Marine accident round-up : 30th January 2018

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.

1987-built, Netherlands-flagged, 312 gt fishing vessel Gert Jan – UK 189 (IMO 8521725) ran aground at the east side of Pollendam in the Dutch Wadden Sea on January 26th, a few hundred meters from the port of Harlingen. A salvage attempt in the afternoon by three tugs did not succeed because the tide was dropping. A new attempt was scheduled with the high tide around 02:00 on January 27th.

1974-built, Panama-flagged, 224 gt tug NAS Pathfinder (IMO 7312402) lost propulsion while carrying out a tow on January 13th after Maritime & Coastguard Agency surveyors found a number of deficiencies. Attempts to repair the vessel at the time of the failure were not a success and three hours later another tug sailed from Dover to bring both the NAS Pathfinder and the tug it was towing into the harbour. The NAS Pathfinder had travelling from Netherlands to Italy. MCA surveyors found 17 deficiencies, 11 of which merited detention. These included the emergency fire pump not being ready for use, excessive oily water in engine room bilges, no evidence of verification of passage plan by the master and no original copy of Loan Line exemption certificate for the vessel being towed. As of January 29th the tug was once again at sea, travelling west in the English Channel from Dover to Messina, Italy, but with “restricted manoeuvrability”.

Chemical oil products tanker Düzgit Endeavour (IMO 9581007) allided with the gate III of the great southern lock of the Kiel Canal in Brunsbüttel during the afternoon of January 24th when it entered the lock. The bulbous bow hit the rubber fender on the inner side of the gate. Damaging the holding device of the rubber strip. The ship suffered no apparent damage and was able to continue its voyage after consultation with the association for transport and traffic management. It was underway from Rotterdam to Klaipeda, ETA Jan 26 at noon. 2013-built, Turkey-flagged, 10,276 gt Duzgit Endeavour is owned by Duzgit Gemi Insa Sanayi AS of Istanbul, Turkey. It is managed by DSM Gemi Isletmeciligi AS of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Britannia P&I Club on behalf of Duzgit Gemi Insa Sanayi AS.

Chemical oil products tanker Kaprifol (IMO 9200081) encountered engine problems off Slite, Gotland, Sweden on January 24th. The ship requested a tug to assist after a failed attempt to drop anchor in rough seas. The Swedish Coastguard deployed a tug which managed to pull the tanker to a safe anchorage off Aminne, near Slite. On January 25th the wind decreased permitting technicians to investigate the engine problem. The ship resumed its journey to Turku, Finland later on January 25th Jan 26, 11 p.m. 2000-built, Cyprus-flagged, 1,845 gt Kaprifol is entered with Vaderotank Rederi AB of Grebbestad, Sweden. It is managed by Sea Tank Chartering AS of Bergen, Norway. ISM manager is Vadero Ship Management AB of Grebbestad, Sweden. It is entered with Skuld on behalf of Rederi Aktiebolag Vadero Tank.