Rapid course change and cargo misassessment were causes of dredger capsizing

A rapid change of course and a misassessment of the make-up of the dredger’s cargo, was the reason for the sudden capsizing of dredger Sirius Høj (IMO 7032375) outside Bogense, Denmark, on March 10th 2018, according to a marine accident report from Danish Accident Investigation Board (Den Maritime Havarikommission – DMAIB). The dredger was working…

Japan Club report on P&I condition surveys 2018

Japan Club has issued its report on the condition surveys conducted in 2018 policy year. The condition surveys are conducted by independent surveyors for both vessels presented for entry and already-entered vessels that have reached a certain age. The objective is to encourage to maintain the standard of vessel’s management and seaworthiness above a certain…

Marine accident round-up : 24th May 2019

US-based Cal Maritime’s training ship Golden Bear (IMO 8834407) sustained minor damage after one of its masts hit a shoreside gantry crane as it arrived in Barbados on Tuesday May 21st as part of its 2019 cruise. The allision caused the training ship’s main mast to collapse. The school said that the ship was under…

Marine accident round up : 23rd May 2019

Crude oil tanker Saiq (IMO 9406166) was detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency on May 20th at 09:00 local time after what was described as unauthorized anchoring since May 16th in the country’s territorial waters about 10nm south of Pulau Jarak. The ship had 25 crew members on board from Pakistan, India, Russia, Oman…

Tugboat captain and pilot at fault in Sunshine Bridge crash, say company officials

Marquette Transportation’s president and other company officials have placed the blame for the Sunshine Bridge crash on the tugboat captain and pilot, asserting that they failed to follow the company’s internal safety and voyage planning policies. A crane barge towed by 1978-built, 146 gt, USA-flagged inland supply vessel Kristin Alexis (IMO 8635784) allided with the…

Evridiki owner, operator, chief engineer, charged over pollution infractions

A US jury has charged Evridiki Navigation Inc, Liquimar Tankers Management Services Inc and tanker Evridiki (IMO 9318137) Chief Engineer Nikolaos Vastardis with failing to keep accurate pollution control records, falsifying records, and obstruction of justice. The US Department of Justice announced on May 16th that a federal grand jury in Wilmington, Delaware had returned…

Engine failures caused by assembly errors, says MAIB

Two engine failures during Solent ferry sailings of the Wight Sky (IMO 9446984) were caused by assembly errors, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has found. MAIB stated that errors were made by Swedish engine manufacturer Volvo Penta and a UK Volvo dealer. The two incidents were part of an ongoing MAIB inquiry. RoRo ferry…

Marine accident round-up : 22nd May 2019

Bulk carrier Persenk (IMO: 9578995) was in collision with the cargo ship Ahmet Can (IMO 9368182) in the Marmara Sea during the late morning of May 18th between Marmara island and the port of Tekirdag, European Turkey. Both ships, were heading towards the Dardanelles and both suffered damage. Persenik headed for Tekirdag Anchorage. Ahmet Can…

Marine accident round-up : 21st May 2019

General cargo ship Industrial Charger (IMO 9213959) allided with a pier while arriving at the port of Takoradi, Ghana, on May 1st. She also came in contact with pipe layer Seven Pacific (IMO 9518311). Portuguese and UK accident investigation teams were evaluating and analysing the incident, which did not result in any injuries or pollution….

EU spends £155m to support maritime security in Gulf of Guinea

The EU has said that its regional programmes in the Gulf of Guinea were supporting the implementation of important ECOWAS strategies in maritime, fisheries and illegal drug trafficking. The Combined Maritime Forces had establish a security corridor off Horn of Africa, the Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Kurt Cornelis, said this…