Marine accident round-up : 16th February 2018

Crude oil tanker Zaliv Amurskiy (IMO 9354313) suffered a steering gear failure and ran aground at the 41 km mark on the afternoon of February 13th during her transit of the Suez Canal. Six vessels in the northbound convoy had to wait about a day to move on. The vessel was the 19th ship in a northbound convoy of 25 vessels. A tug refloated the ship during the afternoon of February 14th and towed her to Port Said. There were no reports of damage to the ship. As of morning of February 15th the vessel was still in Suez Canal. 2008-built, Liberia-flagged, 60,178 gt Zaliv Amurskiy is owned by Buxus Seaway Ltd care of manager SCF Management Services Dubai of Dubai, UAE. It is entered with North of England P&I on behalf of Buxus Seaway Ltd.

The US Coast Guard assisted and transported an injured man aboard anchored bulk carrier Ergina Luck (IMO 9207443) at the Astoria anchorage on the Columbia River, early on February 12th. A contracted workman had fallen into a bilge while installing a recirculation system. The man reportedly injured both his legs and back and was unable to walk. 11 members of the Clatsop County high-angle rescue team were used to assist and transport the man to emergency medical services. The injured man was a US citizen and was employed by Portland, Oregon-based Degesch America. The condition of the injured man is not yet being reported. As of February 15th the vessel was still at anchor in Astoria. 1999-built, Liberia-flagged, 38,530 gt Ergina Luck is owned by Ergina Shipping Ltd care of manager Eurobulk Ltd, of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Standard Club (Mediterranean & Middle East Division, on behalf of Ergina Shipping Ltd.

Icebreaker Amundsen (IMO 7510846) suffered a crankcase explosion on its main engine No 4 near Quebec during the morning of February 10th. The vessel had sailed from Quebec on February 9th and resumed its voyage using the five remaining engines. One minor injury was reported. On the morning of February 15th the ship berthed at Gros Cacouna. 1979-built, Canada-flagged, 5,910 gt Amundsen is owned by Canada Govt Fisheries & Oceans and managed by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Vehicle carrier Sea Patris (IMO 8415794) was allowed to leave the port of Zeebrugge on February 14th. The ship was seized at the end of January because the salaries of the 23 crew members allegedly had not been paid for months and because of safety failures. Wages have since been paid and the ship has been re-inspected. As of midday February 15th local time the vessel was still moored in Zeebrugge. 1985-built, Panama-flagged, 36,201 gt Sea Patris is owned by Sea Patris Shipping SA are of manager Mediterranean Car-Carriers Line SA (MCCL) of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Sea Patris Shipping SA.

Container ship MOL Prestige (IMO 9321029) was safely moored at the port of Seattle during the afternoon February 11th. So far there has been no word on the extent of damages to the vessel, and an investigation was expected to take place upon its arrival in Seattle to determine whether all the cargo should be discharged. The vessel still only had emergency backup power.

An engine fire caused damage to the drifting containership late in January. She had suffered an engine fire on board which caused it to lose propulsion.

2006-built, Singapore-flagged, 71,902 gt, 6,350 teu MOL Prestige is owned by IS Container Pte Ltd of Singapore. Commercial manager is Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd of Tokyo, Japan. ISM manager is Bernhard Schulte-CHR of Shanghai, China. It is entered with Japan Club (Singapore office in charge).

Bulk carrier Energy Prosperity (IMO 9186924 lost power and went adrift during the morning of February 9th while en route from Muara Berau, Indonesia, to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Subsequently the vessel was towed to Kaohsiung port, arriving on February 12th at 11.40 a.m.. The vessel was expected to sail again on Feb 18. 1998-built, Panama-flagged, 43,022 gt Energy Prosperity is owned and managed by Fiorenza Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is Karya Sumber Energy PT of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is entered with American Club on behalf of Fiorenza Pte Ltd.

About 30% of the cargo on board general cargo ship Confident (IMO 8625076) was discharged at Ulsan, South Korea, on February 13th in order to stabilize the vessel. The vessel was reportedly arrested by the courts and therefore could not sail for the destined discharge port of Gunsan, Korea. She was currently berthed at the premises of the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Ulsan, Korea without any sailing schedule. She remained there as of the evening of February 15th local time. 1985-built, Sierra Leone-flagged, 2,660 gt Confident is owned by Sky Pacific Ltd care of manager Price Co Ltd of Vladivostok, Russia.

General cargo ship Alsterdiep (IMO 9472000) suffered a fault in her main engine and an oil leak from the gearbox, going adrift in the early evening of February 12th local time, while en route from Velsen, Netherlands, to Bridport, UK, with a crew of 10 on board. The vessel had 3,386 tonnes of coal on board. Later that evening  the trouble was fixed and the ship resumed her voyage. Berthing in Newport early on February 14th. 2008-built, Cyprus-flagged, 2,984 gt Alsterdiep is owned by Noufaro Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Mastermind Shipping Co Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group Piraeus H1) on behalf of Noufaro Shipping Co Ltd.