New app for evidence gathering from North

North P&I Club has launched a mobile app which it said would make easier the gathering of evidence. It said that the app would make the collecting of evidence on incidents faster, easier and more accurate, while enhancing reporting consistency in future claims. “The MRCE Handbook” app from North (compatible with Android, iPhones and Windows…

Silver nitrate testing of cargo holds for carriage of steel cargoes

American Club has noted that silver nitrate testing for the presence of sodium chloride (salt) in cargo holds prior to loading was an important practice to prevent claims for damage to steel cargoes. The Club emphasized that, as part of the standard pre-load survey for transporting steel cargoes, “vessel cargo hold tank tops, adjacent sides,…

New probe into 1994 sinking of the Estonia reveals construction flaws

Officials have said that a new investigation into the sinking of the ferry Estonia in the Baltic Sea in 1994, which claimed 852 lives, had revealed flaws in its bow visor construction that had been missed during its certification. They said that if the examination had been carried out the Estonia-registered ship would not have…

Marine accident round-up : 27th January 2023

General cargo ship Peak Skorpo (IMO 9190353) was reported to have run aground whilst navigating the Nakskov Fjord, Denmark on January 23rd. Claims company WK Webster understood that the local Authorities were controlling the response to this casualty. As of January 26th the vessel was underway again, travelling from Kaksov, Denmark (departed January 25th) to…

Two dead, nine missing after ship sinks off Japan

As many as 11 crew were feared dead after 9,484 dwt general cargo ship Jin Tian (IMO 9578713) sank in icy waters between South Korea and Japan early on Wednesday January 25th local time. Winds were fierce at the time, according to the Japanese Coast Guard said, adding that it continued to search for survivors….

Chinese freighter runs aground on Japanese coral reef

Chinese general cargo ship Xin Hai Zhou 2 (IMO 9507104) ran aground on a giant coral reef just off the Japanese island of Ishigaki, an outpost in Okinawa Prefecture that is located about 125nm east of Taiwan. The vessel became disabled early in the morning of January 24th local time and drifted aground between Ishigaki…

Bulk carrier suffers water ingress off Queensland coast

Australian authorities responded to a call for assistance from bulk carrier Frontier Unity (IMO 9604976) while it was anchored near a coal port in Queensland. The vessel’s captain reported water in the engine room up to seven metres. However, the vessel was said to be in no immediate danger of sinking. According to AIS data…

Smooth Sea 22 was not the ship it claimed to be

When Thai-flagged oil products tanker Smooth Sea 22 (IMO 9870991) suffered an explosion and a subsequent fire on January 17th, few realized that the event would expose a case of potential ship-identity fraud. On January 24th the International Maritime Organization was reported to have declared the ship’s IMO number to be non-valid after it emerged…

French authorities hunt for source of plastic pellet spill

Environmental authorities in France are reported to be concerned at a wave of plastic nurdles that have been washing up on the shores of Brittany. The source vessel is unknown, but local and national officials have asked prosecutors to try to hunt down the party responsible. The spill off the coast of Brittany is not…