Marine accident round-up : 9th January 2018

General cargo ship NK Khaleda (IMO 9044243) experienced main engine trouble and was adrift with 16 people on board near Kuala Lumpur on February 5th. The cause of incident is unknown. As of February 8th she was at anchor at Indo in the Malacca Strait. 1992-built, Togo-flagged, 1,831 gt NK Khaleda is owned by Khaleda Shipping SDN Bhd care of Neptune Fleet Managers Pte Ltd of Singapore.

Palletized cargo ship SC Nordic (IMO 8516900), suffered a generator defect and consequently was being unable to manoeuvre while en route from Sheerness to Amsterdam 2.9 nm from North Foreland Light House, Kent, England on February 4th. The vessel was drifting at 0.5 knots. The generator defects were rectified and the vessel continued her passage to Amsterdam, where she berthed on February 5th. 1986-built, Denmark-flagged, 4,876 gt SC Nordic is owned and managed by Norresundby Rederei & Shipping of Aalborg, Denmark. It is entered with Hydor.

After the fire aboard tug Indusbank (IMO 6818708) on February 1st an investigation into the cause began. Thanks to prompt action by the senior pilot, who immediately dislodged the connection to the tanker, worse potential danger was averted. After finding that the fire was extinguished the local fire service confirmed that the tug was safe to moor in the port of Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands. 1968-built, Bahamas-flagged, 369 gt Indusbank is owned by Smit Lamnal Co Ltd of Sharjah, UAE. Manager is Amit International Americas of Houston, Texas, US. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Smit Lamnal Co Ltd.

The captain of fishing vessel Playa Pesmar Uno (IMO 9281877) which was seized by the Argentine Navy, said they were in international waters and not in the waters of Argentina when the vessel was seized on February 4th. The Argentine Administration said that the ship was fishing at the height of Comodoro Rivadavia, in Patagonia inside the waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Coastguard demanded by radio the vessel to stop and the captain complied with the order and did not lift the nets that were down in the water at that time. A crew of the Coast Guard boarded the ship for an inspection and found 320,000 kilos of processed fish.

Fuel removal has been completed at grounded general cargo ship Berra G (IMO 8721349) and a wreck removal operation has begun. Berra G was dragged to ground by a storm during the night of January 18th in the Ereğli district of Zonguldak, Turkey, splitting in two when she hit rocks. The crew of 12 were rescued by Ereğli Municipality fire crews. The vessel had been en route from Izmir to Rostov-on-Don. The Coast Guard and port authority officials said measures would be taken to prevent the 26 tons of diesel on board from leaking into the sea. 1985-built, Comoros-flagged, 2,995 gt Berra G is owned by Muis Maritime Ltd Corp care of manager Sahin Deniz Kara Nakliye Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Lodestar on behalf of Muis Maritime Limited Corp.