Marine accident round-up : 25th January 2018

Emergency response tug Abeille Flandre was sent from Corsica to assist drifting freighter Burhan Dizman 3 (IMO 9648843) on January 16th while it was on its way from Fos-sur-Mer, France to Gemlik, Turkey. The freighter suffered propulsion problems and dropped emergency anchor, 3 km off Propriano, Corsica. Burhan Dizman 3 was moved to the port of Ajaccio for inspection and repairs. 2013-built, Panama-flagged 5,510 gt Burhan Dizman 3 is owned by BTD-Mar Shipping & Trade Co care of manager Dizman Shipping & Trade Co Ltd of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Standard Club (London Class) on behalf of VTD-MAR Shipping & Trade Co.

Maritime security contractors aboard bulker cement carrier NACC Valbella (IMO 9064281) repelled a pirate attack off Somalia, south of Yemen. According to maritime security firm LSS-SAPU, NACC Valbella (IMO 9064281) was transiting 90nm south of Mukallah, Yemen, when it was approached by a pirate mother ship. The LSS security unit on board Valbella lit warning flares and then fired warning shots. The attacking vessel opened fire, and the guards fired another volley of warning shots. The pirates then abandoned their attack and veered away. The Valbella did not suffer material damage and no injuries were reported. 1992-built, Panama-flagged, 5,286 gt NACC Valbella is owned by Lefkada Shipping SA care of manager Nova Marine Carriers SA of Lugano, Switzerland. It is entered with Standard Club (Europe division) on behalf of Lefkada Shipping SA.

Cargo vessel Ocean Spirit 1 ran aground Tuesday January 23rd near Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands according to the US Coast Guard. It said that its watchstanders in San Juan were contacted at about 05:00 on Tuesday by St Thomas Harbor pilots, who reported that the vessel had run aground just off of the entrance of the harbour’s East Gregory Channel. There were no reported signs of distress or oil leaking from the vessel, according to the USCG. The Ocean Spirit I crew completed the sounding of the vessel’s fuel and ballast tanks, while Sea Tow-St Thomas crews assessed the vessel’s hull underwater. USCG personnel worked with salvors and the vessel’s master and owner to minimize any potential environmental impact or damage to the vessel’s hull during refloating and removal operations. On Wednesday Ocean Spirit 1 has reported refloated with the help of Sea Tow vessels. 1982-built, Togo-flagged, 882 gt Ocean Spirit 1 is owned and managed by Ferrol Trucking Services Inc of the US Virgin Islands.

Specialist crane vessel Micoperi 30 returned to the site of the sinking of Costa Concordia on January 23rd to continue cleaning operations for the redevelopment of the seabed of Punta Gabbianara. The work was interrupted on December 1st 2017, for a negotiation between Micoperi and Costa Crociere aimed at a contractual rescheduling. The works are scheduled to finish before the end of March.

Underwater inspection teams attended general cargo ship Sinan Naiboglu (IMO 7721976, during the weekend January 19th to 21st after it ran aground on January 18th. Divers conducted a detailed underwater inspection after the weather improved. Various structural damages were noted with slight water ingresses. Tugs attended the scene in order to carry out the refloating operation. All towage attempts failed during the weekend and vessel remained stationary at the grounding position. The vessel, which had been under arrest at Nemrut Bay anchorage from February 2015, with no crew and watchman on board, dragged anchor due to adverse weather conditions in the area and subsequently ran aground at Nemrut Bay on January 18th at 04:00. The incident location was temporarily declared a restricted zone for all types of marine traffic. A storm in the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean late last week impacted several vessels. As reported, Berra G (see yesterday’s IMN) and Diana (see below) were also impacted. 1979-built, Turkey-flagged, 972 gt Sinan Naiboglu is owned by Berem Denizcilik of Istanbul, Turkey, and managed by Albedo Denizcilik Ve Nakliyat of Istanbul, Turkey.

General cargo ship Diana (IMO 9370082) was disabled and drifting in Haifa Bay in stormy weather during the morning of January 21st, with seven crew members on board. Israeli authorities deployed rescue vessels to take Diana on tow into Haifa for repairs, but ongoing adverse weather conditions hampered the operation. Around noon the ship was at anchor 5,17 nautical miles NNE of Haifa. 2007-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 9,556 gt Diana is owned by Metis Schiffahrts care of manager Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is Bremer Bereederungsgesell of Bremen, Germany. It is entered with Standard Club (Europe division) on behalf of MS Metis Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG.