Marine accident round-up : 4th July 2017

Three passengers were injured when Passenger RoRo ferry Martha’s Vineyard (IMO 9103881) struck a passenger gangway and broke three windows while backing out from the Woods Hole terminal on the evening of July 1st. None of the injured passengers required medical treatment. Later in the evening the ferry returned to Woods Hole without passengers or vehicles and berthed overnight to allow the maintenance crew to cover the broken windows with plywood. Some delays occurred the following morning. Steamship Authority officials said that they did not know whether mechanical failure or user error caused the gangway not to retract. 1993-built, US-flagged, 2,690 gt Martha’s Vineyard is owned and managed by Woods Hole Marthas Vineyard.

A sessions court in Ernakulam, Kochi has remanded in custody for 15 days the captain and two crew members of cargo ship Amber L (IMO 9200354). The vessel allegedly hit a fishing boat off Kochi,. The three were identified as Captain Georgiannakis Ioannis, second officer Galanos Athanasios, both Greek nationals, and Zewana, a Myanmar national who was the designated duty able seaman. They were arrested by the Coastal police on June 30th and remanded by the court on July 1st. Amber L has been detained in Kochi since its collision on June 11th with a fishing vessel about 14nm off Kochi, in which two fishermen were killed and one went missing. According to local reports the owners of the ship have expressed their willingness to furnish the security amount to facilitate release of the vessel. 2000-built, 25,955 gt Amber L is owned by Avenio Maritime SA of Athens, Greece, and managed by Karlog Shipping Co of the same city. It is entered with London P&I Club on behalf of Avenio Maritime SA.

The Argentine Naval Prefecture found the wreck of fishing vessel Repunte (IMO 6603024), on July 1 about 16 miles off the coast of Rawson at a depth of 53 metres, two weeks after its sinking. Divers will descend to the wreck using a diving bell and the ROV. According to the testimony of the survivors all crew had left the ship, so there is thought to be little chance of finding any of the seven missing inside.

Greenpeace activists hampered the berthing bulk carrier Golden Opportunity (IMO 9389813) in Hamburg on July 2nd. The ship was carrying a cargo of 75,000t of coal from Murmansk. It was surrounded by rafts when approaching the Hansaport. “End Coal” was painted onto the hull before the water police put an end to the protest, permitting the bulk carrier to dock. 2008-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 41,655 gt Golden Opportunity is owned by Golden Opportunity Inc of Hamilton, Bermuda, and managed by Golden Ocean Group of the same address. ISM Manager is Thome Ship Management of Singapore. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Golden Opportunity Inc.