Accident round-up : 13th October 2016

Cement carrier Cemstar ran aground on the island of Hugla, which is about halfway between Trondheim and Bodo, Norway, early on the morning of October 12th, while sailing from Trondheim to Kjopsvik. The grounding site bottom is mostly sand.

No leaks, water ingress, or breaches have been reported, but the vessel seems to be hard aground.

Russia-flagged floating crane ASPTR-1 sank in the Black Sea some 1.5nm off Livadiya village, Yalta, Crimea, early on the morning of October 12th. The crane was being towed at the time by tugs Mercury and Derzkiy from Gurzuf Crimea, to Sevastopol Crimea. It began to leak in adverse weather, finally sinking at 03.00 Moscow time October 12th. Five crew were rescued by tug Derzkiy, but three crew went missing and have not yet been found. The crane is owned by State Agency Rosmorrechflot.

General cargo vessel BBC Colorado issued a distress signal on October 6th, reporting engine failure in stormy weather in the North Pacific, south of Aleutian Islands, while en route from Shanghai to Portland.

Offshore tug Resolve Pioneer was sent to help. Taking the freighter in tow on October 9th. As of the evening of October 11th, the convoy of BBC Colorado, the tug

Resolve Pioneer, and Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, was proceeding towards the US coast at a speed of some 6 knots, about 1000nm southwest of Juan de Fuca Strait.