Marine accident round-up : 5th July 2017

Captain Sami Kalkavan of general cargo ship ACT (IMO 8206791) told CNN Turk that the Greek coast guard had ordered him to dock in Rhodes, about 15m from the Turkish coast, for inspection. He said that after he had failed to comply the coast guard had opened fire, putting 16 bullet holes into the ship. “They said they would fire if we didn’t stop – they did what they said,” said Kalkavan, without indicating why he had not wanted the ship to be inspected. There was no danger of water ingress from the bullet holes. The Greek coast guard said it had fired warning shots as it was trying to inspect the ship’s cargo after receiving an anonymous call that it was carrying narcotics. The vessel did not cooperate and subsequently moved back to Turkish waters, it said in its statement. Kalkavan confirmed that the ship, which had set off from the Turkish city of Iskenderun near the Syrian border, had returned to Turkish waters. 1986-built, 2,553 gt, Turkey-flagged ACT is owned by Kartal Gemi Isletmeciligi of Istanbul, and managed by Brn Deniz Tasimaciligi Tic Ltd of the same city.

General cargo ship Shuya (IMO 9105841) ran aground on the evening of July 3rd in the Elbe estuary with a cargo of 4.000t salt, while en route from Gibraltar to Fredericia. The accident happened a short time after the pilot was taken on board. The ship has 40t of bunker fuel in its tanks. Yesterday the ship accident command in Cuxhaven took over the coordination of the salvage. 1994-built, Antigua and Barbuda-flagged, 2,889 gt Shuya is owned by Shuya Marine Ltd of Odessa, Ukraine, and managed by Profy PP of the same city.

Self-discharging bulk carrier Great Republic (IMO 7914236) struck the dock of riverside restaurant Shooters on the Water and a recreational boat on the Cuyahoga River on the evening of July 2nd, 2017 while making a turn. The recreational boat was apparently moored in a no-mooring zone. Neither boat suffered damage but the collision did some damage to Shooter’s Dock. Great Republic left Cleveland on July 3rd and headed for Detroit. 1981-built, USA-flagged, 12,158 gt Great Republic is owned by Banc of America Leasing of Tucker, Georgia, USA and managed by Keystone Shipping Co of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, USA. It is entered with North of England P&I Club on behalf of senior member Key Lakes IV Inc.

Passenger RoRo ferry Pascal Lota (IMO 9365398) struck a dike while leaving the port of Bastia on the evening of July 1st after being caught by a strong gust of wind. Two propeller blades struck the tetrapods of the breakwater and the ship was forced to return to the dock. The passengers were disembarked and continued their journey by other ferries. Pascal Lota remained in port on July 2nd and sailed the next morning for Genova, where it entered drydock for repairs on July 3rd. 2008-built, Italy-flagged, 36,299 gt Pascal Lota is owned and managed by Forshop SpA of Vado Ligure, Italy. ISM manager is Tourship Italy SpA of the same address. It is entered with Standard P&I Club on behalf of Member SBC Mega Express.

Chemical oil products tanker Chemroad Journey (IMO 9414254), which had been hard aground about 120nm off Binh Thuan, was refloated on July 2nd after about 8,000 tons of the 30,000 tons chemical cargo had been siphoned off by tanker Sun Mercury. From June 15th to June 26th about 826t was transferred from the foreship to other tanks to prevent pollution. The ship had two ballast tanks ruptured and was listing 15,5 degrees to port. 2009-built, 20,108 gt Chemroad Journey is owned by Cobalt Blue Shipping SA of Tokyo, Japan, and managed by Iino Marine Service Co. It is entered with Japan Ship Owners’ P&I Club on behalf of Cobalt Blue Shipping. General cargo ship Tong Mao 1 (IMO 9397561) was in collision with a fishing vessel from South Korea during the afternoon of July 1st, 25m southeast of Seoqwipo off southern Jeju Island, while en route from Qingdao to Yatsushiro. The fishing vessel sank and the six crew members were rescued by the freighter. However, one of them was severely injured and, despite an airlift to hospital by a helicopter, later died. 2006-built, Belize-flagged, 2,565 gt Tong Mao 1 is owned by Hong Kong Tomao International Marine and managed by Tongmao Ship Management Inc, both of Zhousan, Zhejiang, China.

The propulsion system of passenger RoRo ferry F.A. Gauthier (IMO 9669861), failed soon after the ferry left Matane port in the St. Lawrence river estuary on the afternoon of July 1st, with 202 passengers on board. It dropped anchor a mile off the coast before returning to Matane six hours later. Scheduled sailings to Baie Comeau were cancelled until the problems with the electric system were resolved. 2015-built, Canada-flagged, 15,901 gt F.A. Gauthier is owned and managed by Quebec Traversiers of St Paul, Quebec, Canada. It is entered with Shipowners’ P& I Club on behalf of member Societe Des Traversiers Du Quebec