Marine accident round-up : 26th January 2018

Chemical oil products tanker Nave Equinox (IMO 9351634) suffered an engine failure at Kumkapi Point, Istanbul Strait, around dawn on January 23rd, while en route from Bourgas to Malta. Two tugs secured and towed the vessel to the Istanbul tanker anchorage area, where it dropped anchor shortly before noon. 2007-built, Marshall islands-flagged, 30,119 gt Nave Equinox is owned by Thasos Shipping Corp care of manager Navios Tankers Management Inc of Piraeus, Greece. ISM manager is Synergy Maritime Pvt Ltd of Chennai, India. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Thasos Shipping Corp.

Bulk carrier Pretty Ivy (IMO 9502817) broke loose from its moorings at berth 3 in the outer port of IJmuiden, Netherlands, during the morning of January 18th, during heavily adverse weather. Three tugs were called to assist the ship. In the port of Antwerp containership MSC Vaishnavi R (IMO 9227340). Also broke loose and went adrift becoming perpendicular to the fairway in Deurganck dock Five tugs were needed to manoeuvre the ship back to its berth.

2011-built, Panama-flagged, 22,402 gt Pretty Ivy is owned by Pretty Ivy Shipping Ltd of the Marshall Islands. It is managed by Parakou Shipping Ltd of Hong Kong. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (Eastern Syndicate) on behalf of Pretty Ivy Shipping Ltd.

2002-built, Liberia-flagged, 45,803 gt MSC Vaishnavi R is owned by SFL Rosanna Inc care of manager MSC of Geneva, Switzerland. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of MSC.

For hull and machinery the claims leader is Generali Rück, with Gard having a subscription position, on behalf of MSC.

Cargo RoRo Kapetan Christos (IMO 7026613) was forced by gale-force winds to seek shelter in Thessaloniki’s Thermaic Gulf while carrying 410 tons of explosive material from Crete. The ship had been scheduled to unload its cargo in Thessaloniki on January 18th. Gale-force winds forced the vessel to remain in Thessaloniki’s bay, waiting for conditions to improve. The explosives had been seized from Tanzania-flagged Andromeda, which was intercepted last week off the coast of Crete. 1970-built, Greece-flagged, 3,633 gt Kapetan Christos is owned and managed by Aigialis Shipping Co of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Carina on behalf of Aigialis Shipping Co.

General cargo ship Frontera (IMO 9312705) caused an oil spill in the Kiel Canal during the morning of January 18th during bunkering operations, while en route from Gibraltar to Helsingborg. About 2,000 litres of diesel were spilt from a pipe on board the ship. The tank was checked and about 200 litres flowed into the water. Frontera was released the same evening and an investigation launched. The ship left Kiel that evening. 2005-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged 3,870 gt Frontera is owned by Frontera e Strahlmann GmbH care of manager Reederei Erwin Strahlmann GmbH of Brunsbüttel, Germany. It is entered with Hydor AS.