Marine accident round-up : 13th July 2017

Sailings of passenger ship Balmoral (IMO 5034927) from North Wales and Whitehaven to the Isle of Man have been cancelled after the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency told the ship’s operator that crossings with passengers between the UK and Isle of Man must not take place, reports Vessel Tracker. 1949-built, UK-flagged, 735 gt Balmoral is owned and managed by Waverley Steam navigation of Glasgow, Scotland. ISM manager is Seaspan Shipping of the same city. No details of P&I found in databases.

Containership Kea Trader (IMO 9701281) ran onto the Durand reefs shortly after midnight on July 12th, while en route from Papeete to Noumea. The vessel was about 50m south east of the island of Maré in the Loyauté archipelago, New Caledonia, when the incident occurred. No pollution was seen and the crew of 18 remained on board. The shipowner has been asked to present a plan for salvage. 2017-built, Malta-flagged, 25,145 gt Kea Trader is owned by Kea Trader GmbH of Bremen, Germany, and managed by Lomar Deutschland GmbH of the same address. ISM manager is Columbia Shipmanagement of Hamburg. It is entered with Skuld on behalf of member Lomar Shipping Ltd. Hull and Machinery is placed with Norwegian Hull Club.