Marine accident round-up : 15th January 2018

Vehicle carrier Orion Highway (IMO 9728071) allided with containership Ever Laurel (IMO 9595474) which was moored at the Seagirt Marine Terminal before dawn on January 6th, while approaching the Dundalk Marine Terminal, Baltimore. There was minor damage to both vessels. 2016-built, Panama-flagged, 76,299 gt Orion Highway is owned by Manatee Navigation SA care of manager Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (Kawasaki Kisen KK) (‘K’ Line) of Tokyo, Japan. ISM manager is Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co Ltd. It is entered with Japan Club (Kobe Office in charge).

2012-built, Singapore-flagged, 98,830 gt Ever Laurel is owned and managed by Evergreen Marine Singapore of Singapore. ISM manager is Evergreen Marine Corp of Taoyuan City, Taiwan. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte.

General cargo ship Port May (IMO 8912807), which had become disabled in the Sea of Okhotsk as the result of a main engine failure on December 17th 2017, arrived off Korsakov on January 8th, towed by a Russian salvage tug. 1992-built, Russia-flagged, 3,988 gt Port May is owned by Avangard-5 Shipping Co care of manager Vipstroy Holding, Sakhalinskaya oblast, Russia.

Cargo ship NS Union (IMO 8502133) suffered a main engine failure in the Gulf of Corinth on the afternoon of January 10th. Eight persons were on board. The vessel arrived at Patras anchorage the same day and was put under detention by the authorities, where it remained on the afternoon of January 14th. 1985-built, Panama-flagged, 1,543 gt NS Union is owned and managed by Outcoast Marine Corp of Tirana, Albania.

By January 12th only 99 container units, of which 86 were empty, still remained on board containership Kea Trader (IMO 9701281) with nearly 4,800 tonnes of container load having already been removed. The removal work continues, with salvors cutting containers into sections and removing them by helicopter onto nearby barges. The salvors have cleaned the fuel tanks, removing heavy fuel oil, including 40 cubic metres of unpumpable material removed by helicopter. Around 150 cubic metres of solid materials have been removed from within the accommodation and office areas – including electronic equipment, mattresses, furniture and ceiling tiles. Salvors said that there was still a considerable amount of work to do. Kea Trader became stuck on Durand Reef, New Caledonia, last July, on its maiden voyage.

2017-built, Malta-flagged, 25,145 gt Kea Trader is owned by Kea Trader GmbH care of manager Lomar Deutschland of Bremen, Germany. ISM manager is Columbia Shipmanagement of Hamburg, Germany. At time of incident it was entered with Skuld, but this appears to have expired at midnight on January 10th 2018.