Marine accident round-up : 8th March 2018

Container ship Cape Manila (IMO 9571313) suffered a leak in her main engine cooling pipe when about 10.5nm from Pendinnis Lighthouse, Isles of Scilly, on March 1st, while en route from Portbury, UK, to Brest, France. She continued her voyage the same day. 2011-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 35,708 gt Cape Manila is owned by Cape Manila Navigation Co Ltd care of manager Hanse Bereederungs GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European syndicate on behalf of Cape Manila Navigation Co Ltd).

General cargo ship Fei Yue 9 (IMO 9028639) is to be scrapped . The vessel sank outside of Quy Nhon, central Vietnam as a result of typhoon Damrey, which hit the region in early November 2017. The local authorities have approved plans for the vessel to be dismantled and sold. About 31 tonnes of oil were drained from the vessel shortly after the typhoon struck. 2004-built, Mongolia-flagged, 2,970 gt Fei Yue 9 is owned and managed by Foresight Marine Ltd of Hong Kong. ISM manager is Full Speed marine Ltd of Hong Kong.

Bulk carrier Panamax Alexander (IMO 9233492) suffered an engine breakdown about 490 miles southwest of Ireland during the evening of February 28th, going adrift at a speed of 1.8 knots. She was en route from Sept Iles, Canada, to Gent, carrying 70,250 mt of iron ore pellets. Repair works were carried out by the crew but on March 1 the owner requested that they not attempt to repair the propeller shaft vibration. A tug (Scandi Iceman) was contracted to tow the bulk carrier back to Brest or Falmouth and was expected to arrive at the scene within a couple of days. However, cyclonic weather was developing as storm Emma hit, with Beaufort scale 7 to 9 winds being recorded with a very rough sea. 2001-built, Cyprus-flagged, 38,928 gt Panamax Alexander is owned by Pacific Pearl Co Ltd care of manager Cyprus Sea Lines Co Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Britannia Club on behalf of Pacific Pearl Co Ltd.

Chemical oil products tanker North Sea Rational (IMO 9334296) ran aground in the northern embankment of the Kiel Canal before dawn on March 2nd while transiting westwards near Horsten, halfway between Rendsburg and Oldenbüttel, en route from Riga, Latvia. The tanker had suffered an engine failure and the crew was unable to restart the engine, Until tug Holtenau arrived from Kiel a couple of hours later the canal was closed to all ship traffic between Rendsburg and Breiholz. After the Holtenau connected with the vessel’s stern, one-way traffic was restored. The tanker was also stabilized by dropping the starboard anchor. Three and a half hours after the grounding the tugs managed to pull North Sea Rational off the embankment. She was towed to Breiholz for initial surveys before the convoy headed to Brunsbüttel, where the tanker berthed at the pilings of the South Quay for investigations and surveys. 2006-built, Malta-flagged, 3,991 gt North Sea Rational is owned by North Sea Chemicals AS care of manager V Ships Norway AS of Oslo, Norway. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Oslo 2) on behalf of member North Sea Brook.

General cargo ship Avalon (IMO 9387322) suffered significant damage on the starboard side during her transit of the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal during the morning of March 1st, having just departed Antwerp, bound for Sluiskil, Netherlands. The ship allided in strong winds with mooring bollards near Terneuzen, causing breaches several metres in length and a crack in a ballast water tank. A salvage company moved the ship to the quay. Ship traffic was not hampered. 2009-built, Netherlands-flagged, 2,545 gt Avalon is owned by Avalon BV care of manager Wagenborg Shipping BV of Delfzijl, Netherlands. ISM manager is Concurrent Shipmanagement BV of Delfzijl, Netherlands. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Avalon BV.

The US Coast Guard said that it had responded to the sinking of tug Nancy C at mile marker 832 of Everett Lake near Dyersburg, Tennessee, on March 6th. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a report that the Choctaw Transportation Co’s was in the process of building a tow at a fleeting area when the Nancy C began taking on water. While attempting to dewater the vessel, the two crew members aboard departed to retrieve another dewatering pump. Upon their return, the stern of the vessel had sunk. Approximately 3.000 gallons of diesel were estimated to be on board. A boom was deployed to prevent oil pollution.

Fishing vessel Langeri (IMO 8834536) suffered a fishing net entanglement with her propeller while in the Tatary Strait, Isle of Sakhalin, Russia and became disabled during the afternoon of February 28th. She was towed to the port of Kholmsk. The Russia-flagged 810 gt vessel was built in 1990.