Marine accident round-up : 10th January 2019

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is continuing to investigate the engine room fire on cargo ship Tecumseh (IMO 7225855) which occurred on December 15th 2019 near Zug Island on the American side of the Detroit River. The ship remained berthed in Windsor. The fire caused extensive damage to the vessel. The TSB deployed a team of investigators to the Tecumseh on December 17th to gather information and access the occurrence. 1973-built, Canada-flagged, 18,049 gt Tecumseh is owned and managed by Lower Lakes Towing Ltd of Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd.

Estonian registered barge Trias broke loose from towing vessel Raduga Europe (IMO 8518168) twice in the Baltic Sea on December 31st 2019 while en route from Gdynia, Poland, to Hamina, Finland. The tug informed the port of Ventspils after the first incident that the empty coal barge could be recovered and asked permission to enter port due to the raging storm. However, after permission to enter port was given, the barge broke loose again, and the ropes fouled the tug’s propeller. The bow of Raduga Europe was damaged through collisions with the barge. The barge drifted aground 8.5 miles north of Ventspils. Meanwhile the tug had to be repaired in Ventspils, where it berthed on December 31st. Ongoing adverse weather conditions did not allow the barge to be pulled off the beach. She had two tons of diesel fuel on board but there was no apparent threat to the environment.

1986-built, St Vincent and Grenadines-flagged, 408 gt Raduga Europe is owned and managed by Raduga Ship management of Harjumaa, Estonia.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Terubuk I, (IMO 9027439) suffered a leak in her hull after waves smashed the ship against the quay in Waipirit, West Seram Regency, Indonesia. After ensuing water ingress the boat threatened to sink on January 2nd. The captain had decided to leave the port of Waipirit early due to the waves, but allided with the pier with the port side stern of the ferry. He then intentionally grounded the ferry, which had 64 passengers, 19 bikes, seven vehicles and two freight units aboard, about 1km from Waipirit, because of the danger of sinking. Passengers were evacuated with life rafts. The 10 crew members remained aboard. 2001-built, Indonesia-flagged, 399 gt Terubuk 1 is owned by Indonesian Government  Min Land Comms care of manager ASDP Indonesia Ferry of Jakarta, Indonesia.

The US Coast Guard and the crew of LPG tanker Sahara Gas (IMO 9748215) assisted two mariners from disabled sailing vessel  Rhapsody during the afternoon of January 2nd, approximately 288 miles east southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command centre received an emergency position indicating radio beacon shortly after midnight. Once on scene, the Sahara Gas reported two people aboard a 37-foot sailing vessel that had become disabled after an engine room fire. Because of high seas the tanker was unable to lower a life boat to render assistance. The air crew of the HC-144 Ocean Sentry arrived on scene and established a communications schedule with the two mariners aboard the Rhapsody. With weather deteriorating, a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched to conduct a hoist, as well as a Coast Guard Aviation Training Centre Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew to provide communications support. About 10 hours after the first mayday, the MH-65 helicopter crew hoisted the two mariners and transferred them to Air Station Houston. 2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 25,051 gt Sahara Gas is owned by Ocean Vessels Ltd care of manager West Africa LPG Ltd Ltd of Totola, British Virgin Islands. ISM manager is V Ships Asia Group Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European syndicate) on behalf of Ocean Vessels Ltd.

Two Bulgarian crew members have been washed overboard by a wave from the bulk carrier Stara Planina (IMO 9381873) during the morning of January 2nd in the Norwegian sea, 210 miles Southwest of Bodø. The crew of the bulk carrier started an SAR operation. The remaining crew threw out fluids and marker buoys, but it was uncertain if the two missing ones got hold of them. Two Norwegian SAR helicopters were deployed. Neither victim had been wearing life jackets while carrying out a job on the open deck. And both were believed to have died. A SeaKing helicopter was deployed and observed two lifebuoys, one with light and one without, but the two missing men were not found. The search for the two ended that evening without success. The ship was en route from Murmansk to Constanta at the time of the incident. 2007-built, Malta-flagged, 25,327 gt Stara Planina is owned by Stara Planina Shipping Ltd care of manager Navigation Maritime Bulgare of Varna, Bulgaria. It is entered with West of England Club (Eastern Claims Team) on behalf of Stara Planina Shipping Ltd

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Bjørnefjord (IMO 9013098) allided with the berth at Lauvvik late on January 3rd, resulting in damage to the ferry. The quay corner also suffered some minor damage. The area was experiencing strong winds at the time. An inspection began to determine the extent of the damage and how long it might take to repair. It was estimated that it could take up to a week in Stavanger before the ferry is ready again. 1990-built, Norway-flagged, 2,871 gt Bjornefjord is owned and managed by Norled AS of Stavanger, Norway. ISM manager is Tide ASA of Bergen, Norway.

Livestock carrier Mira (IMO 8300157) which had been in allision with an anchored vessel while manoeuvring at Istanbul anchorage on November 29th 2019, and had suffered structural damage to the side shell plating, was shifted to the Yasarsan Shipyard in Altinova for repairs on December 25th. Upon arrival at the shipyard, a damage survey was carried out by the class surveyor. Steel cutting operation has commenced and tightness test will be conducted upon completion of steel replacement and other repairs. 1983-built, Comoros-flagged, 2,936 gt Mira is owned by Gold Coast Shipping Corp care of manager El-Amira For Maritime Agencies of Alexandria, Egypt. ISM manager is Arab Ship Management Ltd of Amman, Jordan.