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,…

Liability to pay under marine cargo policy

Margaret E Campbell of Reed Smith has reported on a case in which the Commercial Court in London presided over by Justice Teare found that sanction limitation and exclusion clause did not permit insurers to avoid payment under a marine cargo policy in respect of a stolen cargo of steel billets. The policy was a…

Japan and S Korea to resume Iranian oil imports, but not until January

Refineries in Japan and South Korea look set to resume Iranian oil imports from January after they received waivers from US sanctions on Tehran, reported Reuters, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. The US has granted exemptions to eight countries, allowing them to import some Iranian crude for another 180 days. Japan and South…

BIMCO launches survey on bio-fouling management

Shipping association BIMCO is launching a survey to gain insight into how shipowners are dealing with the issue of biofouling management. BIMCO noted that fouling on a ship’s hull significantly reduced hydrodynamic performance and increased fuel consumption. It also impacted ships’ emissions and potentially transferred invasive species. Local and regional regulations were being implemented that…

US Navy officer could face questions in Norwegian frigate collision

The US Navy said that it expected one of its officers to be questioned as part of an investigation into the collision between Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad and oil tanker Sola TS earlier this month. The US Navy officer, who has not been identified, was on board the Norwegian navy frigate as part of a…

Wellington ferry skipper fined NZ$1,688 after grounding

Iain David Wilson, skipper of one of Wellington’s East by West ferries has been fined NZ$1,688 (US$1,159) after speeding and grounding passenger ferry City Cat, Maritime New Zealand has reported. Maritime NZ Central Region Compliance Manager Michael-Paul Abbott said that the ferry grounded on a rock at Karaka Bay at 17 knots in a 5…

Tanker remains a threat several months after fire disabled her

Chemical tanker Nu-Shi Nalini (IMO 9619608) was reported to remain a threat to ships off Kochi, Kerala, India, due to the possibility of volatile and highly inflammable cargo leaking. The vessel had 2,800 metric tonnes of naphtha, 20 tonnes of diesel and 40 tonnes of furnace oil on board when a blast in the engine…

Greenpeace activists board tanker off Cadiz: Detained

Six Greenpeace activists boarded tanker Stolt Tenacity (IMO 9680102) on November 17th while she was underway off the west coast of Spain, in the Gulf of Cadiz. Greenpeace said that the move was made as a sign of protest against rainforest destruction in Indonesia. Greenpeace added that the captain of Stolt Tenacity detained the climbers…

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…

West of England Club rating confirmed at ‘A-

Rating agency Standard & Poor’s has confirmed West of England P&I Club’s ‘A-’ financial strength rating, with a stable outlook for the third consecutive year, a move which the Club said reflected its “strong and sustained operating performance of recent years”. S&P re-affirmed its assessment of the Club’s capital adequacy as extremely strong (‘AAA’). The…