Marine accident round-up : 25th July 2017

Bulk carrier Samatan (IMO 9236171) ran aground on the afternoon of July 22nd while approaching the coal terminal of the Huaneng Dongfang power plant on the western coast of China’s southernmost province, Hainan Island. It had a cargo of coal and a crew of 24 on board. Samatan was refloated during the night of July 23rd with the help of several tugs. The vessel was required to undergo a hull survey and was still berthed on the morning of July 24th. 2001-built, Malta-flagged, 40,437 gt Samatan is owned by Boone Star Owners Inc of Athens, Greece, and managed by TMS Dry Ltd of the same city. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Boone Star Owners Inc.

A fire broke out aboard container ship Maersk Kokura (IMO 9085560) while it was in Rotterdam on the afternoon of July 22nd, The fire, which was in the engine room was quickly brought under control. It transpired that oily cloths were smouldering and burning because they were too close to a hot engine, thus generating a great deal of smoke but not much fire. The vessel left Rotterdam the same day and dropped anchor off the Weser on July 23rd at 23.15, waiting to enter the port of Bremerhaven. 1997-built, Liberia-flagged, 81,488 gt Maersk Kokura is owned by Mas Shipping Co of Athens, Greece, and managed by Costamare Shipping Co of the same city. ISM manager is V Ships Greece of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Swedish Club on behalf of Mas Shipping Co.

General cargo ship Rebecca Rousing (IMO 8321656) ran aground while entering Skive port, Denmark, on the afternoon of July 22nd, touching bottom some 200 metres off port in very low water. Water depth was four metres remaining with a ship’s draught of 3.6 metres. After refloating attempts by a port tug failed, owner Carsten Rousing called for tug Nadir (IMO: 7401277) from Thybor√łn, which arrived at the port on the afternoon of July 23rd and managed to pull the freighter afloat within half an hour. There was no apparent damage and the ship docked in port. The “Rebecca Rousing” had come from Stenungsund with 1,500 tonnes of shears. 1983-built, Denmark-flagged, 1,645 gt Rebecca Rousing is owned and managed by Maritime Supply APS.

The crew of chemical oil products tanker Overseas Texas City (IMO 9353553) rescued five people from the water after their boat capsized 12 miles east of Galveston on the afternoon of July 22nd local time. The capsized boat was bottom up with the bow still visible, and five people were in the water nearby. The tanker recovered all five. A Coast Guard Station Galveston response boat crew picked up the rescued from the tanker and brought them back to shore. 2008-built, USAflagged, 29,242 gt Overseas Texas City is owned by ASC Leasing of Tampa, Florida, and is managed by OSG Ship Management of the same city. It is entered with UK P&I Club on behalf of Overseas Texas City LLC.