A fire broke out in the engine compartment of the pipe layer platform Castoro Sei (IMO 8758603) on January 4th while she was docked at the Eurogate terminal in Limassol, Cyprus. All 172 crew members were evacuated as a precaution. The fire was brought under control and then extinguished by the fire rescue after several hours. The Bahamas-flagged, 31,506 gt platform was scheduled to be moved to Egypt.
Wood chip carrier Daio Southern Cross (IMO 9566629) was in collision with the inland cargo ship NB-8836 shortly after midnight on January 7th in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, having commenced sailing from Cai Lan, Vietnam, to Mishima, Japan, on January 6th. The barge, which was loaded with 1,580 tons of cement, broke in two and sank. Four of its five crew members were rescued, but one man was later recovered dead. The wood chip carrier had a crew of 20 Filipinos at the time. It moored on Hon Gai Anchorage for investigations.
2012-built, Panama-flagged, 49,098 gt Daio Southern Cross is owned by Primavera Montana SA care of Shunzan Kaiun Co Ltd, Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. Manager is NYK Line of Tokyo, Japan. ISM manager is Misuga Kaiun Co Ltd of Shikokuchuo-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Primavera Montana SA.
Cargo ship Louise Auerbach (IMO 9388895) ran aground in the Kiel Canal between Suchsdorf and the locks in Kiel-Holtenau during the early afternoon of January 6th while en route from Rauma, Finland. The canal was temporarily completely blocked. Tug Stein was called from Kiel and pulled the grounded ship to the Voith Quay in Kiel later that afternoon. 2007-built, Liberia-flagged, 9,611 gt Louise Auerbach is owned by Auerbach Schiff 6 GmbH care of manager Auerbach Bereederung GmbH & Co KG of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Skuld (Hamburg business unit) on behalf of Auerbach Bereederung GmbH & Co.
Two Ukrainian sailors who were crew members of the chemical/oil products tanker Anuket Amber (IMO 9395733) and offshore tug/supply ship Ark Tze (IMO 9418767) have been released by pirates, according to a January 5th report that was apparently confirmed by the Ukraine foreign ministry. They were abducted by pirates on October 29th 2018 off Pointe Noire, Congo. The released crew members were expected to be repatriated in the coming days. Chemical/oil products tanker Anuket Amber was bunkering LPG tanker BW Frigg (IMO 9733337), when pirates attacked both ships. BW Frigg managed to escape, but the Anuket Amber was hijacked. Later the same day pirates attacked Ark Tze and kidnapped four crew members. The hostages were later transferred to Anuket Amber.
2008-built, Panama-flagged, 6,952 gt Anuket Amber is owned by Anuket Amber Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd of Glasgow, UK. It is entered with Swedish Club (Gothenburg team) on behalf of Anuket Amber Shipping Co Ltd.
2009-built, Singapore-flagged, 2,310 gt Ark Tze is owned by Silver Maritime Pte Ltd care of manager RK8 Offshore Shipmanagement Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo Office) on behalf of Silver Maritime Pte Ltd.
Fish carrier Ou Ya Leng 6 (IMO 8782862) ran aground on Taka Atoll in the Marshall Islands on January 2nd. A Coast Guard aircrew made contact with the mariners, who were awaiting rescue on board the vessel. Officials said no injuries were reported. A Marshall Islands patrol vessel and a Chinese-flagged fishing vessel rescued the crew on Saturday January 5th. The cause of the grounding was not immediately clear. The incident was being treated as a crime scene, government officials in the Pacific Ocean archipelago said on January 7th, claiming that the ship was not licensed to operate in the Marshall Islands EEZ. Why the vessel was there at all remains something of a mystery. The 24-member crew arrived in the capital Majuro on January 6th after being rescued by a government patrol boat and a Chinese fishing vessel, with the US Coast Guard providing aerial reconnaissance. Investigators were interviewing the crew. Other officials were heading to the scene of the incident to inspect the vessel and assess damage to the atoll. It was feared there might be additional impacts if the squid supplier began to leak fuel. 2015-built, China-flagged, 3,289 gt Ou Ya Leng 6 is owned and managed by Ningbo Eurasian Ocean Fishery of Zhejiang, China.
Self-discharging bulk carrier OC Aggnes (IMO 9440447) allided with the South Quay of Emden while leaving for Jelsa, Croatia during the evening of January 4th. The ship suffered a breach in the hull about 2.5m above the waterline. It was detained until repairs were completed and a class inspection. 2010-built, Malta-flagged, 19,538 gt OC Aggnes is owned by Pelican Waters Investments Ltd care of manager Ocean Challenger Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is MCL Shipping of Shandong, China. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Pelican Waters Investments Ltd.
Bulk carrier Sea Dolphin C (IMO 9486427) allided with oil products tanker Maiden Alpha (IMO 8818245) on January 4th at Chittagong Outer Anchorage. Both vessels sustained damage.
2011-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 23,236 gt Sea Dolphin C is owned by Transit Shipping Ltd care of manager Cebi Kaptan Denizcilik ve Ticaret AS of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group London L4) on behalf of Transit Shipping Ltd.
1991-built, Palau-flagged, 9,959 gt Maiden is owned by Gemini Marine No 5 Ltd care of Green Ocean Ship Management Pvt Ltd Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India.
Cargo ship Qezban (IMO 9457189) suffered a fire in her engine room late on January 8th while transiting the Dardanelles Strait in an eastern direction, en route from Lavrio to Yalova with 242 trucks on board. Several tugs and firefighting teams of the General Directorate of Coastal Safety were sent to the scene, and reportedly the fire was put out within a short time. However, the Dardanelles Strait was closed to transit on the north side for security reasons. The ship was later waiting for a permit for port entry by the Çanakkale Port Authority. 2010-built, Turkey-flagged, 29,004 gt Qezban is owned by Alternative Tasimacilik AS of Istanbul, Turkey. It is managed by GRNF Denizcilik Ve Insaat of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Alternative Tasimacilik Anonim Sirketi.