Marine accident round-up : 13th March 2018

Container ship Kuo Chang (IMO 9172313) was struck by container ship He Bin (IMO 9187423) at Tai Chung, Taiwan, at around noon on March 9th while the latter was manoeuvring in port. He Bin had been caught by severe wind gusts after having arrived from Kaoshiung. She drifted against the port side of Kuo Chang, which suffered several damaged containers, three cargo bays and a ladder. He Bin in turn was damaged at its port side stern. 1999-built, China-flagged, 9,030 gt He Bin is owned and managed by Zhoushan Hefeng Shipping Co of Zhejiang, China. ISM manager is Zhoushan Hehe International Shipment. It is entered with West of England Club on behalf of Zhoushan Hefeng Shipping Co.

1999-built, Taiwan-flagged, 15,095 gt Kuo Chang is owned by Coastal Navigation Co Ltd care of manager Cheng Lie Navigation Co Ltd (CNC Line) of Taipei City, Taiwan. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Coastal Navigation Co Ltd.

The insurers of containership Akacia (IMO 9315020, IMN February 22nd 2018) have reportedly paid a security deposit of €8.6m, permitting the vessel to be released from arrest in Kiel on March 5th. The vessel struck the Great Northern Lock of the Kiel Canal in Kiel-Holtenau late on February 19th while en route from Bremerhaven to St Petersburg. A technical failure of the engine control was thought to have caused the accident. The ship partially severed the gate with its bow, which rested on the gate, and the ship subsequently suffered water ingress at the fore. The gate was found to be closed and the ship trapped within, with damage estimated at several million Euro. The ship was to be towed to Hamburg on March 6th where the container cargo would be unloaded before the ship is repaired. The vessel made an overnight stop on March 7th in the port of Rendsburg, Germany, while en route to Hamburg. On the morning of March 9th two tugs pulled the ship into Norderyard, where it docked. 2004-built, Portugal-flagged, 11,662 Akacia is owned by Akacia Schiffahrts of Burg (Dithmarschen), Germany. It is managed by DT-Bereederungs GmbH & Co KG of the same address. It is entered with Skuld on behalf of Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG.

Members of Donaghadee RNLI rescued a crew of 18 on fishing vessel Tahume (IMO 5128572) after the vessel suffered a broken engine. The team were called out to the incident on the evening of March 3rd after receiving a call out from the Belfast coastguard. Tahume was 2.5nm north east of the Mew Island, and on arrival a tow line was established. Due to the large size of the boat (117ft), it was decided to tow it to Belfast Harbour amid a 2-3 metre swell and with the flood tide against them. This made initial progress slow but once past the Mew Island and into Belfast Lough the lifeboat was able to make a steady speed of 5.5 knots. Tahume had sailed from Santa Eugenia de Riveira on February 26th. 1957-built, 315 gt Tahume flies under the UK flag.

During an inspection of general cargo ship Fensfjord (IMO 9268887) on February 28th at the quay in Lübeck-Siems, Germany, the water police found a malfunctioning wastewater treatment plant. The documentation of the treatment of the ballast water was also said to be flawed. There were indications that the wastewater treatment plant was malfunctioning, leading to a suspicion that waste water had been pumped into the sea. A security deposit of €800 was charged for suspected environmental violations. The ship left the port of Lübeck on March 1st en route to Sandnes. 2006-built, Netherlands-flagged, 4,035 gt Fensfjord is owned by Fonnes Rederei AS car of manager Fonnes Shipping AS of Fonnes, Norway. ISM manager is Wagenborg Shipping BV of Delfzijl, Netherlands. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Group London L3) on behalf of CV ms Fensfjord.

Fishing vessel Linquenda – ZK 80 (IMO 8432584) was fixed on a sandbank between the island of Schiermonnikoog and Ameland, Netherlands for six days because strong ice and a strong east wind hampered salvage work. On March 5th Marine Bos Services and Noordgat succeeded in refloating the ship. She was towed into the port of Lauwersoog, where damage was assessed at Next Generation Shipyard. Damage to the fishing vessel was limited. The 88gt vessel Linquenda – ZK 80 was built in 1962 and sails under the Netherlands flag.

General cargo ship Andor (IMO 8230285) collided with seine fishing vessel Hors shortly after midnight on March 5th while proceeding at the anchorage in the Kerch Strait, Russia/Crimea. Andor was anchored after the collision while the Hors proceeded to the port of Kerch and berthed at a shipyard for repairs. Both ships sustained minor damage in the incident, at the time of which Andor was en route from Rostov-on-Don to Kavkaz with a cargo of 3,300 tons wheat. 1974-built, Russia-flagged, 2,516 gt Andor is owned and managed by Traves LLC of Rostov-na-Danu, Russia.

A fire broke out in the engine room of utility vessel Multi Pioner (IMO 9683881) in Bufjord, Norway, south of Florø during the morning of March 7th. The crew of five quickly closed off the engine room an no-one was injured. A lifeboat was called to assist and pulled the ship to the port of Florø, where the fire department was ready to open up the engine room. 2013-built, Norway-flagged, 260 gt Multi Pioner is owned and managed by FSV Group AS of Molde, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Multi Pioner AS.

Tanker Hai Ha 18 burst into flames following an explosion on March 10th, according to Hai Phong Port Authority. The vessel was docked at the time. She was loaded with a cargo of 900 cubic meters of A92 petrol which was being pumped out of the ship. During the operation, the vessel pump stopped working and the tanker was ordered to leave the wharf area in Song Cam channel for repairs. The fire and explosion occurred shortly thereafter. Numerous firefighting units arrived at the scene to put the fire under control. On March 11th the burning ship was transferred to the other side of the river to prevent the spread of the fire. Firefighting efforts continued. 2010-built, Vietnam-flagged, 499 gt Hai Ha 18 is owned and managed by by Hai Ha Waterway Trans Co of Diem Dien, Thai Thuy District, Thai Binh Province, Vietnam.