Marine accident round-up : 10th January 2021

Fishing vessel Northern Celt (IMO 9211925) has been blocked from entering waters around Rockall in the North Atlantic. The vessel was boarded by the Marine Scotland patrol boat Jura off Rockall on January 4th. Its captain Adrian McClenaghan had requested clarification on the access rights granted by his licence to fish in UK waters. He was told that, as a result of the UK leaving the EU, he could no longer fish within 12nm of the eroded volcano. The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs said it was aware of the incident and has been in contact with UK and Scottish authorities.

The seabed around Rockall has been the subject of rival claims from Ireland, Iceland and Denmark (on behalf of the Danish Faroe Islands).

A temporary licence was issued to the Northern Celt to fish in UK waters, with the stipulation that, as an EU Vessel, it is not authorised to fish within 12nm of Rockall.

2000-built, Ireland-flagged, 190 gt Northern Celt is owned and managed by Northern Celt Ltd of Greencastle, Co Donegal, Ireland.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Trans-St.-Laurent (IMO 5409586) allided with a caisson and the dock during the afternoon of January 4th, while manoeuvring to a lay-up berth in the Port of Quebec. 1963-built, Canada-flagged, 2,173 gt Trans-St-Laurent is owned by Riviere Du Loup-St Simon and managed by Clarke Inc of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  It is entered with Shipowners Club on behalf of Clarke Inc.