Marine accident round-up : 3rd August 2017

Sailings for ferry Condor Liberation (IMO 9551363) on August 2nd were cancelled after a fault was identified in the exhaust system on the ship’s starboard main engine. The problem would have meant the ferry trying to travel from Poole to the Channel Islands on two engines against predicted wind speeds of up to 40 knots. Passengers were offered alternative departures which included travel on Commodore Clipper. The company also amended the schedule of Condor Rapide on August 2nd to provide a link for all passengers travelling between Jersey and Guernsey. Passengers were also able to cancel their journey and receive a full refund. 2010-built, Bahamas-flagged, 6,307 gt Condor Liberation is owned by Condor Ltd of Guernsey, Channel Islands, and managed by Condor Marine Services Ltd of Poole, UK. According to Equasis, it is entered with Shipowners’ P&I Club.

Ukrainian border guards were reported to have detained general cargo ship San Porfyrios (IMO 8719073) for entering several ports in the Crimea without Kiev’s authorization. Although Russia has been de facto controller of Crimea for several years, Ukraine still claims it as its territory. Ukraine claimed that under the name

Sava Lake and the flag of Panama it had repeatedly called at the ports of Crimea in 2014/15. AIS listed its flags up to 2013 as Latvia (to 2009) and St Vincent (to 2013). It was stopped in the Ukrainian waters of the river Danube while en route from Galati, whence she had sailed on July 30th, to Corinth, with an ETA Aug 4. As of August 2nd the vessel seemed to be underway again from Reni to Corinth and was moving through the Turkish straits. 1990-built, Belize-flagged, 2,030 gt San Porfyrios is owned by Marine Consult Kronos SA of Piraeus, Greece, and is managed by New Kronos Maritime Co SA of the same city.

RoRo passenger ferry Eid (IMO 7700403), could not depart from Lysebotn on the evening of August 1st due to a power failure hitting the whole village of Flørli in Lysefjorden. This disabled the ferry bridge. 1978-built, Norway-flagged, 838 gt Eid is owned and managed by Fjord1 AS of Floro, Norway.

Small tanker ship Galileo (IMO 8643559), loaded with 1,710 tons of sodium hydroxide, ran aground on the Rhine on the Geisenrück between Oberwesel and St Goar on the morning of August 2nd, while en route from Antwerp to Ludwigshafen s. The tanker suffered water ingress in the foreship and the engine room but the cargo area was not affected because the tanker is a double hull vessel. The left side of the Rhine fairway at Geisenrück was closed to traffic. The aim is to lighter the tanker so that it can be towed to the Loreley port, where it will be unloaded. As of the afternoon of August 2nd the vessel was still grounded.