Marine accident round-up : 10th February 2020

Vehicles carrier Main Highway (IMO 9179983) allided with the wall of the Northern Lock in Brunsbüttel during the early evening of February 8th following a westbound transit of the Kiel Canal en route from Söertalje to Cuxhaven. The hull suffered a breach above the water line and the vessel was detained by the police for investigations, 1998-built, Cyprus-flagged, 9,223 gt Main Highway is owned by UCC Short Seas, care of manager ‘K’Line European Sea Highway Services (KESS) of Bremen, Germany. ISM manager is Stargate Shipmanagement GmbH of Bremen, Germany, It is entered with Gard on behalf of UCC Short Sea AS.

A work accident on fishing boat Asbjørn Selsbane (IMO 9657193) on February 7th 155nm west of Mo in Rana saw a 65-year-old man die instantly. The cause of the accident was not yet known. The vessel headed to Bodø for forensic investigation The vessel berthed on February 8th at 13:30. 2013-built, Norway-flagged 1,191 gt Asbjorn Selsbane is owned and managed by Asbjørn Selsbane AS of Kvaloysletta, Norway. It is entered with Gard &I on behalf of Asbjørn Selsbane AS.

Tankship Rinella M (IMO 9351529) was successfully refloated in Split, Croatia during the afternoon of February 7th and was docked at the container terminal Divers started an inspection of the hull. Early on February 6th the Rinella M ran aground east of the islet Barbarinac in Split. The tanker was torn off the moorings of the INA terminal in Solin by winds which had battered the area with hurricane force throughout the night. The vessel had completed offloading its cargo. All 22 crew remained on board and were safe. No pollution was reported, but the fire department was ready to deploy oil barriers with a fire boat if needed. 2006-built, Italy-flagged, 25,864 gt Rinella M is owned and managed by Augusta Due Srl of Rome, Italy. It is entered with Standard Club on behalf of Augusta Due Srl.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Giraglia (IMO 8013235) struck a rock some minutes after leaving Gallura, Sardinia, on February 6th. The hull was breached to a length of eight metres and a width of 40cm. The pumps were able to cope with the flooding while the ferry returned to the dock. It was listing to port. The 69 passengers and the crew except one officer were disembarked. There were no injuries or oil spills, but the ferry connection between Corsica and Sardinia was suspended, that being the only ferry that connected the two islands during the winter months. The ship was sidelined in the port of Santa Teresa di Gallura and divers were sent down to check the hull. An oil boom was laid out. The accident occurred during the first departure of the ferry after two days of bad weather had halted sailings. That guaranteed that the ship would be fully loaded with passengers and vehicles. The La Maddalena port authority, which has jurisdiction over Santa Teresa Gallura, immediately began investigating the accident. The crew of the ‘Giraglia’ spent the night ashore for safety reasons. On February 7th, technicians were sent from Olbia in order to start repairs to enable the ferry to be towed to Livorno for permanent repairs.

1981-built, Italy-flagged, 2,123 gt Giraglia is owned and managed by Moby SpA of Portoferraio, Italy. It is entered with Standard Club on behalf of Moby SpA.