Marine accident round-up : 5th January 2018

A fire broke out in the cargo hold of general cargo ship Amber (IMO 9361378) during the afternoon of December 31st while she was docked at the port of Seville. The fire was extinguished by port authority firefighters and seven engines from Seville city council. The cargo hold was shut off and flooded with the ship’s own carbon dioxide gas fire suppression system. Cranes then began to extract the damaged cargo. Anti-pollution barriers were laid out as a precaution. The ship was loaded with 5,500 tons of beet. A fermenting process was thought to have resulted in spontaneous combustion. The ship had arrived from Liepaja, Latvia, on December 30th. 2008-built, Netherlands-flagged, 3,990 gt Amber is owned by Riverborg BV care of Flagship Management Co BV, Farmsum, Netherlands. ISM manager is Rivermaas management Co of Rhoon, Netherlands. It is entered with Shipowners’ P&I Club on behalf of member Rivermaas BV.

Bulk carrier Pacific Huron (IMO 9546796)was refloated in the St. Lawrence Seaway Saturday after running aground near Wellesley Island, New York state, last week. No injuries or pollution were reported. A pilot boarded the vessel to navigate the vessel to its anchorage location at Mason Point. At the weekend divers conducted an underwater hull survey, and the classification society inspected the ship’s propulsion system. Pacific Huron ran aground after losing propulsion when en route from Port Weller to Montreal. The vessel was not blocking shipping. 2010-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 20,535 gt Pacific Huron is owned by Seven Island Kai Freese GmbH care of manager Freese Shipping GmbH & Co KG, Stade Niederelbe, Germany. It is entered with UK P&I Club (London L1 Area Group) on behalf of M/S Seven Islands Kai Freese GmbH & Co KG.

The UN Security Council last Thursday denied international port access to four North Korean ships – Ryesonggang 1, Rungra 2, Ul Ji Bong 6 ND Sam Jong 2, suspected of carrying or having transported goods banned by international sanctions targeting Pyongyang, diplomats told AFP.

Research vessel Meteor (IMO 8411279), which was working on behalf of the University of Heidelberg in Germany between Samothrace and Limnos in the eastern Aegean, reportedly was harassed on December 29th 2017 by Turkish Coastguard officers who told the captain to leave, saying that the vessel was in Turkish waters. The Meteor had been granted all the necessary permits from the Greek Foreign and Defence ministries, according to Greek military officials. They cited “standard Turkish tactics” of questioning Greek sovereign rights in the Aegean. 1986-built, Germany-flagged, 4,280 gt Meteor is owned by Germany Govt Bildung care of manager Briese Schiffahrts GmbH of Leer (Ostfriesland), Germany. It is entered with Shipowners’ P&I Club on behalf of Briese Schiffahrts GmbH.

Passenger ship Harlingerland (IMO 7904592) ran aground with 42 passengers and a crew of six on board in the Wadden Sea during the afternoon of December 20th 2017, about an hour after its departure from Wangerooge to Harlesiel. The ship was unable to refloat with own power and so a tug was called to assist, but the attempt to pull the ferry off the sand bar failed due to the low tide. Late that evening the Harlingerland managed to back off the shallow, entering the port of Harlesiel at midnight, some nine hours late. It sailed again on the afternoon of December 22nd. 1979-built, Germany-flagged, 477 gt Harlingerland is owned and managed by DB Fernverkehr AG of Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Chemical oil products tanker Milagress (IMO 9729594) was detained in the port of Naples by officers of the Coast Guard of Naples in the frame of a Port State Control on December 27th 2017, due to a malfunctioning of the fire protection systems. She was being loaded with palm oil at the time. Rear Admiral Arturo Faraone issued a detention order against the ship following a detailed inspection. The closing valves in the engine room, a protection against fire spreading, were said to be out of order due to lack of maintenance. It was also claimed that there was a lack of familiarity by the crew with the various tasks assigned in the event of a fire on board. The ship had arrived from Istanbul in the morning and remained berthed at the Flavio Gioia Container Terminal. As of the morning of January 4th she was moored at Naples. 2015-built, Russia-flagged, 4,684 gt Milagress is owned by Milagress Shipping Ltd care of manager Frachtmortrans LLC of Moscow, Russia. It is entered with Standard Club (London Class) on behalf of Milagress Shipping Ltd.

The stern of general cargo ship Cabrera (IMO 9191955) which ran aground on the northern coast of Andros island on December 24th 2016, while en route from Larimna to Tornio and subsequently sank, was beached in Aliaga, Izmir, Turkey, on the pontoon onto which it had been deposited to be broken up Salvage companies Megatugs and Smit had removed the stern on October 23rd 2017 from a depth of 35 metres. 100 metres from the rocks of the island. The remainder was no threat for the environment and therefore will not be salvaged. 2007-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 4,244 gt Cabrera is owned by Roland Shipping & Trading GmbH care of manager Erwin Strahlmann GmbH of Brunsbüttel, Germany.

General cargo ship Keit (IMO 9333450) ran into the embankment of the Kiel Canal at the ferry port during the afternoon of December 27th 2017. The ship refloated under her own power and continued her voyage from Rotterdam to Klaipeda, where she Had been scheduled to arrive on December 29th. She berthed in the North Port of Kiel for surveys and left the port again shortly after midnight on December 28th after a class survey. The master had to pay a safety deposit of €500 and an investigation was launched against the pilot.  2005-built, Malta-flagged, 3,183 gt Keit is owned by HS Keit OU care of Hansa Shipping Ltd of Valletta, Malta. ISM manager is Hansa Ship Management OU of Tallinn, Estonia.