The new owners, Dragon Carriers of China, were one of only two bidders, the other being Abhishek Khullar from Mumbai, representing a company wanting to buy the ship for "a decent burial" in an Indian scrapyard, according to the Cape Times
. More than 40 people come to watch the auction - some were simply curious while others were creditors eager to find out how much of their bills were likely to be paid.
After the auction, Dragon Carriers representative said his company would have to discuss the best options for dealing with the Panos Earth, adding that the options are to repair the vessel, or sell it for scrap. Maritime lawyer Ed Greiner, who acted for the salvors Smit Amandla Marine and Smit Marine SA, told the Cape Times
the costs the ship had incurred while in False Bay, exceeded the auction price.
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