Marine accident round-up : 4th October 2017

Bulk carrier IVS Nightjar (IMO 9303429) was in collision with Vietnamese barge BV 1305 shortly after midnight on September 30th off Vung Tau while en route from Phy-My-Vung Tau. The barge sank but all eight people on board were rescued by search-and-rescue. The barge sank near the fairway and as a result was obstructing ship traffic IVS Nightjar dropped anchor on Vung Tau roads after the accident. Its last recorded location as of the evening of October 3rd local time was travelling east in the Singapore Strait. 2004-built, Singapore-flagged, 20,283 gt IVS Nightjar is owned by IVS Bulk Carriers Pte Ltd care of manager Grinrod Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is Sandigan Shipping Services Inc of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with UK P&I Club (London L3 Area Group) on behalf of IVS Bulk carriers Pte Ltd.

Inland motor freighter, Netherlands-flagged Helena Cora and its cargo of aluminium with a value of at least €1.5m were seized on September 28th on behalf of salvage companies Multraship and Smit-Kotug. The salvagers had refloated the barge on September 12th. Discussions between stakeholders, including the owner Heuvelman-De Groot, are being held this week. The ship is currently docked at Sloehaven in Flushing.

Offshore supply vessel Malaviya Seven (IMO 9087312) which has been detained at Aberdeen harbour since October 2016 because its crew have not being paid, is to be auctioned off on October 17th at the Rox Hotel in Aberdeen. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said the 12 crew were owed more than £600,000 in total and it was hoped the Indian crew could be paid within two weeks of the vessel being sold. Six crew members headed home in September. The remaining six are staying until the ship has been sold. 1994-built, India-flagged, 3,001 gt Malaviya Seven is reported by Equasis as owned and managed by GOL Offshore Ltd of Mumbai. It is entered with Navigators (through to November 25th 2017) on behalf of GOL Offshore.

Transport Canada has fined cruise ship Pearl Mist (IMO 9412701) C$6,000 for going too fast in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The ship was found to have violated the federal government’s 10-knot speed limit, put in place in early August to prevent further deaths of endangered North Atlantic whales