Marine accident round-up : 9th April 2021

Ro-ro cargo ferry Sixtine (IMO 9831165) contacted with the Calandbrug Bridge, Botlek, Rotterdam, on arrival from Hull during the morning of April 7th. The ship suffered a breach in starboard ballast tank area above waterline, followed by a ballast water leak. As of the early evening of April 8th the ship remained at Rotterdam. Strong winds with sudden gusts were thought to be the cause of the accident.

2019-built, Malta-flagged, 50,443 gt Sixtine is owned by Shiplux XIII SA care of manager Cobelfret Ferries NV of Antwerp, Belgium. ISM manager is Anglo-Eastern Ship NL of Goes, Netherlands. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Oslo 1) on behalf of CLdN Malta Ltd.

General cargo ship Elise (IMO 9454462) broke loose from its moorings in Littlehampton on the south coast of England on March 30th and drifted across the shipping channel before running aground in the mouth of the River Arun. The Elise had entered the harbour early on March 30th, arriving from Antwerp, and unloading of its cargo began. As the tide fell and it settled on the mud berth, one of the mooring lines parted at 03:30. The vessel’s stern then moved out approximately 30 metres into the river before coming to rest on the remaining mooring lines. The vessel was stuck along its full length. No damage to the vessel was reported and there was no pollution or injuries to the crew. For other ships there was enough room to squeeze past close to the western bank. To protect other users of the river a 300-metre stretch of the river was closed as the tide rose. At 14:00 the Elise was freed by a tug, secured back at the berth and able to continue offloading its cargo. As of April 8th the vessel was at anchor off Llanddulas, North Wales.

2007-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 1,917 gt Elise is owned by Elise CV care of manager Scheepvaartbedrijf van Dam of Farmsum, Netherlands. It is entered with Standard Club (London Class) on behalf of Noord Nederlandsche P & I Club.

General cargo ship Batuhan A (IMO 7947049) ran aground on April 2nd when approaching Karabiga port, Marmara sea, Turkey. 1971-built, Turkey-flagged, 736 gt Gunerler 1 is owned by Tutun Finansal Kiralama AS of Istanbul, Turkey. It is managed by Gunerler Turizm Nakliyat of Istanbul, Turkey.

General cargo ship River Elbe (IMO 8602945) suffered an engine failure during the morning of April 1st while transiting the Bosphorus in a southern direction, en route from Novorossiysk, Russia, to the UK. The vessel dropped emergency anchor to avoid drifting. Tugs arrived and the ship completed its transit, understood under tow, and was anchored at Ahirkapi anchorage, Istanbul, Marmara sea, later the same day. As of the evening of April 8th local time the vessel was at anchor off the island of Elafnisos, southern Greece.

1986 –built, Panama-flagged, 1,951 gt River Elbe is owned by River Elbe Shipping Ltd care of manager Wakes & Co of London, UK.