Marine accident round-up : 24th January 2018

Bulk carrier Ormi (IMO 9397200) was placed under a detention order at the Ilva bulk terminal in Taranto on January 19th. Port State Control claimed that the ship was sub-standard according to international regulations for the safety of navigation. Inspectors said they discovered anomalous management of oily liquid waste. The ship remained in port awaiting checks by the Classification Register inspectors responsible for issuing the safety certification and her flag state. 2006-built, Panama-flagged, 10,299 gt Ormi is owned by Titan SA care of manager ACA Shipping Co of Piraeus, Greece.

Cargo RoRo Palatine (IMO 9376701) appeared to be disabled on January 19th, drifting at one knot 10.5 nm south-south-west of Prawle Point, Devon, UK. The crew completed repairs during the day and the ship resumed its journey to Santander. She is currently en route from Leixoes, Portugal, to Rotterdam, Netherlands. 2009-built, Malta-flagged, 25,593 gt Palatine is owned by Shiplux II SA care of manager EuroShip Services Ltd, Purfleet, UK. It is covered for hull & machinery by Gard (claims leader).

Officials said at the weekend that a docked tugboat exploded on the Tennessee River in Kentucky at First Marine Dry Dock Boat & Barge Repair last Friday, killing three and injuring several others. Police said the boat was being worked on and the explosion happened inside.

An 80-metre-long dredging boat capsized off Armona Island, Algarve, Portugal, on Tuesday January 16th while she was replenishing sand. Four workers were injured after being thrown into the water. Back on land they were found to be showing signs of hypothermia. The vessel was carrying some 12,000 litres of diesel and was later found to be leaking a small quantity of fuel, possibly about 300 litres. She was surrounded by container booms.

brought in from Portimão and Faro as well as Olhão, to limit the spread. Olhão Port Captain Commandant Nunes Ferreira said most of the released fuel would evaporate near the vessel and that there was no risk of it reaching land.

Multi-purpose carrier Lill (IMO 8209743) drifted across the southern port of Randers, Denmark, on January 19th after the propeller became fouled by a rope. The vessel blocked the basin for more than half an hour. After the ship was manoeuvred out of its position a diver removed the rope.

Officials of the water police in Travemünde, Lübeck, Germany discovered said that they discovered a manipulation of the sewage system of passenger ship Marittima (IMO 5315412) on January 11th. At the request of the prosecutor in Lübeck a search warrant for the ship was obtained, which took place on January 17th with experts of the classification society and representatives of the competent regulatory authorities at the berth. The initial findings were confirmed. It was claimed that, through bypassing the cleaning and treatment processes of the plant, untreated faeces were pumped out over a long period of time and by a multitude of passengers on numerous voyages in the summer months. 1958-built, Germany-flagged, 439 gt Marittima is owned and managed by Bottcher Reederei of Lübeck, Germany.