Energy Annabelle still detained

Scrapped cargo ship Energy Annabelle (IMO 7721263), which ran aground on Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth a year ago was still being detained by authorities as of December 18th and remained tied to the Cross Roads salvage buoy belonging to Falmouth Harbour.

The vessel, then called the Kuzma Minin, had to be towed to safety after grounding off Falmouth. She has been tied to the buoy in the Carrick Roads, Falmouth, since December 24th 2018. The ship was detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) after a number of defects were found. It has since been sold for scrap, at which point she was renamed, but was not considered seaworthy.

By late December 2019 there were still six deficiencies that were grounds for continued detention, according to the MCA. Apart from issues with safety equipment, the radio and the gyro compass, work was still going on to make the ship watertight after damage to its hull caused during the grounding.

The MCA said the ship remained under Port State Control detention. The current owners of the vessel have declared their intention to remove the vessel to Turkey for scrapping. The Environment Agency has placed a prohibition order, pending completion of the correct application and licence, to export the vessel as hazardous waste.

Meanwhile, a number of companies made claims against Murmansk Shipping Company, including the salvors, a Russian bank and a bunkering organisation that said it was owed more than £304,000 for fuel. After claims were taken to the Admiralty court last year the sale of the ship was ordered. A Singapore-based company bought it for just over $1m last March 20th.

The new owners have employed a local boat owner to inspect the ship for safety and carry out regular checks that the mooring was secure. The crew of 18 was repatriated to Russia after the ship was detained. The MCA was continuing to liaise with the owner’s representative and was currently waiting to receive a survey report on necessary hull repairs and issue of acceptable certification from the vessel’s flag state. On August 1st a Marine Accident investigation Branch report was published which found that the ship had not been insured.

1980-built, 16,257 gt Energy Annabelle is recorded as being owned and managed by Compass Energy Pte Ltd of Singapore.