Accident Round Up : 31st October 2016

Passenger Ro-Ro Ferry Strand (IMO 8112639) caught fire while docked in Rubberstadneset, southern Norway. Diesel fuel on board caught fire, causing thick smoke to cover the whole terminal. More than 430 people from the facility had to be evacuated. Some six hours later the flames were brought under controly and were extinguished shortly afterwards.

One person from the Strand was reported missing. Strand is 446 DWT and 1,479 GRT. Norway flagged Strand apparently covered by Skuld through Member Norled AS.

Russian fishing trawler Almak (IMO: 9214410) ran aground at Tomasjordnes in Tromso, Norway, apparently caused by human error. The vessel was later refloated with assistance of a harbour tug before being anchored pending an  investigation. No injuries or pollution were reported. The vessel is 358 DWT and  856 GRT. No details of cover found in &I Club databases.

VLCC Australis (IMO 9284946) collided with Chinese fishing vessel Zhelingyou 91002 on October 28th in the East China Sea, south of Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, en route from Ningbo to Singapore. The fishing vessel reportedly sank, with six crew falling overboard and going missing. A large-scale search-and-rescue is under way. Australis initially continued its southbound journey, but then turned

back. As of the afternoon of October 29th it was sailing towards Wenzhou, where it will be anchored pending an investigation. Greece-flagged Australis covered with UK P&I through London Syndicate 2

Russian freighter Alaed (IMO 9574999) suffered engine failure on the afternoon of October 27th, while entering Kiel Holtenau lock. The engine was restarted and the vessel berthed, but there was some damage to the lock. Alaed was soon allowed to resume its journey from Suez to Liepaja, Latvia. No details of cover found in &I Club databases.

Cargo ship Su Jia Hang 1 was blown ashore by Typhoon Haima near Shantou City, China. The vessel had been anchored in Guangao Bay in South China Sea, but strong winds and heavy seas caused a dragging of the anchor. The vessel was blown ashore and stuck at the rocky shallows. The crew had requested evacuation before the grounding of the vessel. The ship suffered damages to the hull during grounding. Salvage could be a complex operation as the vessel is hard aground, and refloating might cause serious problems for the seaworthiness of the ship. No breach of oil tanks or water pollution are reported.