Marine accident round-up : 18th March 2019

Tanker Cape Bradley (IMO 9264271) broke from its moorings at the Euro Tank Terminal Amsterdam Vito during cargo operations on March 9th as a result of a stormy westerly wind. Tugs were called for assistance to push the vessel towards the jetty, but during the tugs’ assistance the cargo arm was severely damaged, being connected…

Cooperation group on Places of Refuge

The European Commission, EU/EEA Member States and industry representatives met in Brussels on 6 February to discuss the drafting of revised international guidelines for Places of Refuge (PoR). Lars Lange and Helle Hammer represented IUMI in the cooperation group, which meets on a regular basis. Hammer reported in the March issue of IUMI Eye that…

Grande America was carrying cargo to North Africa and Brazil

Conro Grande America (IMO 9130937) was carrying cargo loaded in Antwerp and Hamburg and was going to deliver to Casablanca, Dakar, Conakry, the Brazilian ports of Suape, Vitoria, Rio de Janeiro, Santos and Paranagua when she sank on March 12th in the Bay of Biscay. The vessel was carrying 2,210 vehicles and 365 containers, of…

Marine accident round-up : 15th March 2019

Chemical/oil products tanker Team Explorer (IMO 9326902) was in collision with cargo ship Glykofiloussa (IMO 9296236) on March 7th, near Frederikshavn. Team Explorer suffered minor damage to the aft and arrived at Frederikshavn on March 11th. Glykofiloussa suffered minor damage to the front end of the hull. No leaks were reported and an investigation was…

Engine room fire – carbon dioxide system did not activate

In Swedish Club’s latest Monthly Safety Scenario, a case of fire suppression failure was covered. A vessel was heading for the discharge port during the evening in heavy weather (around Beaufort scale 7). The vessel was heading for the discharge port. A fire alarm sounded on the bridge. The Master, who was on the bridge…

Grimaldi Group working with France to minimize Grande America environmental fall-out

Following the sinking of conro Grande America (IMO 9130937) on March 12th, some 140 miles south west of Brest in position 046 04 08.0 N, 005 47 04.0 W, the Grimaldi Group is working with French authorities to prevent any potential damage to the marine environment. The Grimaldi Group expressed its “sincere gratitude and appreciation”…

Marine accident round-up : 14th March 2019

Potential evidence on the deck of offshore tug/supply ship Aline B (IMO 9440734) were reported seized by the Port Authority of Ancona after the ship berthed in port on March 9th. The ship was struck on March 5th by a crane falling from Italian oil company Eni’s platform Barbara F during the transshipment of a…

Breaches of INL from the charterer’s perspective

In a new web article, Oslo, Norway-based marine insurer Skuld has noted that, when the topic of breaching International Navigating Limits (INL) is discussed the focus tended to be on owners and their hull and machinery insurance. Skuld has examined breaches of INL from a charterers’ perspective, both in terms of potential liability for damage…

Grande America Grande America conro sinks after fire in Bay of Biscay

Container vessel Grande America (IMO 9130937), which caught fire on March 10th about 263km southwest of the Pointe de Penmarc’h, sank at 15:26 local time on March 12th. Owner Grimaldi said that the fire was “caused by some cargo loaded onboard the vessel and the firefighting operation by the crew had to be discontinued when…

Marine accident round-up : 13th February 2019

Bulk carrier Pacific Queen (IMO 9497359) became disabled and adrift on February 28th, roughly halfway between Brazil and Cape Town, after sailing from Porto Do Acu on February 23rd, bound for Singapore, SAR tug SA Amandla was contracted for towage to Cape Town ETA March 26th. 2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 91,971 gt Pacific Queen is owned…

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