Accident round-up : 27th April 2017

Fishing vessel Summer Dawn suffered water ingress in the North Sea during the evening of April 21st in Norwegian waters west of Haugesund in wave heights of 5 to 6 metres and a strong north-westerly wind. Patrol boat Andenes and a helicopter of the 330 squadron in Sola, arrived at the ship at 20:30 with additional dewatering pumps. After the addition of several dewatering pumps the situation was brought under control shortly before midnight.

The loading of iron ore at Brazil’s Itaguaí terminal has been halted since April 15th due to an accident, Reuters has reported, citing the Itaguaí Port Authority. Some capesize bulk carriers that were waiting to load iron ore at the terminal are being put back into the charter market, said a German shipping source, due to the impossibility of loading the product in Brazil. Mining and steel firm Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) confirmed the accident.

Small passenger ship Loreley Elegance ran aground on April 22nd on the River Rhine at Filsen in the Rhein-Lahn-municipality. The ship, which had no passengers on board at the time grazed the right river shore during a turning manoeuvre and hit bottom, damaging the rudder. The hull was breached at the stern with ensuing water ingress, which was controlled with the vessel’s own bilge pumps, permitting the master to take the vessel to a nearby ferry berth. On Apr 23 a tug took the Lorely Elegance to the Lux-Yard in Niederkassel-Mondorf, near Bonn for repairs.

A Sikorsky S92 helicopter made contact with the topsides of the Sevan Brasil SS86 drilling rig during a landing approach on April 15th. The pilot managed to make a controlled emergency landing, but the helicopter’s tail was damaged. There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew.” Energy Voice reported that the helicopter involved had been fully inspected earlier this year in accordance with two European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness directives.