Accident round-up: 10th January 2017

Singapore’s MPA has reported good progress in cleaning up an oil spill after Wan Hai 301 and APL Denver collided January 3 just before midnight off Pasir Gudang Port, Johor Malaysia, resulting in the release of approximately 300 tonnes of bunker fuel from the APL Denver. Much of the oil is believed to have drifted into Singapore waters. The MPA said on Friday that clean-up operations were continuing at the Changi Point Ferry Terminal, the fish farms in the Nenas Channel, and at popular camping location Noordin beach.

Oil spill response vessels, containment booms, harbour busters, skimmers and absorbent booms and pads have been deployed. The two shipowners are said to have paid a $223,000 bond to help pay for the clean-up. Port operations are unaffected.

According to database Wan Hai 301 is covered by UK P&I Club through Member Wan Hai Lines (Singapore) Pte Ltd. APL Denver is covered by Gard through client

Rickmers Reederei Gmbh & Cie. Freight interest has Gard AS as claims leader. Hull & Machinery has HDI Gerling Industrie as claims leader.

Unladen bunkering tanker Arca 1 ran aground off Little Pond, Nova Scotia on Sunday morning after her main engine failed, while en route from Cap-aux-Meules to Sydney, Canada, on her way to Mexico. The six crew members were rescued and the hull was not seriously damaged. The tanker had 15 tons of fuel oil on board. A storm has pushed the vessel closer to shore. The tanker is operated by Mexican company Petroil Marine. No details of vessel in P&I databases.

A large fire has broken out at Pakistan’s Gadani shipbreaking yard on the same LPG carrier which caught fire after an explosion last month. More than 100 workers were on the vessel when the fire broke out, and there are reports of three deaths. In November 2016 a fire broke out on an FSO at Gadani, killing at least 26 people, with many more missing.

Seven people were injured early on Sunday morning when a cargo ship rammed leisure vessel Harshitha 55nm off Kochi, India. The fishermen had anchored the boat, Harshitha, at sea and were rod fishing when their vessel was hit and then dragged by the unnamed and unidentified cargo ship, which left the scene without changing speed. No details of vessel in P&I databases.

A nearby fishing boat was able to rescue the fishermen before the boat capsized. All have been taken to hospital, three with serious injuries.

Russian diving vessel Uglich has initiated a survey of the grounded tanker Araks (IMN, November 28th 2016, MMSI 671553000) in the Caspian Sea in Karakiya district, Kazakhstan. The divers will inspect the underwater condition of the hull and will consider the removal of the wreck from the shallows. The grounded tanker Araks is considered a threat to the marine environment. On board are more than 550t of oil products, waste oil, bilge water and contaminated soil. After almost two months being stuck into the shallow, the Marine Rescue Service Rosmorrechflot initiated the salvage operation and dispatched the diving vessel Uglich to inspect the underwater condition of the tanker. Refloating is being considered. Reefer crude carrier Araks (IMO: 8909862) is owned and operated by the Russian shipping company Trans-Caspian, which is headquartered in Makhachkala. It is 617grt.