Marine accident round-up : 29th January 2018

Tanker Meridian Express (IMO 9596272), which was in ballast, collided with bulk carrier Southern Light (IMO 9744063) on January 23rd during the late evening on Gibraltar West Anchorage in the Bay of Algeciras. The ship was departing Gibraltar anchorage, while Southern Light, loaded with yellow corn in bulk, was anchored. Southern Light lost its starboard anchor and suffered a dent on her starboard bow. Meridian Express sustained a gash approximately 5 metres in length on the port side bow underneath the water line and another gash of approximately two metres above the waterline, near deck level.

2013-built, Panama-flagged, 29,289 gt Meridian Express is owned by Astraea Maritime SA care of MOL Product Tankers Ltd (MOLPT) of Tokyo, Japan. Manager is Anglo-Eastern Shipmanagement Of Singapore. ISM manager is PTMC of Las Condes, Chile. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Astraea Maritime SA.

2015-built, Norway-flagged, 36,321 gt Southern Light is owned by LHS-2 Southern Light AS care of manager Lighthouse Navigation Co Ltd of Bangkok, Thailand. ISM manager is Fleet Management Ltd-HKG of Hong Kong. It is entered with West of England Club on behalf of LHS-2 Southern Light AS.

Bulk carrier Maccoa (IMO 9413913) suffered an oil spillage on January 24th at the port of Skagen, Denmark. Between 40 and 50 litres of bunker fuel were accidently spilled during re-fuelling. The spillage was reported instantly but, due to the small amount released, was not considered to be an environmental risk, and the vessel was not detained. 2009-built, Cyprus-flagged, 19,814 gt Maccoa is owned by TRS Rode BV care of manager Navarone of Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK P&I Club (area group Piraeus H1) on behalf of Taras Navigation Ltd.

Bulk carrier Fermita (IMO 9223992) reported a total failure of its propulsion system while moving under pilot control from Anchorage 11 in English Bay to Vancouver Inner Harbour, British Columbia at midnight on January 19th. The pilot aborted the manoeuvre, returning and re-anchoring at Anchorage 11 with the assistance of two tugs. 2001-built, Norway-flagged, 30,053 gt Fermita is owned by Ugland Shipping AS and managed by Ugland Marine Services SA of Grimstad, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I Club (Bermuda) on behalf of Ugland Shipping AS. It is entered for Hull & Machinery with Norwegian Hull Club.

Bulk carrier S-Bronco (IMO 9311050) struck tug Mudyug (IMO 8009181) during the morning of January 25th during ice channeling in the Morskoy Seaway in the approaches to St Petersburg. The bulk carrier sustained damages to the bow two metres above the waterline. There was no visible damage to the icebreaker. Both ships continued moving through the ice. S Bronco was berthed at the Gutuevs Quay in St Petersburg the same day, while Mudyug was moored on Kronshtadt Anchorage.

2005-built, Liberia-flagged, 21,385 gt S-Bronco is owned by Mustang International Inc care of manager S-Bulkers Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European syndicate) on behalf of Mustang International.

1982-built, Russia-flagged, 6,954 gt Mudyug is owned and managed by Rosmorport of Moscow, Russia.

A rescue team from the Russian Emergencies Ministry has departed for the suspected location of the missing 1985-built, Russia-flagged fishing vessel, 666 gt Vostok (IMO 8504791). The vessel was last heard from some 200 km from the coast of Primorsky Krai in the Sea of Japan. A Be-200 aircraft of the Khabarovsk Aviation and Rescue Centre to Primorye Territory was involved in the search and rescue operation. Three helicopters were carrying out aerial reconnaissance in the area of operation of the emergency buoy. So far, only two lifejackets and some waste have been found. Vostok had 21 crew members on board when the emergency signal was activated in the Japan Sea during the morning of January 25th, 2018, in the Japan Sea, 90 miles south of Vladivostok. The “Vostok” was en route from Donghae to Kholmsk, Sakhalin Island.