Marine accident round-up : 16th October 2017

About 13% of Gulf of Mexico oil production remained offline at the end of last week in the wake of Hurricane Nate, according to the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). That equates to about 220,000bpd. About 7% of US GoM natural gas production remained offline, BSEE said.

Thirteen crew on chemical oil products tanker Crystal Nord (IMO 9016911), belonging to company Nakhodka-Portbunker, are stranded in the port of Al Hamriya, UAE, and have applied for help from the Dvor RPSM. The ship has been anchored off Al Hamriyah since September 20th and the crew claim they are owed some RUB1.6m in wages. Some of the crew have already returned to their base in Primorye, Russia. Nakhodka-Portbunker is in the process of bankruptcy and the arbitration manager had promised to pay off the salary debt to the sailors immediately after the sale of the property. 1994-built, Russia-flagged, 5,677 gt Crystal Nord is owned and managed by Nakhodka-Portbunker Co Ltd of Primorskiy Kray, Russia. Meanwhile, seven crew members of chemical oil products tanker Crystal East (IMO 9160308), stranded off Dubai, have appealed for help to the Russian Sailors’ Union with a request to help them return their documents and repatriate them. The ship was arrested in the port of Sharjah because of the shipowner’s large debts, and seafarers’ documents were confiscated. Port authorities arrested the tanker. 1998-built, Russia-flagged, 5,136 gt Crystal East is owned and managed by Nakhodka-Portbunker Co Ltd of Primorskiy Kray, Russia. It is entered with VSK Insurance Co of Russia.

Bulk carrier Melite (IMO 9284881), which ran aground off Pulau Laut, Indonesia, on July 21st, is to be sold for demolition on an “as is, where is” basis. The delivery was scheduled to arrive with unidentified buyers by October 30th for a sale price of roughly $2.52m. Diana Shipping has submitted a notice of abandonment to its hull and machinery underwriters, who have agreed to the sale of the vessel on such a basis. The notice of abandonment forms part of DSI’s claim against the vessel’s underwriters, resulting from the previously announced grounding. If accepted, the claim could result in the payment to Diana Shipping of the vessel’s total insured value of about $14m. 2004-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 39,964 gt Melite is owned by Taka Shipping Co care of Diana Shipping services SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group, London L2) on behalf of Taka Shipping Co Inc.

Contrary to earlier reports, oil products tanker Go East (IMO 7526924) did not sink after being shelled by the Libyan Coast Guard. It arrived at Malta outer anchorage shortly after midnight on October 12th, where it still remained on the morning of October 15th. The AIS data reappeared on October 11th. The Libyan navy had said that the tanker had been fired upon after it refused demands from a Coastguard boat to stop and be searched. He claimed that it had been involved in fuel smuggling. The operators said that there had been financial issues between the Swiss company that had chartered the tanker and unnamed Libyans and that the cause of the attack was financial rather than political. 1977-built, Comoros-flagged, 7,886 gt Go East is owned by Arida Trade LLP care of manager Uvas-Trans Ltd of Krym, Ukraine.