Pilot vessel Pollux (IMO 9496953) was in collision with bulk carrier Nord Taurus (IMO 9782182) before dawn on January 21st at the Northern Steenbank anchorage off the Dutch coast. Nord Taurus had just dropped off its pilot and sailed, intending to pass portside of the pilot vessel of the Dutch Pilotage Service which was lying north of Westkapelle. However, Nord Taurus hit Pollux with her bow. The pilot boat was badly damaged but managed to return to Flushing under her own power and was berthed in the outer port on the afternoon of January 21st. No injuries were reported.
2013-built, Netherlands-flagged, 2,501 gt Pollux is owned by Loodswezen Materieel BV care of manager Nederlands Loodswezen BV of Hoek van Holland, Netherlands.
2016-built, Panama-flagged, 43,471 gt Nord Taurus is owned by Pedregal Maritime SA care of manager Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd of Ehime-ken, Japan. ISM manager is Fleet Ship Management Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Japan P&I Club (Imabari office in charge).
General cargo supply ship Baltic Betina (IMO 8215601), which serves the Galapagos islands, started to heel to port in the vicinity of San Cristobal Island in the bay of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The authorities declared an emergency and some hours later the stability of the ship was regained. In November 2017 the ship suffered damage to its crane, which prevented it from sailing from Guayaquil to Galapagos. 1983-built, Ecuador-flagged, 2,644 gt Baltic Betina is owned and managed by Construjetsa SA of Guayaquil, Ecuador.
José António Soares, the mayor of Madalena on the island of Pico in the central Azores, has said that it is important, even if only for psychological reasons, to have the wreck passenger cargo RoRo Mestre Simão (IMO 9690482), removed as soon as possible. She grounded two weeks ago.
An investigation was currently under way to determine the causes of the accident at Madalena do Pico. The ship still had about 30 tons of fuel on board and remained to be drained, though part of the fuel in the tanks of the ship had spilled into the port of Madalena do Pico.
2013-built, Portugal-flagged, 748 gt Mestre Simao is owned and managed by Atlanticonline SA of Ponta Delgada, Azores. According to Equasis It is entered with Shipowners’ P&I Club on behalf of Seguradoras Unidas Açoreana.
Disabled cargo ship Ada Zeynep (IMO 8947876), which suffered engine failure at Tuapse, on December 28th while en route from Tuapse, Russia, to Tuzla, Turkey, was taken in tow by tug Marintug I to the Tuzla shipyard area on January 15th. The ship arrived at Tuzla on the afternoon of January 21st. 1995-built, Turkey-flagged, 906 gt Ada Zeynep is owned and managed by Elif Denizcilik of Istanbul, Turkey.
A scuba diver who was cleaning the hull of tug Mandalaya at the port of Güllük was injured by another tug Güllük (IMO 9670884) on the afternoon of January 20th. The tug ran into the side of the other vessel in the Milas district of Muğla. The injured diver was removed from the water and taken to hospital. 2012-built, Turkey-flagged, 226 gt Gulluk is owned by Gulluk Mandalya Turizm care of manager Gulluk Liman Isletmeciligi Insaat Turizm Sanayi ve Ticaret AS, of Milas, Turkey.
Cargo ship Emma (IMO 9221449) allided with berthed general cargo ship St Glory (IMO 9257204) on the afternoon of January 17th, 2018 while departing Chiba Port, Japan. 1999-built, Panama-flagged, 1,941 gt Emma is owned by Zhongrong Int’l Investment Ltd care of manager East Maritime Services (HK) Co Ltd of Hong Kong. 2001-built, Korea-flagged, 1,998 gt St Glory is owned by Moriah Merchant Marine Co Ltd care of manager Seatras Marine Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is Union Maritime Co Ltd-KRS of Busan, South Korea.