Marine accident round-up : 10th September 2019

Spanish minesweeper Turia has been successfully refloated and returned to the naval base at Cartagena, Spain. The vessel arrived at the base Tuesday night after salvors finished their preparations and pulled her off of a rocky shoal at La Manga, a narrow peninsula near Cartagena, where the Turia grounded last week. Civilian salvage contractors placed float bags around and within the Turia to aid in her removal. Towing began at about 16:00 and the vessel was back at her base the same evening. The refloating had originally been scheduled for last Monday but was set back a day due to poor weather conditions on scene. The Turia grounded during a search for a downed Spanish Air Force C-101 training jet on August 27th. She suffered hull damage and flooding in several compartments. The Spanish Navy responded by lightering off her fuel to prevent pollution and reduce her draught.

Cargo ship Kelly (IMO 9255622) caught fire during the afternoon of September 6th on the River Elbe in Germany between Otterndorf and Brunsbüttel, while en route from Rotterdam to Kaliningrad. Three crew members were injured and taken to nearby hospitals. The Central Command for Maritime Emergencies was coordinating the response. No pollutants were spilled and ship traffic on the Elbe remained unaffected. The ship could be towed into the Elbe Port Brunsbüttel. One of the three crew members injured in the engine room fire subsequently died, while another had injuries described as life-threatening. The third suffered severe burns. The ship had a crew of 13 on board when the fire broke out. The ship remained moored off Otternorf, being secured by tugs. 2004-built, Malta-flagged, 6,361 gt Kelly is owned by HS Keely OU care of manager Hansa Shipping Ltd-MTA of Valletta, Malta. ISM manager is Hansa Ship Management OU of Tallinn, Estonia.,kelly352.html

Cargo ship Samskip Innovator (IMO 9436214) suffered water ingress at Tilbury, UK, on August 20th Port Authorities, Maritime & Coastguard agency, Surveyors and insurers inspected the vessel. After arrangements were made, the vessel sailed to Rotterdam on September 2nd. She berthed at the Damen Shipyard for repairs on September 5th 2011-built, Cyprus-flagged, 7,852 gt Samskip Innovator is owned by Samskip Innovator BV care of manager Meyering Bereederungs GmbH & Co KG of Haren (Ems), Germany. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Oslo 1) on behalf of Samskip Innovator BV.

General cargo ship Saba Niaga (IMO 8622024), caught fire in the waters of the Barito River at Muara Tamban, Batola, South Kalimantan, during the morning of September 6th, while en route from Martapura Baru Port, Banjarmasin, to Tanjung Selor Kaltim Port, in East Kalimantan. The fire was in the cabin area in the aft and was tackled by the tug Mitra Anugerah before it could spread. The ship was loaded thousands of sacks of cement. 1984-built, Indonesia-flagged, 471 gt Saba Niaga is owned and managed by Fresco Line Samudera Pt of Jakarta, Indonesia.

A jetty and a number of boats were either damaged or destroyed after guard ship Sharon Vale suffered gear trouble and crashed into the Camber Docks in Portsmouth, UK, shortly before noon on September 5th. The guard ship struck the much smaller vessel Rosina at her berth and the gangway near the RS Divers’s building. In total the Sharon Vale allided with almost half a dozen boats before finally coming to a halt. The vessel has since been towed around to a corner of the Camber.

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Chemical/oil products tanker Kokusho Maru (IMO 9544188) was in collision with the cargo m/v Seiyou Maru No 8 (IMO 9789178) near Mizushima Port, Japan, during the afternoon of September 4th. Both ships suffered damage to their bows. In addition the Seiyou Maru No.8 sustained damage to her bottom, with ensuing water ingress. No oil spill or injuries were reported.

2009-built, Japan-flagged, 498 gt Kokusho Maru is owned and managed by Kokuka Sangyo Co of Tokyo, Japan.

2016-built, Japan-flagged, 286 gt Seiyu Maru No 8 is owned and managed by Taiyo Kaiun of Saga-ken, Japan.