Accident round-up : 6th December 2016

UK authorities were set to decide yesterday what to do with the bulker V Due which caught fire off the northern Welsh coast last week. A 500 metre exclusion zone has been set up around the vessel. Salvors have compiled a plan to get the ship to port and remove the cargo, although it has not yet been agreed on the destination port. No pollution has been reported. The vessel, managed by Switzerland-based SeaQuest Shipmanagement, is covered by Skuld through business unit Skuld Oslo 1 via Member Visentini Giovanni Trasporti.

Product tanker FT Foce collided at low speed with moored LPG tanker Happy Eagle at Ceuta, Spain, during manoeuvring of FT Foce while leaving port. The vessel lost propulsion power after an engine failure, subsequently hitting with her bow the stern of Happy Eagle. Both ships remained afloat, suffering only minor dents, damaged railings and small breaches above the waterline. FT Foce was secured by harbour tugs and berthed for repairs and safety inspection. Happy Eagle was inspected and released to resume cargo handling operations.

FT Foce is 6,090dwt and 3,999grt. According to database, FT Foce is covered by Steamship Mutual through Member FT Foce Tankers Ltd.

Happy Eagle is 4,512dwt and 3,733grt. According to database Happy Eagle is covered by Gard through claims leader Gard AS (Hull & Machinery) via client

Naviera Ultranav Limitada.

Feeder container ship Hanni ran aground on the Elbe River near Muhlenberg, Germany, having lost propulsion power shortly after leaving Hamburg. Two tugs failed in an attempt to tow Hanni to a safe depth. Salvage operations were delayed until high tide, after which a safety inspection would be required. No injuries or water pollution occurred

Hanni is 6,867dwt and 5,056grt. The owner and operator of the feeder Hanni is German operator Ohle Reederei. No details of insurer found on P&I databases.

General cargo vessel Daan hit the Northern Lock gate in Brunbuettel while leaving the Kiel Canal on the morning of December 5th, after suffering engine trouble. The vessel’s bow suffered visible damage including a torn bulwark. The lock gate also suffered significant damage. The vessel is en route from Szczecin to St. Malo. No detail of insurer found on P&I databases.

General cargo vessel Bellatrix, bound for Cyprus, ran aground while leaving Eysk port, Russia, Azov Sea, on the morning of December 4th. Tugs helped it refloat.