Marine accident round-up : 21st March 2018

Bulk carrier Harriett (IMO 9239458) ran aground on the west coast of Mudyug island in the White Sea, north of Arkhangelsk, during the afternoon of March 15th. The vessel had only just left Arkhangelsk, loaded with coal, destined for Terneuzen, Netherlands Harriett was proceeding in ice with an icebreaker ahead of her, but the icebreaker suffered an engine failure. The bulk carrier was then moved with ice floe from fairway to shallows. As of Mar 19th the vessel remained hard aground. An underwater survey was scheduled to be carried out on March 20th. Salvagers will either lighter the ship or attempt to refloat her with the help of icebreakers. 2002-built, Liberia-flagged, 17,665 gt Harriett is owned and managed by Amur Harriet LLC care of MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH of Schnaittenbach, Germany. ISM manager is FML Ship Management Ltd of Nicosia, Cyprus. It is entered with Gard Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Amur Harriet LLC. Norwegian Hull Club covers it for hull and machinery.

General cargo ship MSC Maria (IMO 9067544) was pursued and boarded by armed pirates in a speedboat during the morning of March 16th when southwest of Bonny Fairway Buoy. The crew retreated into the citadel while the pirates were boarding. The vessel eventually berthed in Port Harcourt during the afternoon of March 18th. 1993-built, Panama-flagged, 8,271 gt MSC Maria is owned by CN Maria Inc care of manager MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA of Geneva, Switzerland. ISM manager is MSC Shipmanagement Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA. Generali Rück AG is claims leader for hull and machinery. Gard has a subscription position.

Chemical oil products tanker Elohim (IMO 9231690) was attacked by pirates in a speedboat in about 30 miles southwest of the Bonny Fairway Buoy during the evening of March 14th. The tanker employed anti-piracy measures and the pirates were unable to board. 2002-built, Panama-flagged, 19,408 gt Elohim is owned and managed by Zirconia Marine & Energy International of Lagos, Nigeria. It is entered with American P&I Club on behalf of Zirconia Marine and Energy International Ltd.

The Provincial Government of Chiloé, southern Chile, has approved a salvage plan for the refloating of wrecked fish carrier wellboat Seikongen (IMO 9793985) within 80 days. The wreck is situated off the beach of Pilpilihue in the Conchi commune. There has been no leakage from the ship to date. Ardent will be responsible for the salvage of the vessel. The company removed the salmon and fuel from the wreck last November. The operation is not expected to take more than three months. 2017-built, Chile-flagged, 1,952 gt Seikongen is owned and managed by CPT Empresas Maritimas SA of Las Condes, Chile. It is entered with Hanseatic Underwriters.

Bitumen tanker Bit Eco (IMO 9786633) lost its portside anchor and two shackles in Rotterdam Anchorage No 5 during the morning of March 17th. She was moored at Vlaardingen and left Rotterdam again during the morning of March 19th, bound for Gijon, northern Spain, ETA the afternoon of March 21st. 2017-built, Netherlands-flagged, 7,447 gt Bit Eco is owned by Theodora Tankers BV care of manager Tarbit Shipping AB of Skarhamn, Sweden. ISM manager is Tarbit Tankers Services BV of Dordrecht, Netherlands. It is entered with Skuld (business unit Skuld Oslo 2) on behalf of Tarbit Tankers BV.

Livestock carrier Norland (IMO 7529940) was involved in a collision with a bunker barge on March 5th. The former was carrying livestock from Koper, Slovenia to Beirut, Lebanon and was anchored at Kali Limenes, Crete, Greece, waiting for bunker. The latter was manoeuvring to a berth on the starboard side of the vessel. An indentation of steel plates in the crew accommodation were found on the Norland, with some frames bent and a porthole smashed. Indentations to the bulwark’s steel plate and a few brackets were noted on the bunker barge. Norland arrived at Beirut on March 15th. 1976-built, Togo-flagged, 2,986 gt Norland is owned by Norland Shipping Ltd care of manager Elbeco Sal of Beirut, Lebanon.