Marine accident round up : 1st December 2017

General cargo ship Darwin (IMO 8407228) suffered engine failure during a transit of the Kiel Canal shortly after having left the locks in Kiel-Holtenau on November 25th, and drifted towards the canal embankment between Warleberg and Landwehr. Tug Neptune Mariner was by chance nearby with a towed vessel; she disconnected and went alongside the Darwin, pushing the disabled ship to a pier at the canal shore. Darwin was then taken in tow by other tugs deployed from Kiel. Darwin was turned around and pulled back to Kiel where she berthed at the Voith Quay. She left Kiel again on the afternoon of November 26th after investigations by the police and repairs, heading for Emden, where she arrived on November 28th. 1984-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 1,298 gt Darwin is owned by Darwin Schiffahrts UG care of manager LoGe Shipmanagement GmbH & Co KG of Haren (Ems), Germany. It is entered with Hanseatic Underwriters.

A Lithuanian crew member died in a work accident aboard cargo RoRo Botnia Seaways (IMO 9192129) on November 23rd, 2017. The 63-year-old was run down by a trailer during unloading operations in Rades after the ferry had arrived from Marseilles. DFDS has sent a team to Rades to investigate the accident.  2000-built, Lithuania-flagged, 11,530 gt Botnia Seaways is owned and managed by DFDS Seaways AB-Lithuania of Klaipeda, Lithuania. It is entered with West of England P&I Club on behalf of AB DFDS Seaways.

Cargo vessel Fukuyoshi Maru No 1 allided with the breakwater at Taketoyo, Honshu, Japan after the vessel made a navigational error, causing the bow to strike the breakwater. She sustained damage to her bow and the breakwater also suffered damage, but there were no reports of injuries. The vessel was pulled free after about five hours. She proceeded to berth in Taketoyo for surveys.

Emergency services on Nov 28, 2017, tried to prevent a crane on deck of the Merwemond from toppling over at the Maartensgat in Dordrecht. The crane threatened to crush pleasure yachts. The problems started in the night after a pontoon alongside the Merwemond started to list due to water ingress. The crane was half on the pontoon, half on the Merwemond. The crane and the work ship started to tilt to port. The pontoon was meanwhile resting on the bottom. Oil booms were placed in the water to collect leaking oil. By the time of low tide all ships had settled on the bottom. Salvors got the Merwemond and the connected pontoon floating again on Nov 29 after ballast and machines were removed from the sunken pontoon with the help of divers and another crane aboard Dutch barge Christiaan Willem. Residents did not have to be evacuated. However, some recreational craft were towed out of the harbour as a precaution. A dolphin had to be removed so that the floated vessels could be accessed.

A pilot who was boarding self-discharging bulk carrier Aasnes (IMO 9101546) from pilot tender Explorer on November 24th, in the Port of Brunsbüttel on the River Elbe fell from the pilot’s ladder back onto the tender boat and then two metres further down onto its main deck. Broken ropes of the ladder were responsible for the accident according to the victim. The ship had left Brunsbüttel at 11 p.m. bound for Ijmuiden before proceeding to Purfleet where it arrived on November 28th, before heading to Dirdal. 1996-built, Gibraltar-flagged, 4,783 gt Aasnes is owned by Aasen Transport AS care of manager Aasen Shipping AS of Mosterhamn, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I Club (Bermuda) on behalf of Aasen Transport AS.