Marine accident round-up : 21st November 2018

Canadian Coast Guard ship Corporal McLaren (IMO 9586083) became partially submerged at Marine Engineering Ltd Shipyard in Sambroin Sambro, Nova Scotia during the night of November 16th  after falling from its secured cradle. Police investigating the incident have since confirmed vandalism as the most probable cause. Ray Gallant, vice-president of operations with Canadian Maritime Engineering,…

Marine accident round-up : 20th November 2018

Cargo ship MSC Katyayni (IMO 9110389), which was operating between Piraeus, Greece and Yilport Port in Izmit, Turkey, allided with the dock of the Turkish port at the Yilport Gebze Terminal during a berthing manoeuvre on just after dawn on November 19th. A fuel tank was damaged and oil leaked into the port basin. Mare…

Fines for misdeclarations in Ukraine

Legal firm Lex Marine in Odessa has reminded members of Britannia Club and North of England Club that if ship’s stores were misdeclared in Ukraine, particularly in the port of Nikolayev, customs officers would seize the misdeclared stores and the ship would have to pay a fine. In cases where fuel amounts were declared improperly,…

Marine accident round-up : 19th November 2018

High-speed ferry T&T Spirit (IMO 9280897) has been sidelined in Port of Spain until November 17th at the earliest after weeks of mechanical problems, which have resulted in several delays and cancellations. The vessel has not sailed since developing mechanical issues on its journey from Tobago to Trinidad during the morning of November 12th. A…

Marine accident round-up : 16th November 2018

Three crew members of the Panama-flagged general cargo ship Apollo Kita (IMO 9612466) are reported to have died after being found unconscious in a cargo hold of vessel in Japan. The three male victims had apparently been cleaning the hold of the ship at an anchorage off Ishigakijima Island in Okinawa Prefecture when they were…

Threat of piracy is chasing foreign vessels from Nigerian waters say Marine Engineers

The Nigerian Institution of Marine Engineers and Naval Architecture (NIMENA) has said that foreign vessels were avoiding Nigerian waters because of the danger of piracy. Threats included sea robberies, pirate attacks, hi-jacking and kidnap. President of NIMENA, Engr. Henry Unuigbe, said at the 7th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society of Engineers that drastic solutions…

Marine accident round-up : 15th November 2018

General cargo ship Rix Crystal (IMO 9050125) ran aground on Sprogø Island, Denmark early on November 10th. The accident happened when the ship, coming from Aarhus, was unloading rocks for the coastal protection work currently being carried out in a small bay between the highway ramp on Sprogø and the dam of the railway station…

Antares licenses Quest Marine from Concirrus

Lloyd’s managing agency Antares, a member of the QIC Group and operator of Syndicate 1274, is working with UK-based insurtech company Concirrus and has adopted Concirrus’s Quest Marine data and analytics software. Syndicate 1274 offers Property, Casualty, Marine and Aviation underwriting services. Its capacity in 2017 was £350m. Antares was acquired by QIC in June…

Japanese government to expand anti-piracy mission

The Japanese government is to extend its anti-piracy mission in the seas off Somalia for another year. Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya told a news conference that the extension of the patrols off Somali and the Gulf of Aden to protect vessels from pirate attacks was in line with international efforts, including that of the EU,…

NTSB releases its “Safer Seas Digest”

Maritime accident investigation reports for collisions, explosions, capsizings and allisions and the lessons learned within those reports are detailed in the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Safer Seas Digest 2017, which was released online late last week. The publication is a compendium of 41 marine accident reports for accidents involving fishing, offshore supply, cargo,…