Accident round-up : 16th February 2017

Container ship Pollux spilled 100 litres of hydraulic oil into the waters of container port Gavle, Sweden after a hydraulic hose broke. The crew stopped the oil transfer but not before oil leaked into the water. There was ice in the basin, preventing the installation of oil booms. As a result, oily water spread to other berths. Pollux is 14,669dwt and 9,983grt. According to database claims leader for Pollux Hull & Machinery and Loss of Hire is Gard AS.

Super yacht Calypso experienced flooding of the engine room after a steering gear failure in the North Sea some 30nm off Vlieland, Netherlands. Calypso had 14 people on board at the time. Strong winds and heavy seas pushed the yacht out of the fairway, causing a danger of sinking. Salvage tug Simon Smit arrived and evacuated non-essential personnel. The boat was then towed to Harlingen for repairs and special inspection. The local authorities ordered a safety inspection before Calypso could be permitted to return to service. There were no reported injuries or water pollution. Calypso is 1,149grt. No details on vessel in P&I databases.

Fire broke out in the superstructure of woodchips carrier Iris Express while it was docked at Cai Lan port, Hai Phong, Vietnam, on the evening of February 14th local time. The fire was extinguished, but the extent of damage is as yet unknown. According to database, Iris Express is covered by North P&I through member Iris Express SA.