Marine accident round-up : 23rd April 2018

Only two weeks after a reserve gate had been inserted into the southern lock of the Kiel Canal in Kiel-Holtenau, subsequent to the allision of container ship Akacia (IMO 9315020) with the Great Northern Lock on February 19th, multi-purpose carrier BF Timaru (IMO 9346421) could not stop in time when entering the lock after an…

Libya: Tanker owners and crew at risk when trading oil in Libya

Correspondents Shtewi Legal and Pandi Services in Tripoli have informed P&I Clubs of problems that shipowners might face while trading oil in Libya. The correspondents noted that, since the fall of the Gadaffi regime and the subsequent formation of a government recognized by the UN, certain factions had exploited the ensuing chaos, selling government oil…

Marine accident round-up : 20th April 2018

An initial investigation report on the allision of container ship Tolten (IMO 9612870) with container ship Hamburg Bay (IMO 9332872) has found a faulty gear and a delayed response as causes of the incident. Tolten, carrying transit-containers, collided with Hamburg Bay near the South Asia Port Terminal Limited (SAPT) berth on March 19th. At least…

Explosion and fire after dredger hits Texas gas pipeline

The US Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office and RLB Contracting Inc were responding jointly to a gas pipeline fire near Port O’Connor, Texas that broke out on the evening of April 17th. Dredger Jonathan King Boyd reported that she was on fire after hitting a gas pipeline owned by Genesis Energy while conducting dredging…

Marine accident round-up : 19th April 2018

An investigation has been launched by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) in South Africa into a collision between car carrier CSCC Asia (IMO 9391581) and tugboat Inyalazi (IMO 8317679) in the port of Durban. Acting Durban port manager Nokuzola Nkowane said that an investigation was being conducted into the circumstances surrounding the incident. “No…

Fire aboard vehicle carrier probably caused by insufficiently tightened pipe plug

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its report on the fire aboard vehicle carrier Alliance St. Louis (IMO 9285500) which occurred on January 16th 2017 while the vessel was travelling from Port Arthur, Texas, to Jacksonville, Florida. A pipe plug on the fuel pump for the main engine’s no. 6 cylinder came loose,…

Tankers collide off Singapore

LPG tanker Crystal Sunrise (IMO 9631682) collided with crude oil tanker Astro Saturn (IMO 9235725) off Singapore at 02:30 local time on April 16th. Crystal Sunrise had been chartered by Japanese LPG company Gyxis, while Astro Saturn was under charter to European trading house Trafigura. The accident caused the release of about 1,800 tonnes of…

Maersk Honam will arrive soon at Jebel Ali

Damaged and disabled ULCC Maersk Honam is expected to arrive at Jebel Ali in Dubai within a few days, having reached the Gulf of Oman. Being towed by Alice Prima, Amazon Chieftain Z, Maersk Involver, Posh Perseverance and Zwerver 2, the tugs have an ETA at Jebel Ali of between April 21st and 28th. “We…

Marine accident round-up : 18th April 2018

On April 12th an underwater inspection of the hull of the still grounded Tallas (IMO 7364546) was carried out by divers in Zeytinburnu, Istanbul, Turkey, in order to ascertain the latest grounding position of the vessel. The salvage plan will be revised depending on the diver’s final report. Cambodia-flagged Tallas was built in 1974 and…

Knowing when it’s time to say goodbye: Notices of Abandonment

Brian Boahene and Sheridan Steiger of legal partnership Ince & Co have written on the recent case of Sveriges Angfartygs Assurans Forening (The Swedish Club) v. Connect Shipping Inc (MV Renos) [2018] EWCA Civ 230. Boahene noted that the Court of Appeal had upheld a lower court decision in a case that required the Court…

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