Marine accident round-up : 16th January 2018

Some of the 30-to-45 containers that MSC Eloane (IMO 9755957) lost 40 miles off the Galician coast, have continued to drift onto the beaches of the Costa da Morte. On January 14th a group of volunteers were cleaning the beach in O Rostro (Fisterra), after wood chip packages and tobacco had come ashore at the Muxiana beach of Nemiña. Meanwhile, the SAR Gavia and patrol boat Salvamar Altair were involved in recovery work on the afternoon of January 14th in the estuary of Corme and Laxe. Two large metal plates, part of the containers, were removed by the SAR Gavia’s crane and taken to the Cormelan pier in Gavia. MSC Eloane  remained in the port of Cádiz. 2016-built, Liberia-flagged, 193,489 gt MSC Eloane is owned by Mega Box Shipping Co Ltd care of manager MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA of Geneva, Switzerland. It is entered with Standard Club (Europe Division) on behalf of Mega Box Shipping Ltd.

Around 70 barges broke away on the flooding Ohio River near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Moundsville, West Virginia, on Saturday January 13th. US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh received reports of 45 barges breaking away from fleeting areas at mile maker 94 on the Ohio River near Moundsville and 27 barges breaking away from Jack’s Run Fleeting area at mile marker 4 on the Ohio River near Pittsburgh, with four barges going over Emsworth Lock & Dam, due to ice and high water. A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, United States Army Corps of Engineers and industry partners responded. There were no reports of significant damage to Emsworth Lock & Dam and no environmental concerns from pollution. As of Sunday afternoon about 38 of the reported 45 breakaway barges from fleeting areas at mile maker 94 on the Ohio River near Moundsville had been recovered and secured. All but two of the 27 breakaway barges from Jack’s Run Fleeting area at mile marker 4 on the Ohio River near Pittsburgh had been accounted for, and five of the barges were reported to have gone over Emsworth Lock & Dam. The barges broke away due to ice and high water.

After its arrival in the port of Valparaiso from Angamos on January 10th a mast on the upper bridge deck of containership Cap San Tainaro (IMO 9633965) was broken off when it struck a gantry crane of the Pacifico Sur Container Terminal. The departure of the ship to Callao was delayed because of the damage, and as of January 15th the container ship was still berthed in Valparaiso. 2014-built, Singapore-flagged, 118,938 gt Cap San Tainaro is owned by Cap San Tainaro Pte Ltd care of manager Enesel Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Swedish Club on behalf of Cap San Tainaro Pte Ltd.

Astilleros del Guadalquivir was chosen to repair general cargo ship Amber (IMO 9361378), whose cargo caught fire due to a fermentation process on December 31st 2017, while berthed in the Port of Seville. On January 13th the ship shifted to the Armament Dock so that repairs could be started, which were expected to be completed by January 16th. Amber had been transporting fermented beet product, and high humidity levels generated spontaneous combustion. 2008-built, Netherlands-flagged, 3,990 gt Amber is owned by Riverborg BV care of Flagship Management Co BV, Farmsum, Netherlands. ISM manager is Rivermaas management Co of Rhoon, Netherlands. It is entered with Shipowners’ P&I Club on behalf of member Rivermaas BV.

The damage to UK-flagged, 418 gt, 1983-built fishing vessel Eben Haëzer – GY 57 (IMO 8211772) was sufficiently significant that the ship has been declared a total loss and will be demolished. The Grimsby-based vessel was in the port of IJmuiden in August 2017 when a valve of the toilet malfunctioned causing water ingress and a partial sinking of the ship. Initially the damage was estimated at around €800,000, but gradually that amount rose to about €2m, mainly because of damage in the engine room.

Passenger Cargo RoRo Fantastic (IMO 9100267) lost control while unmooring in Barcelona Port on the afternoon of January 12th and drifted towards cruise terminal B where the cruise ship Viking Star (IMO 9650418) was berthed. The ferry struck the cruise ship’s portside by her stern, Fantastic was taken back to its berth. Both ships avoided serious damage. Fantastic resumed her voyage early the same evening, bound for Genoa. Viking Star left Barcelona half an hour later, bound for Marseille.

1996-built, Italy-flagged, 35,222 gt Fantastic is owned and managed by Grandi Navi Veloci SpA of Genoa, Italy. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European Syndicate) on behalf of Grandi Navi Veloci SpA.

2015-built, Norway-flagged, 47,842 gt Viking Star is owned by Viking Ocean Cruises Ship 1 Ltd care of Viking River Cruises AG of Basel, Switzerland. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European Syndicate) on behalf of Viking Ocean Cruises Ship 1 Ltd.

High-speed UK-flagged craft Umoe Rapid (IMO 9822774) was docked at the NG Shipyards in Lauwersoog on January 10th for repairs to a large gash in the foreship on the starboard side. Apparently something had struck the vessel that evening in the North Sea, but none of the Danish crew members were able to say what hit them on their route between the Eemshaven and the German wind farm off Borkum. In Lauwersoog, two mobile cranes lifted the crew boat from the water. The repair will take some weeks as new parts need to be built in Norway and China.