Marine accident round-up : 10th March 2021

The USCG has concluded its monitoring of a diesel fuel clean-up near Sitka, Alaska. It said that fishing vessel Haida Lady had been raised with lift bags and dewatering pumps, and was tied-off to shore. About 1,550 gallons of diesel fuel and oily water mixture were removed from the vessel’s fuel tanks. A further 275 gallons of oil products were recovered from the water with the help of 72 sections of absorbent boom. All recovered oil products and the net were transferred to the vessel Eyak for proper disposal. Oil spill response organization Hanson Marine left the scene after the vessel was tied-off to shore. It was not yet known if there had been any environmental impact. No wildlife had been observed within the area of cleaning. USCG Marine Safety Detachment Sitka will continue to monitor the vessel’s condition, as well as working with the vessel owner to mitigate any concerns.

A medical evacuation from chemical/oil products tanker Kongo Star (IMO 9508823) was necessary during the afternoon of March 7th and was expedited by Troon and Arran lifeboats. The vessel had been at anchor in Brodick Bay. Also tasked was the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter, Rescue 199. Two lifeboat crew from the Troon all-weather lifeboat were put on board the tanker to assist the helicopter crew with the stretcher transfer. Once the casualty was safely winched on board the helicopter and heading to hospital, the lifeboats were stood down by Belfast Coastguard.

2010-built, Malta-flagged, 8,581 gt Kongo Star is owned by Valloeby Kongo Star care of manager CST Schifffahrts GmbH & Co KG of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Hamburg) on behalf of CST Schifffahrts GmbH & Co KG.

After the completion of cargo discharge from RoRo containership Gallipoli Seaways (IMO 9215476) was completed by the ferry terminal team at Tuzla, Turkey, the ferry was shifted from the terminal to the Sedef Shipyard to carry out permanent repairs. The repair works have been commenced by the shipyard team. A fire broke out on the upper deck of the Gallipoli Seaways during the afternoon of February 11th, off Bozcaada Island, between Izmir and Istanbul, while the vessel was transiting the Dardanelles en route from Tuzla to Trieste. There were 22 crew, two passengers and 220 vehicles on board. A lifeboat, a tug and six fast-rescue boats were dispatched to the scene. The crew initially tackled the fire themselves. The ferry was diverted to Akçansa Port because of the rough weather, which had been hampering firefighting. The fire was then tackled by shore based fire fighters. The fire, which was understood to have broken out in one of the vehicles on a cargo deck, was then brought under control.

2001-built, Turkey-flagged, 26,525 gt Gallipoli Seaways is owned and managed by DFDS Denizcilik ve Tasimacilik of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with West of England (European Claims team) on behalf of DFDS Denizcilik ve Tasimacilik AS