Marine accident round-up : 14th September 2018

Salvors were having a difficult time in trying to refloat the grounded Chang Long 68 (IMO 8793744), which was resting on a reef in shallow waters of Kaohsiung port, Taiwan. Authorities requested the shipowner and the salvage team to finalize and submit their plan to remove the vessel by September 14th.

Chang Long was one of eight ships that were grounded by a tropical storm that struck Taiwan during the morning of August 23rd. 2005-built, Panama-flagged, 2,981 gt Chang Long 68 is owned and managed by Shantou Shunhai Shipping Co Ltd of Hong Kong, China.

General cargo ship Feofan Shokhirev (IMO 9094157) allided with anchored general cargo ship Volgo Don 5088 (IMO 8866632) on the River Don in the area of Azov Port, Russia, while proceeding upstream on September 10th. Volgo Don 5088 suffered a breach in her hull and a cargo deck bloating of 1.5 metres diameter. Feofan Shokhirev sustained a bow dent. As of September 11th, both ships were moored at Azov port anchorage.

1988-built, Panama-flagged, 4,972 gt Feofan Shokhirev is owned by Saluta Shipping Ltd care of Black Sea Shipping Management of Odessa, Ukraine. Commercial manager is Kent Shipping & Chartering of Istanbul, Turkey. ISM manager is Sailtrade Denizcilik of Istanbul, Turkey.

1984-built, Russia-flagged, 3,958 gt Volgo-Don 5088 is owned and managed by Volga Shipping JSC of Novgorod, Russia. It is entered with Standard Club (London Class Division) on behalf of JSC Volga Shipping.

Fishing vessel Langenes (IMO 8520795) suffered water ingress on the evening of September 11th after a fire broke out in the engine room. Fire protection systems were activated and she was towed to shore by a Coastguard cutter. Four of the six remaining crew members were taken off by a rescue helicopter during the night and transported to a nearby rig, while two remained on board. Langenes (former name Granit) had just returned from a three-week stay at the Fiskerstrand Yard for classification works. The trawler will be towed to a yard in Ålesund. 1986-built, Norway-flagged, 1,345 gt Langenes is owned and managed by Engenes Fiskeriselskap AS of Valderoya, Norway. ISM manager is Nordic Wildfish AS of Valderoya, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Engenes Fiskeriselskap.

Service ship Hephaestus (IMO 6519326) which recently grounded at the coast of Qawra and was subsequently towed to the Cassar Ship Repair yard in Marsa, Malta, will not be repaired after her owners baulked at the cost. The ship will therefore either be sunk as a diving attraction or sold for scrap. It will take around two months to prepare the ship for sinking after the oil is cleaned off and other small changes are carried out to render it safe for divers. 1965 built, Togo-flagged, 595 gt Hephaestus is owned by Orbiter Navigation care of manager Volont Maritime SA of Siteia, Greece.