Marine accident round-up : 13th February 2018

General cargo vessel Dojun Brave (IMO 9408097) ran aground while leaving Hiroshima Metal & Machinery Wharf in Kure Port, Japan, during the evening of February 4th. The vessel refloated under her own power a couple of hours later, but remained in Kure. As of the evening of February 12th, local time, the vessel was at port in Busan. 2007-built, Republic of Korea-flagged, 1,993 gt Dojun Brave is owned by Dojun Shipping and managed by Shinsung Shipping Co Ltd, both of Seoul, South Korea. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (Eastern Syndicate) on behalf of Dojun Shipping Co Ltd.

Passenger/cargo RoRo Asterion (IMO 9349760 had a starboard main engine cooling system malfunction in the Gulf of Patras while bound from Patras, Greece, to Igoumenitsa, Greece, with 56 crew members and 45 passengers on board. The ferry returned to Patras on one engine, where it safely disembarked its passengers and their vehicles. The Patras port authority banned the vessel from sailing until the engine was repaired and a class certificate of seaworthiness was issued. The passengers were forwarded to their destinations on another vessel. As of the afternoon of February 12th local time the vessel was once again underway, from Patra to Piraeus. 2007-built, Greece-flagged, 27,414 gt Asterion is owned and managed by Anek Lines SA of Chania, Greece. ISM manager is Blue Star Ferries Naftiliaki of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Stena RoRo Navigation Ltd.

Passenger /cargo RoRo high-speed craft Express 2 (IMO 9561356) had to return to Aarhus, Denmark during the afternoon of February 8th, interrupting its voyage to Sjællands Odde, due to a fire in one of the engine rooms. The ship was dead in the water for about 10 minutes before passengers were advised that the situation was under control, but the ferry would return to Aarhus where the sealed engine room would be opened to see what had happened. It transpired that the damage was significant; the ferry had to stay in port for repairs as a result. As of the morning of February 12th local time the vessel remained in Aarhus. 2013-built, Denmark-flagged, 10,500 gt Express 2 is owned by Adriatic Fast Ferries Ltd and managed by Mols-Linjen AS of Aarhus, Denmark. It is entered with Skuld on behalf of Mols Linjen AS. It is entered with Gard AS for Hull & Machinery and Loss of Hire.

Crude oil tanker Sea Bay (IMO 9439539) ran onto a sandbank 8km off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium, before dawn on February 9th, following an engine black out with subsequent loss of power. She was en route from the Hound Point Terminal UK to Antwerp with a cargo of crude oil. Four tugboats refloated the vessel during the following high tide. She was towed further outside the fairway off Ostend for investigations. No structural damage has been detected on the tanker. Shipping was diverted locally, but there were no delays. At noon the technical problems have been resolved and the Common Nautical Authority (GNA) gave the ship permission to continue its course to Antwerp. 2009-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 60,193 gt Sea Bay is owned by Golden Hope Inc care of manager Frontline Management AS of Oslo, Norway. ISM manager is Seateam Management Pte ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Skuld on behalf of Golden Hope Inc (Sea Bay). It is entered with Gard AS for Loss of Hire and Hull and Machinery on behalf of Seatankers management Co Ltd.

A stash of 42 kilos of pure cocaine, packed in two suitcases, was found attached to the underwater hull of containership Cautin (IMO 9687538) by Mexican divers at Lazaro Cardenas. She arrived at Lazaro Cardenasrom Colombia on February 6th. No suspicion was attached to vessel or crew. She was taken to an anchorage early on February 8th, then left for her next port of call, Manzanillo, scheduled to arrive on February 9th. As of the morning of February 12th local time the vessel was underway from Manzanillo to Ensenada, Mexico. 2014-built, Liberia-flagged, 93,685 gt Cautin is owned by Hull 2083 Co Ltd care of manager Compania SudAmericana de Vapores SA (CSAV) of Valparaiso, Chile. ISM manager is Anglo-Eastern Germany GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of registered owner Hapag-Lloyd AG. It is entered with Gard for Hull & Machinery on behalf of Hapag Lloyd AG.

The upper deck of fishing vessel Kamchatskiy Losos (IMO 8888721) caught fire in dock 2 of the Murmansk Shipyard of the Navy in Murmansk during the afternoon of February 10th. The fire spread about 80 sq metres, but no one was injured. No ownership or insurance details available on 1994-built, Russia-flagged, 779 gt Kamchatskiy Losos.

The owner of fishing vessel Playa Pesmar Uno (IMO 9281877), which was arrested on February 4th by a Coast Guard from the Argentine Naval Prefecture (PNA), has acknowledged that the vessel fished for a few hours within the exclusive economic zone of Argentina. The ship remained moored in the port of Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, waiting for the National Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture to issue a sanction.

The owner maintained that the 0.4 mile error was the result of a fault in one of the three GPS on board. The Argentine authorities verified in Comodoro Rivadavia that one of the three GPS was faulty, while the other two coincided. They indicated that the positioning systems of the ship were tested in that . The owner will say that there was no “bad faith”, so as to reach an agreement with the Under- secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Nation that intervenes in the case without the confiscation of the 320 tonnes that the Playa Pesmar Uno had on board. The company will need to prove no bad faith and that the majority of the catch was from international waters.

The fine could range from around €200,000 to €400,000. The president of the Cooperative Fisheries Shipowners Puerto de Vigo (ARVI) said that there was a clear understanding between the shipowner and the Argentine authorities, indicating that the fine might be nearer the lower end. 2003-built, Spain-flagged, 1,484 gt Playa Pesmar Uno is entered with British Marine.