Marine accident round-up : 10th June 2021

Search and Rescue teams recovered the body of the engineer of offshore tug/supply ship Inspecta 7 (IMO 9198343), who went missing when the tug sank in early June in Ras Gharib. The body of Adel Nassar was found early on June 5th inside the wreck. His body was transported by ambulance to Ras Gharib Hospital. Captain Yousry Sultan also drowned while observing the rescue of the crew. He refused to abandon the ship while it was sinking until the 11 crew members were rescued. Preliminary investigations revealed that the ship had collided with the wreckage of a sunken boat at the bottom of the sea.

1999-built, Egypt-flagged, 1,267 gt Inspecta 7 is owned and managed by Inspecta International Group of Alexandria, Egypt.

Several fire crews responded to a fire in the engine room of tug Kaweka (IMO 9819258) while it was berthed at the Higgins & Gedds Wharves at Napier Port, New Zealand, during the night of June 6th. Napier fire crews were called to assist. The tug crew activated a suppression C02 fire extinguishing system, which was able to get the fire quickly under control. An investigation found the fire was accidentally caused during operations to remove cargo and started in the upper hold of the ship. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) launched an investigation into the fire. As of June 9th the vessel was underway outside Napier Port.

2019-built, New Zealand-flagged, 299 gt Kaweka is owned and managed by Napier Port Ltd of Napier, New Zealand.

The Maltese authorities banned cruise ship MSC Seaside (IMO 9745366) from entering the port of Malta on June 7th because a passenger tested positive for Covid-19 during the voyage, which had started from Syracuse on June 1st. The ship was scheduled to have made a stop in Malta. The ship arrived back in the port of Syracuse early on June 8th. As of June 9th the vessel was at the port of Taranto, southern Italy.

2017-built, Malta-flagged, 153,516 gt MSC Seaside is owned by CNS Compania Naviera Seaside 1 care of manager MSC Crociere SPA of Naples, Italy. ISM manager is MSC Cruise Management UK Ltd of Uxbridge, UK. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European Division) on behalf of CNS Compania Naviera Seaside 1 SA

The Port Authority of Rafina, Greece, during the morning of June 8th that a crew member of Passenger/Cargo RoRo Fast Ferries Andros (IMO 8907280) had slipped and had suffered a head injury while picking up the mooring rope on the bow of the ship. The 62-year-old man was transported unconscious in an ambulance to the General Hospital of Athens. As of June 9th the vessel was underway, at Mykonos port, Greece.

1989-built, Greece-flagged, 4,682 gt Fast Ferries Andros is owned by Andros Fast Ferries Maritime care of manager Panagiotakis of Piraeus, Greece. ISM manager is Cyclades Fast Ferries Maritime of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Andros Fast Ferries Maritime Co.