Marine accident round-up : 6th April 2018

Chemical oil products tanker Gannet S (IMO 9407031), which suffered engine failure at Dakar, Senegal, West Africa at the end of February, 2018, was taken in tow by an offshore-tug (CM Brit) on March 6th after it transpired that the repair works could not be carried out by crew. Gannet S was towed to the Yalova Shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey, ETA April 7th. On March 30th the tow dropped anchor off Piraeus. 2008-built, Panama-flagged, 11,438 gt Gannet S is owned and managed by Seaspirit Shipping & Trading of the Marshall Islands. It is entered with Lodestar on behalf of Sea Spirit Shipping & Trading Ltd.

Sailings of passenger cargo RoRo Skjoldnæs (IMO 7925649) were cancelled from April 3rd until at least April 6th due to a damage suffered by the ferry on March 30th during a hard landing at the jetty in Søby upon Ærø, Denmark. The ferry was caught by strong wind gusts and suffered damage to the outside of the hull. There was no breach, so the ship was allowed by the Danish Maritime Authority to sail until her next docking at the Søby Værft. 1979-built, Denmark-flagged, 986 gt Skjoldnaes is owned by Ærø Kommune and managed by ÆrøFaergerne, both of Ærøskobing, Denmark. It is entered with Shipowners’ P&I Club.

The future of passenger ship Trini Flash (IMO 9582130) will be determined from the findings of analysis of the vessel, which is likely to take at least a month. Trini Flash operated the San Fernando to Port-of-Spain service but was chosen to run the inter-island service because both the T&T Express and the T&T Spirit were docked for repairs and maintenance. However, on February 11th 2017 the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian reported faults in the vessel causing prolonged sailing times. There had been numerous complaints from passengers travelling on-board the water taxi which was at the time said to be operating with several mechanical problems. The time spent travelling between San Fernando and Port of Spain had increased from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. 2010-built, Trinidad & Tobago-flagged, 562 gt Trini Flash is owned and managed by Nidco of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. ISM manager is HMS Global Maritime Inc of Indiana, USA. It is entered with MS Amlin on behalf of National Infrastructure Development Co Ltd.

In the week from March 26th to April 1st salvage company Ardent carried out a complete inspection of the wrecked and capsized hull of general cargo ship Britannica Hav (IMO 8506440) in order to determine methods of depollution and reversal. All pollutants trapped inside the cargo ship were pumped out successfully. A floating crane with a barge was expected from Norway to turn the wreck upright. The pontoon was expected to arrive in Le Havre during the week of April 2nd to April 8th. Operations to right the vessel should begin soon after arrival and were expected to take several days. The ultimate fate of the ship is yet to be determined. 1985-built, Malta-flagged, 1,521 gt Britannica Hav is owned by Hav Bulk AS of Raadal, Norway, and managed by Hav Shipmanagement Norrus AS of Kaliningrad, Russia. It is entered with Gard P&I Club (Bermuda) on behalf of Hav Bulk AS.

Container ship Endurance (IMO 9312200) suffered a lube oil pump defect during the morning of April 1st while en route from Antwerp, Belgium to Belfast, Northern Ireland. The vessel left the Traffic Separation Scheme and was drifting outside the lane before it moored on the Tongue anchorage, where spare parts were shipped out from Dover. Repairs were completed that evening and the ship resumed its voyage, ETA April 3rd. As of April 5th afternoon she was underway from Belfast to Antwerp. 2005-built, Netherlands-flagged, 7,642 gt Endurance is owned by Endurance Bewaarder BV care of manager JR Ship Management BV of Harlingen, Netherlands. It is entered with British Marine.

General cargo ship Lily-B (IMO 9066069) suffered a fouled propeller by a chain of a fairway buoy off Holyhead early on March 31st, 2018 while she was en route from Port Penrhyn to Rotterdam with a crew of six on board. The vessel had 2,120 tonnes of slate and 24.8 metric tonnes of marine gasoil on board. A tug from Holyhead Towing Co assisted in the towing of the vessel to Rotterdam, where she arrived in April 1st. As of afternoon of April 5th she was en route from Bromborough, UK, to Rotterdam. 1994-built, Germany-flagged, 1,596 gt Lily B is owned by Lily-B Schiffahrts GmbH care of manager JEB Bereederungs GmbH & Co KG of Elsfleth, Germany. It is entered with Hanseatic.