Marine accident round-up : 10th June 2020

Heavy load carrier Super Servant 4 (IMO 8025343) with five luxury yachts on her cargo deck developed a heavy starboard list at Palma, Majorca, Spain, on June 8th. The ship apparently was only saved from capsizing by her mooring lines. A faulty ballasting system was thought to be the cause of the trouble. By later in the day the situation had been brought under control and the ship had been stabilized. 1982-built, Curacao-flagged, 12,642 gt Super Servant 4 is owned by Shuttle Shipping NV care of manager Spliethoff Transport  BV of Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Offshore Division) on behalf of Shuttle Shipping NV.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Olympus (IMO 7432733) allided with the quay in the commercial port of Rethymnon, Crete, Greece at noon on June 6th during its mooring operations on the scheduled route Piraeus – Milos – Thira – Rethymnon. After the ship was moored, the 108 passengers were disembarked. No injuries were reported and no marine pollution was reported. However, abrasions were found at the stern of the ship, as well as a crack in a starboard side tank about 1.50 metres above the waterline, covering an area of about three metres. The Port Authority of Rethymnon banned the ferry from sailing until the presentation of a certificate of class maintenance by the attending classification society. 1976-built, Cyprus-flagged, 12,338 gt Olympus is owned and managed by Sea Speed Lines Shipping Co of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club. 1976-built, Cyprus-flagged, 12,338 gt Olympus is owned and managed by Sea Speed Lines Shipping Co of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Sea Speed Lines Shipping Co.

A 67-year-old man who had been adrift for several weeks on a disabled yacht was rescued hundreds of miles off the coast of Alaska with help of containership President Eisenhower (IMO 9295220) and the US Coast Guard. At about 09:00 on Thursday June 4th, US Coast Guard District 17 command centre watchstanders received a distress alert from sailing vessel Miss Lilly, in which the man aboard reported his vessel to be disabled and adrift roughly 500nm south-southwest of Dutch Harbor, and that he was in need of assistance. Along with a USCG cutter and an aircraft, the crew of US-flagged containership President Eisenhower responded and diverted 30nm to assist the stranded yachtsman. The containership arrived on-scene and established verbal communications with the man, who wanted to abandon his by-now unseaworthy and unsafe vessel. The crew of the President Eisenhower launched one of their small boats, retrieved the distressed sailor and brought him aboard. Adam DeRocher, the District 17 Senior Search and Rescue Controller, said that “this individual is very lucky the motor vessel President Eisenhower was relatively close and answered our urgent broadcast to assist-their efforts are commendable. The sailing vessel Miss Lilly was so far away from our assets it would have taken much longer for us to arrive on scene to assist.” It transpired that all of the sailing vessel’s sails were ripped, the engine was inoperable and the electronics all failed except for his EPIRB, which he activated in distress.

2005-built, USA-flagged, 82,794 gt President Eisenhower is owned by Wilmington Trust/APL & Others care of manager APL Maritime Ltd of Bethesda, Maryland, USA. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of President Eisenhower Trust.

LPG tanker Annie Gas 09 (IMO 9156797) was reported to have collided with fishing vessel TH 90282 in Gulf of Tonkin early on June 9th, SSE of Haiphong, while en route from Dongguan to Haiphong, Vietnam. The fishing vessel was understood to have sunk, with three of the seven rescued, but four remaining missing. 1997-built, Vietnam-flagged, 4,002 gt Annie Gas 09 is owned and managed by Nhat Viet Transportation Corp of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Nhat Viet Transportation Corp.