Marine accident round-up : 23rd October 2017

A 61-old pilot fell overboard and died after a pilot boat collided with general cargo ship Skylark (IMO 7416040) on the afternoon of Oct 18, 2017, in Porto Nogaro, Italy. The freighter was en route to Samsun, Turkey, with a pilot on board. Another pilot was on the pilot boat escorting the ship to disembark the pilot on Skylark. Communication between the pilot aboard the freighter and the escorting boat apparently failed prior to the collision. The pilot boat tried but failed to warn the Skylark before being struck. The pilot was thrown into the water and later found dead. Skylark was moored on the outer anchorage of Porto Nogaro for investigations. 1976-built, Republic of Palau-flagged, 999 gt Skylark is owned by West Anatolia Shipping & Trading care of Royal Shipping & Chartering Co Ltd of Istanbul, Turkey. It is managed by Anadolu Denizcilik Tasimacilik.

Containership Marielyst (IMO 9448669) allided with a lock gate on Kiel Canal in Kiel-Holtenau on the evening of October 19th during a failed mooring manoeuvre while entering the lock. No serious damage was reported and she continued her voyage three hours later. 2010-built, Liberia-flagged, 12,514 gt Marielyst ( formerly Leguan ER Riga) is owned by Marielyst Beteiligungs care of manager Nordic Hamburg Shipmgmt GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Skuld on behalf of Nordic Hamburg Shipmgmt GmbH. It is entered with Swedish Club (claims leader) for loss of hire, hull interest and H&M (4/4) on behalf of Nordic Hamburg Shipmgmt. It is entered with Gard for loss of hire on behalf of E R Schiffahrt GmbH.

Passenger RoRo Ferry Express 1 (IMO 9501590) allided with a jetty in Odden during the morning of October 20th, having been pushed sideways by a strong gust of wind. The bow hit the stones of the breakwater. None of the approximately 250 cars was damaged. Nor were any of the 500 passengers on board injured. After disembarkation the ferry returned to Aarhus before being docked at the Lindø Shipyard OSS in Vigerø the same evening for repairs, which were expected to take a week, with a return date set for October 29th. 2009-built, Denmark-flagged, 10,504 gt Express 1 is owned by 066 Fast Ferry Leasing Ltd and managed by Molslinjen AS of Aarhus, Denmark. It is entered with Skuld on behalf of Molslinjen AS (note, Equasis has “old” name of Mols Linien, which changed to Molslinjen in March this year). It is entered for loss of hire, hull interest and H&M (4/4) with Gard AS.

LPG tanker Bow Guardian (IMO 9383338) suffered a gas leak on the Elbe off Stade during the evening of October 19th. High-explosive gas escaped from a high pressure vent after a pump leakage. The ship was about to unload a cargo of LPG in the port and was in a waiting position during the night. The water police established a safety zone of 1km around the vessel and stopped ship traffic. About 120 rescue forces were alerted, among them personnel of the Analytical Task Force from Hamburg to measure gas concentration levels. Some 200 inhabitants of nearby houses in Abbenfleth had to be evacuated, but were allowed to return at 2am the following morning. 2008-built, Malta-flagged, 9,125 gt Bow Guardian is owned by Odjfell Gas Shipowning AS care of Odjfell Gas Carriers AS of Bergen, Norway. It is managed by Lauritzen Kosan AS of Hellerup, Denmark. ISM manager is Anglo-Eastern Shipmanagement of Singapore. The vessel is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Odfjell Gas AS. It is entered for hull & machinery with Norwegian Hull Club.,unfall10968.html

Chilean navy divers made underwater inspections of wellboat fishing vessel Seikongen (IMO 9793985) on October 19th and confirmed that an oil tank with 67,000 litres of fuel in it was not breached. The divers observed that nearly 40,000 salmon on the were still inside the hermetic pools, dead due to lack of oxygen. It was considered a matter of urgency to remove them before decomposition, as that would increase the presence of gases such as hydrogen sulfide. The vessel lost stability upon competition of a transshipment of 200 tons salmon. Navy personnel continued to install anti-pollution barriers around the wreck. Only minimal residual oil amounts appears to have escaped from the ship, plus 600 litres of fuel that spilled from two drums that were stored on the deck of the ship. 2016-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

Offshore tug supply ship Malaviya Seven (IMO 9087312) has been withdrawn from auction. She had been detained in Aberdeen under merchant shipping regulations. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said the 24 crew were owed more than £600,000. The auctioneer withdrew the vessel from sale after only receiving a bid of £300,000. He said that he would try to negotiate a better deal with the bidder. He said the vessel remained in excellent condition thanks to the efforts of the crew. 1994-built, India-flagged, 3,001 gt Malaviya Seven is reported by Equasis as owned and managed by GOL Offshore Ltd of Mumbai. It is entered with Navigators (through to November 25th 2017) on behalf of GOL Offshore.

Five crew members rescued from capsized bulk carrier Emerald Star have been handed over to the Indian Embassy. The rescued men, all Indians, had undergone medical examination in Santa Ana, Philippines. The 11 other ship crew members remained aboard the ship that rescued them. The Philippines Coast Guard has continued the search for the 10 other who are still missing. The missing crew members were wearing life-saving gears when their ship capsized. Emerald Star  capsized and sank in the Pacific at around 7am local time on October 13th about 150 nm northeast of Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines, and loaded with a cargo of nickel ore on a journey from Indonesia to China. It was thought that the nickel ore might have liquefied. 2010-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 33,205 gt Emerald Star is owned by Dubai Bulkers ltd care of manager Stellar Ocean Transport of Dubai, UAE. ISM manager is Vridhi Maritime Pvt Ltd of Chennai, India. It is entered with North of England P&I Club.

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