Marine accident round-up : 8th December 2017

General cargo ship Sheng Hai (IMO 8823343) sank on the afternoon of December 4th in the Yellow sea, halfway between Weihai and Incheon. Seven of the 10 crew members were rescued, but three are missing. The South Korean Coast Guard received a distress call from the ship at 16:23 local time, but Chinese SAR ships were first on the scene. The area is a joint responsibility of the China and South Korea SARs. A dozen or so containers were seen drifting near the sinking site. 1989-built, Niue-flagged, 1,321 gt Sheng Hai is owned and managed by Prosperity Navigation Inc of Belize City, Belize.

Container ship Katharina Schepers (IMO 9584865) allided with a dolphin at canal km 92 while transiting west in the Kiel Canal from Helsingborg to Bremerhaven during the morning of December 2nd. The ship continued her voyage with police at Brunsbüttel inspecting the hull for damage. She continued her voyage late on December 3rd. 2012-built, Cyprus-flagged, 10,318 gt Katharina Schepers is owned by Highseas Shipping Seven BV care of manager HS Schiffahrts GmbH & Co KG of Haren (Ems), Germany. ISM manager is HS Bereederungs GmbH of Haren (Ems), Germany.

The stern of general cargo ship Siegfried Lehmann (IMO 9325142) allided with chemical oil products tanker Manas (IMO 9447055) when entering the Southern lock in Brunsbüttel during the morning of December 3rd. Manas at the time was moored at the middle wall of the lock changer. The starboard-side boat davits of the Siegfried Lehmann were damaged, as was the railing of the tanker. The Manas continued her voyage from Hamburg to Rotterdam at noon, but the Siegfried Lehmann, en route from Kolding to Seville, was detained for checks. On December 7th it was moored at Cuxhaven. 2005-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 3,183 gt Siegfried Lehmann is owned by Siegfried Lehmann care of manager Lehmann Reederei GmbH of Lübeck, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I Club (Bermuda) on behalf of MS Siegfried Lehmann Schifffahrts-GmbH & Co KG. 2008-built, Malta-flagged, 7,260 gt Manas is owned by Manas Shipping Ltd care of manager Tune Chemical Tankers BV of Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands. It is entered with Gard P&I Club (Bermuda) on behalf of  Manas Shipping Ltd.

General cargo ship Lady Bo (IMO 8212350) was detained in the port of Oristano, western Sardinia on December 5th with a crew of 17, mainly from Azerbaijan and Ukraine. The Italian Coast Guard found several safety failures on board. The oily water separator and the alarm for a possible fuel overflow on the main engine were not functioning. The main fire-fighting line was damaged. In addition the hydrocarbon records were incorrect. The ship had arrived to unload about 5,000 tons of sunflower flour, in pellet form. She will only be released having restored the necessary conditions for safe navigation at sea. As of December 7th, the vessel remained moored in Oristano.

1984-built, Panama-flagged, 4,294 gt Lady Bo is owned by AS-UL Global Petroleum of the Marshall Islands, and managed by Shipstar Shipping Services Inc of Delaware, USA. It is entered with Lodestar on behalf of Az-Ul Global Petroleum & Construction Foreign Trade Co.

General cargo ship Carib Palm (IMO 7623083) which has been inactive in the port of Boulogne since local customs seized it two years ago, will be recycled. There was no bid for the ship in an auction at the beginning of 2017. A subsequent tender was won by industrial group Les recycleurs Bretons. The vessel will soon leave for Brittany. Carib Palm was intercepted by customs, carrying more than two tons of cocaine, in mid-December 2015. Since then, the 12 crew members have been in prison. 1977-built, Moldova-flagged, 1,467 gt Carib Palm is owned and managed by Carib Coastal Marine Shipping of Bequia, St Vincent & The Grenadines. According to database, it is entered with Raets Marine.