Marine accident round-up : 21st February 2018

Please note that, as renewals are in progress, unless specified otherwise, for the next week or so any insurance cover cited comes with the caveat: “As of February 19th 2018”.

Barge Rising Sun Ihi was hit by oil products tanker Chrysopigi (IMO 9303728), carrying 30,000 tonnes of fuel products, on the evening of February 4th while it was entering the Haifa port and lost its steering. The barge was at the time engaged in the construction of extension of the port’s breakwater. The starboard quarter kedge anchor (sinker) of Rising Sun Ihi was lost and the barge drifted onto breakwater. She suffered damage to her starboard side and inward dents into watertight compartments on the port side. Rising Sun Ihi was refloated on February 10th with no water ingress reported. It was planned to tow it to dry-dock in Turkey. 2006-built, Malta-flagged, 24,048 gt Chrysopigi is owned by Express Way Shipping Ltd care of manager Ancora Investment Trust Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Express Way Shipping Ltd.

The return of passenger/cargo RoRo Condor Rapide (IMO 9161560) to service from dry dock has been delayed. The vessel was due to return on February 16th but due to an engine management software issue its return was put on hold. The fault was discovered en route to St Malo from Falmouth. Engineers and contractors were working to rectify the problem. 1997-built, Bahamas-flagged, 5,007 gt Condor Rapide is owned by Condor Ltd of Guernsey, and managed by Condor Marine Services Ltd of Poole, UK. It is entered with Shipowners’ P&I Club on behalf of Condor Ltd.

A fire broke out on board fish factory Danko (IMO 6929337) during the afternoon of February 16th whit she was under repair in a floating dock in Nakhodka Port. The fire occurred in the fish production plant towards the stern of the vessel, causing crew members to be evacuated. Firefighters arrived on scene within 10 minutes and fought the fire which covered an area of 50 square metres.

Cargo RoRo Ural (IMO 7725386) suffered a mechanical failure on February 9th in the Ionian Sea while en route from Novorossiysk to Douala. On February 13th the ship headed for Sfax, where she dropped anchor on February 15th, later moving into the port to await repairs The 24 containers on board were loaded with various equipment for a military camp, such as vehicles, armoured vehicles, troop transports, tents, electric generators and other accessories for soldiers. The charterer was a Turkish company. 1980-built, Panama-flagged, 4,994 gt Ural is owned by Uphill Shipping SA care of manager Akdeniz Roro Deniz Tasimaciligi Turizm Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd Sti of Mersin, Turkey. It is entered with Navigators on behalf of Uphill Shipping SA.

A setback appears to have delayed the return of passenger/cargo RoRo Gallipoli (IMO 8510946) after a stalled lift led to a shutdown at Burry’s Shipyard, the site handling repairs for the troubled ferry in Clarenville. The conductor was in the process of undocking the Gallipoli back into the water last week when the lift suddenly stopped working. Meanwhile Gallipoli remains in dry dock. Officials from Service NL confirmed on Feb 18 that Occupational Health and Safety has issued a stop-work order at the site. Gallipoli went out of service on September 5th last year and was undergoing a 90-day scheduled refit at Burry’s. However, more problems were found and further repairs were deemed necessary. 1986-built, Canada-flagged, 611 gt Gallipoli is owned by Xerox Canada Finance Inc of Toronto, Canada, and managed by the province of Newfoundland & Labrador of Lewisporte Newfoundland. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club.

Passenger Cargo RoRo Artemis (IMO 8966951) sustained damage to her starboard main engine during the morning of February 17th. The 94 passengers on board were disembarked and forwarded to their destinations by another vessel. Artemis was banned from sailing by the Laurium port authority until the engine was repaired and a class certificate of seaworthiness was issued. 1997-built, Greece-flagged, 1,612 gt Artemis is owned and managed by Hellenic Seaways Maritime SA of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Hellenic Seaways Maritime SA.