Marine accident round-up : 22nd December 2017

Bulk carrier Skylight (IMO 9434711) was attacked by pirates in the Bight of Biafra on the morning of December 14th, 32m south of Brass, Nigeria, while en route from Lagos to Port Harcourt. The bulkcarrier was under the control of six pirates who then kidnapped 10 crew members and fled. Senior officers, including the master, were among the hostages. The rest of the crew took the vessel to Port Harcourt, where it docked on December 1st. 2009-built, Marshall islands-flagged, 33,042 gt Skylight is owned by Skylight Shipping care of manager Technomar Shipping Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with London P&I Club on behalf of Skylight Shipping LP.

Aker BP reopened production at the Tambar Oil field on the coast of Norway on December 12th. Production was halted on December 7th after a fatal accident on Maersk Interceptor (IMO 8771552) during maintenance work on the jackup rig. The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, the police, Aker BP and Maersk Drilling are all investigating the accident, which saw one man die and one man injured. Aker BP will gradually resume activities that do not interfere with the investigation of the accident.

The operation to salvage the wreck of £1.8m luxury yacht P6T2 off the island of Jersey has been suspended after it was discovered that the vessel has broken up on the sea bed, possibly as recently as last weekend. The decision was taken by the Salvage Master late on the afternoon of December 20th after consultation with the Harbour Master and agreement from the vessel’s insurer The salvage vessel has returned to St Helier Harbour late in the afternoon with some items salvaged from the seabed, including a complete engine. The assumption is now that fuel has been lost, but that, as there have been no reports of surface oil, it had dispersed and broken down.

High-speed ferry Koegelwieck allided with a fairway buoy during the crossing from Harlingen to Terschelling, Netherlands, during the afternoon of December 20th at a speed of between 25 and 30 kmh. None of the 118 passengers was injured, but the ship suffered a hole in the hull and water ingress in one compartment. She proceeded to Terschelling, arriving after some delay suffering from a slight list to port. Koegelwieck was then towed to the night berth at Terschelling where the damage was inspected. The cause of the accident was not yet known. Repairs were expected to take about a week and damage was estimated to be in the region of €50,000.

Bulk carrier KM London (IMO 9811957) remained moored on December 20th at berth 7 at the Port of Longview, Columbia River, Washington State, under US Coast Guard orders not to leave, following a grounding. The grounding caused water to leak into the bow. The USCG agency in Astoria said that it had no timeline for completing its investigation or lifting its “Order of the Port” hold on the ship. 2017-built, Liberia-flagged, 35,824 gt  KM London is owned and managed by Kuang Ming Shipping Corp of Taipei City, Taiwan. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Asia Division) on behalf of Kuang Ming Shipping Corp.