Marine accident round-up : 22nd November 2017

Three Alaska Power and Telephone workers were rescued on November 14th after their boat ran aground six miles south of Skagway. The employees were returning from winter shut-off work on the Kasidaya hydropower plant. Passenger/cargo RoRo Columbia (IMO 7320095) was nearby and generated a wave which hit the boat, turned it sideways and pushed it onto the beach. The workers could not free themselves due to the outgoing tide and called search and rescue to help. The 26-foot skiff was soon pulled off the rocks and returned to Skagway without incident. 1974-built, USA-flagged, 13,009 gt Columbia is owned and managed by Alaska State of Juneau, Alaska, USA. It is entered with Navigators P&I (July 1 2017 to July 1 2018).

Catamaran tourist boat Mazu, with 99 mainly German tourists from cruise ship Mein Schiff 6 (IMO 9753208), suffered engine failure due to a bilge pump malfunction halfway to the Isla de la Pasión north of Cozumel, Mexico, on November 15th. The catamaran was quickly dragged towards the high seas and flooded by the waves and began to sink stern first. After 20 minutes the passengers were rescued by the Mexican Naval Search and Rescue Station (ENSAR) of the Secretary of the Navy with the support of several private vessels. Mein Schiff 6 had berthed in Punta Langosta that morning, and the tourists had contracted a tour with company Isla de la Pasión to be taken to the eponymous island. They boarded the Mazu at the pier in Aldora. After the incident the half-submerged Mazu was towed to port by another catamaran and lifted out of the water for repairs. 2017-built, Malta-flagged, 98,811 gt Mein Schiff 6 is owned and managed by TUI Cruises GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is Celebrity Cruises Inc of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group London L1) on behalf of TUI Cruises GmbH. It is entered for Hull & Machinery with Norwegian Hull Club on behalf of TUI AG, with Gard having a subscription interest.

Crane ship Cormorant has raised 136 gt former restaurant ship and tug Ella (formerly Zeeland) (IMO 5428087), which sunk on July 6th about 3.5 miles south-east of Lowestoft while under tow from Hartlepool to Rochester. A Dutch consortium consisting of the DUC Marine Group and Multraship Towage and Salvage was contracted to remove the wreck, which was deemed a navigational hazard. Work started on November 3rd, but was interrupted due to bad weather. During a hydrographical survey on Nov 18 it was found that the ship had sunk deep into the sand, forcing a change in the salvage method. A salvage grab was ordered from the Netherlands, which managed to pull the wreckage from the bottom. The Ella had served as a restaurant from 2010 in the Hartlepool Marina and was to be pulled to Kent to be rebuilt as either a floating office or accommodation.

General cargo ship Carina (IMO 8914142) allided with the middle wall of the New Northern lock in Brunsbüttel shortly before midnight on November 17th. The stern veered to port when it stopped inside the lock, with strong winds exaggerating the rotation. Carina hit the middle wall with its bow and the opposite wall with the stern. Both lock and wall suffered slight damage. A few hours later she resumed her voyage to Lulea, northern Sweden, with an ETA of November 22nd. 1990-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 2,643 gt Carina is owned by Carina Shipping care of manager Klip Marine Shipmanagement Ltd of Tallinn, Estonia.