Marine accident round-up : 1st June 2018

General cargo ship Spaarnegracht (IMO 9202558) suffered engine failure in the North Atlantic north of the Azores on May 19th, while en route from Husum, Sweden to Baltimore, USA. It was taken in tow by a tug on May 26th, sailing east at six knots, and remained mid-Atlantic as of the morning of May 31st. 2000-built, Netherlands-flagged, 16,641 gt Spaarnegracht is owned by Spaarnegracht Rederij care of manager Spliethoff’s Bevrachtingskantoor BV of Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group London L3) on behalf of Spliethoff’s Bevrachtingskantoor BV.

Bulk carrier Iryda (IMO 9180384) became caught in the power supply wires of the railroad bridge of Toledo after leaving the city’s grain terminal on May 25th. She broke off one of the power supply wires, but continued her voyage to Montreal. The bridge over the Maumee river in the Lake Erie was closed for six hours for repairs. 1999-built, Cyprus-flagged, 21,387 gt Iryda is owned by Iryda Shipping care of manager Polska Zegluga Morska of Szczecin, Poland. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Iryda Shipping Ltd. For Hull & Machinery (& war) the claims leader is Warta Insurance & Reinsurance Co, on behalf of Polish Steamship Co, with Gard having a subscription position.

Service ship motor hopper Munin R (IMO 8882442) has come under suspicion of having caused pollution with the appearance of grease lumps on the banks of the Greifswalder Bodden. The dredger had been contracted by Nord Stream 2 for its gas pipeline, but suffered a leak and had been berthed in Lubmin since May 24th. Investigations are not yet completed. Meanwhile the grease continues to drift ashore. There was more pollution north of Ladebow and north of the island of Riems. 1974-built, Netherlands-flagged, 499 gt Munin R is owned by RN Dredging BV care of manager Rohde Nielsen AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Rohde Nielsen AS.

Oil products/ore/bulk tanker Balt Flot 5 (IMO 9751925) allided with berth 16 at the sea port of St. Petersburg during the evening of May 25th while proceeding to Lesnoy Mole Roads on the Korabelny fairway with a pilot on board. The tanker hit the berth with its portside stern and sustained hull damage above the waterline. After an inspection the ship was detained for repairs. It sailed from St. Petersburg on May 27, bound for Yaroslavl. 2016-built, Russia-flagged, 3,928 gt Balt Flot 5 is owned and managed by BF Tanker LLC of St Petersburg, Russia. It is entered with Standard Club (London Class) on behalf of public JS co “State Transport Leasing Co”.