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…

Standard Club warns on Bills of Lading Terms in Senegal

Standard Club has warned Members they should be aware that, for shipments of cargo to Senegal, carriers might be unable to rely on their bill of lading terms against the named consignee. The Club has been advised by its local correspondents that bill of lading terms would not automatically apply to local receivers, unless it…

More than 24m plastic granules washed up after MSC Zoe spill

More than 24m plastic granules are estimated to have been washed up in the eastern Wadden area following the MSC Zoe (IMO 9703318) container spill in early January. Research from the University of Groningen (UG) found that the North Sea beach of Dutch island Schiermonnikoog – with about 268 granules per square metre on average…

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…

Panama revokes registrations amid Iran sanction moves from US

Panama has revoked the registration of several Iranian vessels after last year’s restoration of US sanctions against Iran The Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP) has removed 59 Iranian-linked ships from its registry ShareAmerica, according to the US State Department. Last month Panama’s president Juan Carlos Varela issued a presidential decree giving the AMP permission to…

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…

Careful passage planning is of vital importance

UK Club has reported on the March 8th judgement from the English Admiralty Court (Alize 1954 & CMA CGM Sa V Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG And Others [2019] EWHC 481 (Admlty)) which the Club said highlighted “the utmost importance of careful passage planning by navigational officers on board vessels”. IMN covered this case on March…

Nigerian pirates kidnap five, says IMB

According to the ICC IMB’s Piracy Report, Nigerian pirates kidnapped five crewmembers from an OSV in the Gulf of Guinea over the weekend of March 9th/10th, despite the efforts of a security escort vessel. After an active firefight between the escort and the attackers, pirates boarded the unnamed target vessel, ransacked its cabins and made…

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…

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