Marine accident round-up : 10th October 2018

The owners of container ship Unlimited 2 (IMO 8630241) have agreed to dismantle the grounded vessel after it was concluded by experts that the vessel was seriously damaged and could not be towed. The Environmental Protection Agency was supervising the dismantling operations and it may be completed by the end of October. The vessel grounded on rocks and tetrapods at the shore near Kaohsiung Port, Taiwan, on August 23rd amid a severe storm. Sea water flooded the engine room. 1986-built, Panama-flagged, 2,363 gt Unlimited 2 is owned by Shantou Shunhai Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Sun Rising Shipmanagement Co Ltd of Hong Kong.

General cargo ship Lyrika (IMO 9080675) suffered a rudder failure on the Weser off Bremen-Farge during the afternoon of October 1st while en route from Bremen to Hamburg. The ship veered off course and slammed into a dredger barge which was moored nearby. The barge suffered scratches and a towing wire on the starboard side connecting the barge to a tug, broke. The cargo ship suffered only slight damage and was able to proceed to Brake for investigations. Lyrika left Brake during the afternoon of October 2nd and arrived in Hamburg early on October 4th. 1994-built, Lithuania-flagged, 1,909 gt Lyrika is owned and managed by Baltnautic Shipping Ltd of Klaipeda, Lithuania. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of Baltnautic Shipmanagement Ltd (note that Equasis lists insurer as NNPC, but the vessel does not appear in that club’s database. It does appear in the British Marine database).

General cargo ship Griftbor (IMO 9116008) ran aground shortly after leaving Hargshamn shortly before noon on October 5th while en route to Stockholm. She had veered off the fairway after a blackout and ran aground at about four or five knots . There was some damage to the ballast tanks in the foreship. No oil leakage was observed. The Swedish Coast Guard sent two patrol boats to help. A Coast Guard diver investigated the hull. On October 6th the ship refloated under her own power and returned to Hargsham. The ship was scheduled to be surveyed over the weekend regarding its seaworthiness. 1995-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 2,771 gt Griftbor is owned by Course Shipping Co Ltd care of manager MPV Management Ltd of Tallinn, Estonia.

Bulk carrier Paganini (IMO 9422328) has been alleged to have disposed of its untreated sewage into German territorial waters. During a Marpol control check by the water police station Brunsbüttel in Elbehafen on October 5th officers found that the wastewater treatment plant has apparently been subject to no maintenance for some time. The sewage of the ship had a strong turbidity and strong smell shortly before the outboard pump. Furthermore, the wrong disinfectant was in use and the sewage sludge return line was clogged. The police said that as a result of these shortcomings the ship might have leaked some 950 litres of untreated sewage into German waters during its last voyage. After a presentation by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, a security deposit of €800 was asked from the Chief Engineer who was responsible for the violation of the marine environment code. There were also minor deficiencies in the documentation in the oil journal and in the ballast water diary. 2008-built. Portugal-flagged, 40,170 gt Paganini is owned by Bomar Paganini LLC of Majuro, Marshall Islands. It is managed by Borealis Maritime Ltd of London, UK. ISM manager is Laeisz Reederei of Rostock, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Borealis Maritime Ltd.  Claims leader for Hull and Machinery is Norwegian Hull Club, with Gard having a subscription position.