Accident round-up : 18th January 2017

Capesize bulk carrier Cape Leonidas, which was inbound to the port of Hamburg on Tuesday, lost power and as a result blocked traffic in the Elbe River. The 292-metre vessel, en route from Narvik, Norway with a cargo of coal, suffered “engine damage” at about 4 am UTC and was adrift for about a half hour before tugs arrived to provide assistance. Shipping traffic on the Elbe was blocked for several hours. According to database Cape Leonidas is covered by UK P&I Club via member Cape Leonidas Ltd.

An electrical fire broke out on 57,280grt vehicle carrier Alliance St Louis on January 16th some 150m south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana. The crew succeeded in extinguishing the fire, but since then the Alliance St Louis has been disabled and on back-up power, awaiting a tug to tow it to Port Arthur, Texas. According to database Alliance St Louis claims leader is Norwegian Hull Club for Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. Also covered by Gard and Swedish Clubs, though not as lead insurers.

Russian fishing trawler Ossora caught fire on the night of January 16th local time at the ship repair yard Dalzavod in Vladivostok. The fire was caused by a short circuit on the bridge, which caused flames to spread to the superstructure.

Six fire trucks attended the scene and put out the fire completely within four hours. No injuries or pollution were reported.