Marine accident round-up : 22nd January 2018

Casablanca port was closed temporarily on the evening of January 17th after a northerly swell. Many ships lost mooring lines and needed tug assistance while pilots tried to evacuate the ships from the port in an orderly fashion. At the weekend the port was waiting for the swell to reduce in order to be able to resume normal operations.

Passenger cargo RoRo Hardanger (IMO 9662722) struck the fisher quay at Stavanger at 13:25 on January 19th. The impact caused many passengers to fall on deck, but no one was injured. After 10 to 15 minutes the trap doors of the ferry were opened, but the gate could not open completely. About half an hour after the allision the ferry resumed her service to Tau. 2013-built, Norway-flagged, 3,999 gt Hardanger is owned and managed by Norled AS of Stavanger, Norway.  For hull it is entered with Norwegian Hull Club.

General cargo ship Nifikor Begichev (IMO 9014896) ran into a storm and experienced troubles with bulk cargo on deck on January 3rd. She had sailed from Ust-Luga on December 30th, 2017, en route for China. The ship drifted for some time and returned to Ust-Luga anchorage on January 9th. The cargo included a shipment of S-400 air defence missile systems, being sent to China under a contract signed in 2014. Apparently they were damaged by the storm and have been returned to Russia. 1991-built, Russia-flagged, 7,949 gt Nikifor Begichev is owned by Vega Leasing Co LLC care of manager Maritime Trade Port of Khatanga, Russia.

Passenger Cargo RoRo Stena Britannica (IMO 9419175) sailed from Harwich on the evening of January 17th after the Essex fire brigade completed its environmental impact report on a fire that broke out in a lower hold last week, damaging several vehicles. The Environment Agency has launched a level 2 investigation into cause of fire. No pollution or oil sheen was detected on the sea and all decks were cleared of vehicles. 2010-built, UK-flagged, 64,039 gt Stena Britannica is owned by Stena Ropax Ltd care of ISM manager Stena Line Ltd of Holyhead, UK. Commercial manager is Stena Line BV of Hoek van Holland, Netherlands. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Stena Ropax Ltd.

Containership NYK Rigel (IMO 9416977) lost an empty 40 ft-container over board 27 miles northwest of Hook of Holland on the afternoon of January 18th, in bad weather off Scheveningen. Two other containers fell onto the vessel’s deck. A damage inspection was carried out on arrival at the ECT Delta Container Terminal in the Amazon Port of Rotterdam at lunchtime on January 19th. 2009-built, Panama-flagged, 55,487 gt NYK Rigel is owned by Bombon Shipholding SA, care of manager Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group London J1) on behalf of Bombon Shipbuilding SA.

General cargo ship Berra G (IMO 8721349) was dragged to ground by a storm during the night of January 18th in the Ereğli district  of Zonguldak, Turkey, splitting in the middle when it hit rocks. The crew of 12 were rescued by Ereğli Municipality fire crews. The vessel had been en route from Izmir to Rostovon-Don when it stranded in the shipyard area in Ereğli-Alaplı. The Coast Guard and port authority officials said measures would be taken to prevent the 26 tons of diesel on board from leaking into the sea. 1985-built, Comoros-flagged, 2,995 gt Berra G is owned by Muis Maritime Ltd Corp care of manager Sahin Deniz Kara Nakliye Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Lodestar on behalf of Muis Maritime Limited Corp.

Singapore Supreme Court’s website has informed that drill platform Songa Venus, which was arrested in Singapore February 16th 2017 was released and sold on January 12th.

Crown Navigation Co Ltd. Chittagong, shipping agents of fully cellular containership Seamaster, has said that the vessel had been released from confinement and was now waiting to take berth later this week.

Passenger Cargo RoRo Moby Baby Two (IMO 7360681) allided with the quay of Portoferraio, Isle of Elba on January 18th. The ship was stopped for about half an hour off the coast of Portoferraio. At 12:45 the ferry’s bow struck the pier. No damage was reported to cars and passengers, but the ferry was sidelined at the dock for technical checks. She was temporarily replaced by the Moby Kiss. 1974-built, Italy-flagged, 5,225 gt Moby Baby Two is owned and managed by Moby SpA of Portoferraio, Italy. It is entered with Standard Club (Mediterranean & Middle East Division) on behalf of Moby SpA.