Accident round-up : 13th April 2017

General cargo ship Onego Merchant (IMO: 9238363) allided with a lock at the Port of Emden as it was manoeuvring to depart. Onego Merchant suffered only slight damages and continued its voyage to Hawkesbury. The lock was damaged and was closed to shipping temporarily for repairs. The masonry and the light signal system were broken, but the major concern was whether there was structural damage to the lock itself. Divers will make an inspection before it can be opened again for shipping. No injuries or pollution reported. Onego Merchant is 8,930 dwt and 6,301 grt. According to database, Onego Merchant is entered with North P&I for senior member Noord Nederlandsche P&I Club.

Six sailings of New Zealand inter-island ferry Kaiarahi (IMO: 9147291) were cancelled due to a lifeboat fault. Three return sailings from Wellington had to be called off while repairs were undertaken. The fault was found during routine maintenance on April 11th, 2017. No details of insurance for vessel in P&I databases.

Trawler Katsheshuk II (IMO: 9127174) had to be towed back to pier 9 of St John’s Harbour, Newfoundland, after it experienced problems preparing to depart on the afternoon of April 11th 2017. St John’s Port Authority manager of marine operations and harbour master Melissa Williams told local press that engineers and technicians were currently on board in an attempt to establish what had gone wrong. Initial reports suggested that Katsheshuk II had struck Newfoundland Victor (IMO: 9787223), a new shrimping vessel owned and operated by Newfound Resources Ltd. Ms Williams could not confirm whether or not there was any contact between the two ships. There were no injuries. According to database, both Canada-flagged Katsheshuk II and Canada-flagged Newfoundland Victor are entered with Shipowners’ P&I Club, the former for Member Ocean Choice International and the latter for Member Samherji Island ehf.