Marine accident round-up : 21st November 2018

Canadian Coast Guard ship Corporal McLaren (IMO 9586083) became partially submerged at Marine Engineering Ltd Shipyard in Sambroin Sambro, Nova Scotia during the night of November 16th  after falling from its secured cradle. Police investigating the incident have since confirmed vandalism as the most probable cause. Ray Gallant, vice-president of operations with Canadian Maritime Engineering,…

Liability to pay under marine cargo policy

Margaret E Campbell of Reed Smith has reported on a case in which the Commercial Court in London presided over by Justice Teare found that sanction limitation and exclusion clause did not permit insurers to avoid payment under a marine cargo policy in respect of a stolen cargo of steel billets. The policy was a…

US Navy officer could face questions in Norwegian frigate collision

The US Navy said that it expected one of its officers to be questioned as part of an investigation into the collision between Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad and oil tanker Sola TS earlier this month. The US Navy officer, who has not been identified, was on board the Norwegian navy frigate as part of a…

Wellington ferry skipper fined NZ$1,688 after grounding

Iain David Wilson, skipper of one of Wellington’s East by West ferries has been fined NZ$1,688 (US$1,159) after speeding and grounding passenger ferry City Cat, Maritime New Zealand has reported. Maritime NZ Central Region Compliance Manager Michael-Paul Abbott said that the ferry grounded on a rock at Karaka Bay at 17 knots in a 5…

Tanker remains a threat several months after fire disabled her

Chemical tanker Nu-Shi Nalini (IMO 9619608) was reported to remain a threat to ships off Kochi, Kerala, India, due to the possibility of volatile and highly inflammable cargo leaking. The vessel had 2,800 metric tonnes of naphtha, 20 tonnes of diesel and 40 tonnes of furnace oil on board when a blast in the engine…

Marine accident round-up : 20th November 2018

Cargo ship MSC Katyayni (IMO 9110389), which was operating between Piraeus, Greece and Yilport Port in Izmit, Turkey, allided with the dock of the Turkish port at the Yilport Gebze Terminal during a berthing manoeuvre on just after dawn on November 19th. A fuel tank was damaged and oil leaked into the port basin. Mare…

Fines for misdeclarations in Ukraine

Legal firm Lex Marine in Odessa has reminded members of Britannia Club and North of England Club that if ship’s stores were misdeclared in Ukraine, particularly in the port of Nikolayev, customs officers would seize the misdeclared stores and the ship would have to pay a fine. In cases where fuel amounts were declared improperly,…

“Largest waves in the world” hit Newfoundland

Workers on oil rig Hibernia 300km off Newfoundland reported waves on Thursday 15th November that were cresting higher than 25 metres. Docked vessels were battered and buildings on the coast of Newfoundland were under threat as an unusually early severe storm struck the island’s east coast on its way toward Europe and Africa. The tallest…

Liftboat in GoM listing and taking on water

Offshore support vessel Ram XVIII (IMO 9769453) lost power, began to list and take on water in the Gulf of Mexico, about 23nm west of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, on Sunday November 18th. The master of the 134ft liftboat reported that the vessel had a 45-degree list and no power, meaning that she could not herself…

Marine accident round-up : 19th November 2018

High-speed ferry T&T Spirit (IMO 9280897) has been sidelined in Port of Spain until November 17th at the earliest after weeks of mechanical problems, which have resulted in several delays and cancellations. The vessel has not sailed since developing mechanical issues on its journey from Tobago to Trinidad during the morning of November 12th. A…