Marine accident round-up : 7th July 2017

Bulk carrier Americana (IMO 9438676) has been arrested in Singapore waters, according to the Supreme Court of Singapore’s records, reports Vessel Tracker. The bulker was detained on the afternoon of June 30th, a day after it arrived in the port of Singapore. According to AIS data the vessel is still moored there. The arresting solicitor was reported by Vessel Tracker to be Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, while Focal Investigation & Security Agency has been appointed for security and investigation purposes related to the ship’s arrest. Americana has a market value of $16.3m, according to VesselsValue. 2010-built, Liberia-flagged, 51,130 gt Americana is owned by AmericaMarine SA and managed by Merchant Marine Management of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Americana SA.

The collision between bulk carrier Amber L (IMO 9200354) and a fishing boat on June 11th about 14nm off the Kochi coast has been confirmed by local police as a hit-and-run incident. The ship’s crew has apparently confirmed to police that they

knew that a vessel had been hit, although not that anyone had been hurt, but decided not to stop. Captain Georgiannakis Ioannis, second officer Galanos Athanasios, and another seaman have been in police custody since July 4th. The ship was proceeding towards Kochi for bunkering operations when the collision took place. Two people were killed in the accident, and one is missing, presumed dead. 2000-built, 25,955 gt Amber L is owned by Avenio Maritime SA of Athens, Greece, and managed by Karlog Shipping Co of the same city. It is entered with London P&I Club on behalf of Avenio Maritime SA.

The salvaging of general cargo ship Shuya (IMO 9105841) is proving problematic. Shuya ran aground in the Elbe estuary, northwest of Cuxhaven and en route to Frederica, Denmark from Gibraltar, on the evening of July 3rd, with 4000t of salt on board. The incident occurred shortly after the pilot boarded.

A third salvage attempt at the high tide on the night of July 5th to July 6th failed. Two tugs from Cuxhaven tried unsuccessfully to pull the vessel from the sand bar. On the night of July 6th to 7th an attempt by multi-purpose vessel Neuwerk also failed. It might be necessary to lighter the cargo of salt as well as the 40t of marine diesel in the fuel tanks.

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.