Incident in Gulf of Aden with hazardous goods carrier

W E Cox Claims Group has reported an incident involving general cargo ship Bow Diamond (IMO 9210323), a hazardous goods carrier (IMN August 6th 2019). The vessel encountered very heavy weather in the Gulf of Aden during a laden voyage from China to Europe, via India. Containers of Class 1.1D explosives collided with each other in Hold No 1 after lashings broke during the storm. Seventeen containers were damaged and significant quantity of TNT was spilled within the hold. The vessel sought refuge in Ain Sokhna, Egypt where she remains berthed. Five Oceans Salvage were contracted by the owners on July 19th, initially under a Wreckhire contract, to assess the situation and formulate an action plan. It was considered to be a very complex operation and a Lloyd’s Open Form was signed, effective 29th July for the continuation of Salvage services. A salvage team including 11 hazmat/explosives experts has been mobilized to assist the vessel, with the intention of offloading the containers for inspection, transferring the contents of those found to be damaged into sound containers, and then cleaning up the spillage from inside the hold and boxes (explosive waste).

2001-built, Gibraltar-flagged, 6,204 gt Bow Diamond is owned by Bow Shipmanagement UG care of Held Bereederungs GmbH of Haren (Ems), Germany. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Hamburg Business Unit) on behalf of Bow Shipmanagement UG).