Accident round-up : 8th December 2016

A passenger ship carrying more than 60 passengers sank while en route to Socotra island in the Indian Ocean from Hadramout province in mainland Yemen. Rescue teams reportedly pulled at least five passengers from the vessel. Yemeni fisheries minister Fahad Kaffen appealed to the Saudi-led Arab alliance, which maintains a naval presence in the area, to help with search and rescue efforts. Socotra and Hadramout province are under the control of the Yemeni government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which is locked in a war with Iran-aligned Houthis, who control most of northern Yemen.

General cargo vessel Sea Ems, en route from Howdendyke to Limerick, hit difficulties on the morning of December 7th in the English Channel, south of Fowey. It began to drift an was taken on tow by tug SD Mars at around 15.00 local time. Last reported heading towards Fowey at a speed of about 4 to 5 knots. No details of vessel found in P&I databases.