on training our personnel at our own, DNV–certified centre.
The mother group of Anangel is called Agelef Shipping Group Ltd.. It is managed by John Angelicoussis. The group has offices in Piraeus, London, Houston, Manilla and Okpo, and operates more than 50 vessels, mainly bulk carriers and tankers. The two main management companies of the group are Anangel Shipping Enterprises, which operates about 25 bulk carriers, and Kristen Navigation with some 30 tankers. Anangel Maritime Services Inc. the Group’s bulker arm, is the first Greek company to enter the VLOC market.