Marine accident round-up : 7th December 2017

Hydrocarbons that washed up on the New Caledonia coast about a week ago probably originated from containership Kea Trader (IMO 9701281), according to local reports. Just over 70 kilos of oil pellets were collected on the beaches of Lifou in the Loyalty Islands; others were discovered in late November on the east coast. Samples were sent to a laboratory in Brittany officially to determine the origin of the pollution. The vessel originally had 752 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 782 containers on board; about 4 tonnes of heavy fuel are thought to remain inside the wreck. The government has given notice to the shipowner and the insurer to finish emptying everything on board to avoid further pollution. 2017-built, Malta-flagged, 25,145 gt Kea Trader is owned by Kea Trader GmbH care of Lomar Deutschland of Bremen, Germany. ISM manager is Columbia Shipmanagement-GEU of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Skuld. Norwegian Hull Club covers the vessel for hull and machinery.

Passenger ship Alkinoos (IMO 8989290) suffered damage during the afternoon of December 2nd after a wire on the starboard side stern ramp broke when the ferry was about to leave the port of Ingoumetsia, during a scheduled service to Corfu. There were 64 passengers on board. Because of the broken wire the ramp could not be pulled up and the ferry had to stay berthed. Passengers were taken to their destination by other ships. Alkinoos was detained until the damage was repaired. 2002-built, Greece-flagged, 983 gt Alkinoos is owned and managed by Alkinoos Maritime Co of Piraeus, Greece.

Passenger/cargo RoRo Portlink V (IMO 8666147 was pushed against pier 1 at Merak port, Javaby, while departing bound for Bakauheni, Sumatra, on December 3rd, during strong winds and high waves. The hull of the ship was damaged on her port side by pylons, while the quay was also damaged. The ferry, loaded with several hundred passengers, left the port despite the damage in order to avoid another allision. 2012-built, Indonesia-flagged, 3,575 gt Portlink V is owned by Pann Pembiayaan Maritim PT care of PT Pann (Persero) of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is managed by ASDP Indonesia Ferry of Jakarta, Indonesia.

During the completion of an installation aboard FPSO Petrojarl Knarr (IMO 9630987) in the Knarr oil field on November 22nd, a davit was tested by swinging a Man Overboard Boat (MOB) hanging from it over the side of the FPSO. However, the hydraulics failed on the davit and a boat fell into the sea. A standby boat then assisted, but the rope failed and the MOB went adrift. No staff were on board during the test. The standby vessel followed the drifting MOB as it headed for Icelandic waters. 2014-built, Bahamas-flagged, 94,600 gt Petrojarl Knarr is entered for energy, loss of hire and hull & machinery with Norwegian Hull Club on behalf of Teekay Petrojarl Production ASA. Gard has a subscription interest.

The pilot of general cargo ship Katrin (IMO 9155987) alerted police in Kiel, Germany on December 1st upon the arrival of the ship on the Holtenau anchorage that the master was drunk at the helm. Police officers boarded the ship and a breathalyzer indicated an alcohol level of 3.29 per 1,000. A blood sample was taken from the man, and a safety fine of €2.000 was paid. The ship resumed her voyage from Sundsvall to New Ross on December 2nd, arriving December 5th. 1996-built, Malta-flagged, 3,170 gt Katrin is owned by HS Katrin PU care of manager Hansa Shipping OU of Tallinn, Estonia. ISM manager is Hansa Shipmanagement OU of Talinn, Estonia.

British Columbia First Nation Heiltsuk has expressed its relief at the news that a barge which broke away from US-registered tugboat Jake Shearer southwest of Bella Bella is to be towed to Alaska. The barge was carrying 12.5m litres of diesel and gasoline. Another tugboat was brought in earlier this week to help in completing the tow to Alaska.