Accident round-up : 12th May 2017

CMA CGM Centaurus (IMO: 9410777), the 2011-built 11,356 TEU containership (131,332 gt) involved in the May 4th crane crash at the Dubai DP World Jebel Ali terminal, is now en route to Asia. The French container line told Splash that the Centaurus came into contact with the quay wall during manoeuvres when being assisted by a pilot and two tugboats. That caused a gantry crane to collapse onto the quay, just missing a populated office building, and causing minor injuries to 10 people. No crewmembers were hurt and the damage to the ship was temporarily repaired, permitting Centaurus to continue its journey. According to database, Centaurus is entered with North of England P&I on behalf of senior member and registered owner Alize 1996, of Marseille, France. According to Gard web site, Hull and Machinery and Hull Interest are led by Norwegian Hull Club, with Gard having a subscription on the slip. However, CMA CGM Centaurus does not appear on the Norwegian Hull Club list of claims leads.

Cruise ships Quantum of the Seas (IMO: 9549463) and Costa Serena (IMO: 9343132) had to halt their approach to the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal on May 11th after 37 containers loaded with waste paper scrap fell into the Yangtze River from the deck of cargo m/v Shungang 19 the night before, blocking the waterway. The two cruise ships had some 13,000 passengers on board. The Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration dispatched 11 salvage ships, six tugs and 11 patrol boats to search, position and salvage the containers from the river, but in the meantime the cruise ships are temporarily at anchor a couple of kilometres away.

According to database, Quantum of the Seas is entered with UK P&I on behalf of member Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd of Miami, Florida.

Costa Serena is entered with Steamship Mutual, Gard and UK P&I; all three on behalf of member and registered owner Costa Crociere SpA.

No details of Shungang 19 found in databases.

One person was seriously injured and two others suffered minor injuries after a helicopter dropped into the sea as with was coming into land on $30m superyacht Bacarella (IMO 9559755) at Elsesro off Sandviken in Bergen, Norway on the evening of May 10th. The helicopter rotor hit the top deck as it was landing, pushing the aircraft into the sea, according to local reports. The immediate response of lifeboat Bjarne Kyrkjebø, which coincidentally was nearby on a towing mission, probably saved the lives of the injured, who were thought to consist of the pilot and the owners of the yacht, who had flown from Shetland, refuelling en route. The helicopter wreckage, floating upside-down, was secured and towed to Bontelabo. No details of vessel insurance found in databases.

A crane collapsed onto Falmouth Docks on the morning of May 10th, leading to an evacuation. It nearly struck RFA Tidespring (IMO 9655535), falling onto 10 acetylene cylinders. A 200m exclusion zone was set up over fears that the cylinders could explode. The cordon was lifted at 13:00 the same day.

Panamax bulk carrier Lyric Poet (IMO: 9590577) has been refloated and is now under way at full speed to Guangzhou, China. Lyric Poet ran aground on March 24th. According to database, 2012-built Lyric Poet, 44,203 gt, is entered with London P&I on behalf of registered owner Reward Enterprises Ltd of Athens, Greece.

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