Marine accident round-up : 30th June 2017

Containership Cosco Pride (IMO 9472153) suffered engine failure around midnight on June 27th. 2017 in the English Channel while en route from Felixstowe to Southampton. The ship was brought to anchor and on June 29th Belgian offshore tug Smit Tiger arrived to assist the disabled ship to the Nab Anchorage off the Isle of Wight. 2011-built, 141,823 gt, Hong Kong-flagged Cosco Pride is owned by Seaspan Corp of Hong Kong and managed by Cosco Shipping Lines Co of Shanghai, China. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Haiju (Tianjin) Ship Leasing Co ltd.

Chemical tanker Freyja (IMO 7392610) ran aground while unloaded at Svartskjæret off Florø on the afternoon of June 28th, close to where Ingvild had grounded the previous day, although no link between the two events could be established by local reports. Freyja had a crew of 11 on board but no injuries or leakage was reported. Two tugs had arrived by the evening to tow the vessel back to its port of departure. 1974-built, Malta-flagged, 1,665 gt Freyja is owned by Freyja AS of Maaloy, Norway, and managed by Fjord Shipping AS-Maaloy of the same address. According to Equasis, the vessel is entered with Skuld.

The final cost paid by the Canadian province of Ontario for removing Canadian bulk carrier Miner (IMO 6601674) from the shores of Scatarie Island will be C$18.5m as a result of an arbitration award. Back in 2014 when the contract was awarded RJ MacIsaac Construction was to be paid C$11.9m for the removal of the derelict vessel from the shores of Scatarie Island, but the unanticipated discovery of asbestos and diesel fuel on board added significantly to the cost and scope of the project, which was completed in late 2015. The debate now is whether the province of Ontario or the federal government should pay for the extra cost. 1966-built, 17,381 gt Miner is recorded as being owned by Upper Lakes Gripu Inc of Toronto, Canada, and managed by Seaway Marine Transport of St Catherines, Ontario, Canada.

Crane ship Cormorant (IMO 7328073) arrived off the Sussex coast on June 28th to begin work to recover an £850,000 digger stuck in the sea at the Rampion Windfarm. The 80-tonne digger had finished backfilling cable duct trenches dug along the seabed as part of the construction of the Rampion Windfarm when it got stranded a couple of months ago and has been dubbed “Moby Dig” by locals. Rampion is a £1.3bn offshore wind project owned by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank plc and Canadian energy company Enbridge. It is expected to be in operation in 2018.

Cargo ship X-Press Suez (IMO 9159658) knocked down one of the two gantry cranes of the Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT), India, on the afternoon of June 25th while berthing. The ship allided with two of the four container gantry cranes in the port, having just arrived from Colombo. The cranes fell backwards and collapsed, also causing damage to X-Press Suez. The vessel was detained at the port after the incident. It was carrying about 800 containers with mostly raw materials for local garment industries and was being guided by two CPA pilots from the outer anchorage. The cargo was to be unloaded with the two remaining gantry cranes. The accident was expected to cause delays in berthing of vessels at the port. The damaged cranes could be out of commission for some time, significantly reducing the efficiency of the port .No injuries were reported. 1998-built, 22.039 gt, Egyptflagged X-Press Suez is owned and managed by X-Press Feeders Egypt For SHPG of Alexandria, Egypt. ISM Manager is ASP Ship Management India PVT of Mumbai. According to Equasis, the vessel is entered with Skuld.