Marine accident round-up : 10th July 2018

Container ship Prosper (9159268) was reported to have been in a collision with a self-propelled sand barge in the Ho Chi Minh area on the Saigon River early on July 4th. The ship was proceeding downstream from the VICT container terminal and the 895-ton-barge reportedly sank after the collision. A crane barge was called to raise the wreck. 1997-built, Mongolia-flagged, 6,543 gt Prosper is owned by Vietnam Public Commercial bank care of manager Vsico shipping JSC of Hanoi City, Vietnam. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Vsico Shipping JSC.

On July 3rd the Philippines released 11 Bangladeshis, 51 Filipinos and four Chinese nationals who were detained by the Philippines Navy aboard  general cargo ship Diamond 8 (IMO 9054949) on April 11th. Charges against all the crew have been dropped and the ship has been allowed to leave the port. The navy intercepted the vessel while it was trying to unload 1,359 tonnes of rice. The Bangladeshi nationals were held as they could not provide proper documentation such as passports, according to officials of the Bangladesh foreign ministry. The vessel, which was handed over to the Customs Authority Philippines, has been kept at inner anchorage of Zamboanga port. 1992-built, Mongolia-flagged, 2,116 gt Diamond 8 is owned by Trumpway International Trading care of Chi-Ocean Intl Shipping Ltd of Hong Kong. Manager is Circle Ocean International of Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Hopper dredger Hegemann 1 (IMO 9113070) suffered damage west of Borkum island, north-western Germany, near the Horsborn Plate, during the night of July 1st and had to enter the port of Emden for a damage survey. During an inspection by divers, damage to the hull was found. On July 3rd the ship entered the Emder Yard EWD for repairs. The police also investigated some water pollution which was detected on July 3rd, possibly related to the ship’s accident. 1994-built, Germany-flagged, 2,090 gt Hegemann I is owned by Detlef Hegemann AG of Bremen, Germany. Commercial manager is Detlef Hegemann BV of Winschoten, Netherlands. ISM manager is Hegemann GmbH of Bremen, Germany. It is entered with Standard Club on behalf of Detlef Hegemann AG.

Ten people have been hospitalized for smoke poisoning after a fire on general cargo ship Eems Dundee (IMO 9658109) at Taurus Quay, Esbjerg, south-western Denmark, during the morning of July 6th. Several helicopters were called to the scene and the victims were flown to various hospitals. The fire reportedly broke out when wind turbines were being welded in the cargo compartment before transport to Uddevalla. Sydvestjysk’s Fire Department quickly gained control of the fire. 2013-built, Netherlands-flagged, 5,198 gt Eems Dundee is owned by Eems Dundee BV care of manager Amasus Support BV, Farmsum, Netherlands. ISM manager is Navis Shipmanagement BV of Harlingen, Netherlands. It is entered with North on behalf of Noord Nederlandsche P&I Club.

The condition of crude oil tanker CV Stealth (IMO 9292993) has been reported as effectively “past repair” after its detention on September 2014 by the Venezuelan police at Puerto La Cruz. The vessel was under a subcharter to Glencore-controlled ST Shipping & Transport at the time. 2005-built, Malta-flagged, 58,418 gt CV Stealth is owned by Psara Energy Ltd care of ST Shipping & Transport Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Psara Energy Ltd.

The Port Authority of Livorno has authorized the demolition of research vessel Urania (IMO 9013220). The wreck of the oceanographic research vessel has blocked the basin ‘Mediterraneo’ since it sank on August 25th 2015. Demolition could start within weeks, directly in the basin. The metal would be transferred by trucks for recycling and the work should last about a month. 1992-built, Italy-flagged, 1,115 gt Urania is owned and managed by Sopromar SpA of Naples, Italy.