Accident round-up : 2nd May 2017

Tug Monte Da Luz (IMO 9710153) lost towed construction barge Agronauta on the afternoon of April 28th in the Balearic Sea on a coast near Benalmadena, Malaga, Spain. In stormy conditions tugs from Malaga were unable to refloat the barge. According to database, 2013-built Monte Da Luz (495gt) is entered with Carina on behalf of insured Reboques & Assistencia Naval SA.

The Master of bulk carrier Ormi (IMO 9397200) died suddenly on board late on April 27th while the vessel was en route from Kherson Ukraine to Ravenna Italy, via Piraeus. The vessel was in Greek waters and the crew informed Greek port authorities. Ormi was brought to anchor off Neapolis early on April 28th, where she remains at anchor, with legal procedures under way. According to database, 2006-built Ormi (10,299gt) is insured for P&I with Navigators.

A floating dry dock holding Norwegian tanker Hordafor V, (IMO 9148843) (formerly Crystal Water) capsized on the afternoon of April 27th at Nauta Shipyard in Gdynia, Poland. The shipyard said that the dry dock began listing at about 13:30 local time on Thursday and came to rest practically on its side at a depth of about 10 metres. Hordafor AS operates in the aquaculture market. There were personnel on board at the time, but everyone reportedly escaped uninjured. Pollution prevention equipment was deployed. According to database, the 1997-built Hordafor V (1,655gt) is entered with Skuld on behalf of owner Hordafor AS.

A disabled tug and barge were in danger of running aground on Galveston Island (as of April 29th) in the US after integrated tug OSG Independence (IMO 7906849), and its barge, OSG 243, contacted the US Coast Guard to report that the tug had separated from its cargo-less barge in heavy seas off the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier, while dragging both anchors. The crew worked to connect an emergency tow line; however, this went under the tug and fouled their starboard propeller. Tug Thor arrived on scene later in the afternoon to help. Thor’s crew gained control of the adrift barge during Saturday evening and began towing them away from shore. The USCG, G & H Towing and T & T Marine Salvage were working at the scene with the

help of tugs Deacon, Captain and the Holt T. No injuries or pollution was reported. According to database OSG Independence (709gt) is entered with UK P&I Club on behalf of Member OSG Independence LLC.

Inland motor freighter Siguenza suffered water ingress on the evening of April 28th and went down by the bow on the Rhine. The ship was moored in Mannheim and some 10 tons water had to be pumped out by fire boat Metropolregion. Siguenza’s crew of two were uninjured. The ship was very deep in the water with a cargo of 1,200 tons of fertilizer causing the swell to pour into the foreship through the openings of the anchor chains and through a hole in which a flag mast should have been but which had been removed some months ago. Other doors and hatches were found not to have been properly sealed. The Mannheim police have launched an investigation against the 45-year old master for a small oil spill caused by the incident. On April 29th the ship was allowed to continue its voyage from Antwerp to Strasbourg. No details of vessel insurance in databases.