Marine accident round-up : 11th April 2019

Work continues to contain an oil spill, said to be about three tons, that contaminated waters in the Port of Sines, Portugal, late on April 4th during a routine refuelling operation from oil products tanker Bahia Tres (IMO 9428671). Container ship MSC Sandra (IMO 9203954) reported a leakage of marine fuel oil while bunkering in the Sines harbour. “The authorities were immediately informed and action was swiftly taken to minimize the environmental impact of the incident. We understand that removal of the oil from the water has progressed at a good pace,” MSC said, adding that it would continue to cooperate fully with the relevant authorities and provide full support and expertise to assist with any enquiries. The cause of the incident was not yet known. Customers with cargo onboard MSC Sandra were being notified of any schedule changes incurred as a result of this incident. An anti-pollution operation was put in to place and the oil spill was quickly contained.

2007-built, Spain-flagged, 4,969 gt Bahia Tres is owned and ISM managed by Mureloil SA of Bilbao, Spain. It is managed by Naviera Murueta SA of the same address. It is entered with Britannia Club on behalf of Mureloil SA.

2000-built, Panama-flagged, 43,575 gt MSC Sandra is owned by Med Sierra SA care of MSC of Geneva, Switzerland. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of MSC.

Passenger/cargo RoRo Hidraferja (IMO 9237981) suffered an engine blackout and struck a pier at Flekkefjord, Norway, during the afternoon of April 7th. The ferry was deliberately grounded off the quay to avoid further damage, causing an interruption to the ferry connection. 2001-built, Norway-flagged, 595 gt Hidraferja is owned by Flekkefjord Dampskipsselskap of Flekkefjord, Norway. It is managed by Norled AS of Stavanger, Norway. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Flekkefjords Dampskipsselskap.

Passenger/cargo Roro Visborg (IMO 9763655) had to be taken out of traffic on April 6th, only just over a week after her first trip between Visby and Nynäshamn. By the fourth day of operation problems with the remotely operated doors of the car decks arose. They could not be opened and 870 passengers had to wait two hours to disembark. These problems continued and on the evening of April 6th the ferry was taken out of service for an indefinite time. Ferry Visby came in as a replacement while the problem with Visborg was addressed. This was expected to take a few days. The operator in time for the Easter holidays. 2018-built, Sweden-flagged, 32,447 gt Visborg is owned by Gotland Rederi AB of Visby, Sweden. It is managed by Destination Gotland AB of Visby, Sweden. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Oslo 2) on behalf of Destination Gotland.

General cargo ship Lunamar (IMO 9551662) allided with the small southern lock upon its entry in the Kiel Canal shortly after midday on April 8th, while en route from Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, to Lulea, Sweden. The police boarded and the ship was detained. Tugs pulled her to the railway station pilings in the inner port of Brunsbüttel. 2010-built, Portugal-flagged, 3,500 gt Lunamar is owned by Auriga Briese Schiffahrts care of manager Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co KG of Leer (Ostfriesland), Germany. It is entered with Swedish Club (Gothenburg Team) on behalf of Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG MS “Auriga”.

RoRo cargo ship Laureline (IMO 9823352) allided with bollards when sailing from the port of Dublin, Ireland, on April 5th. She suffered damage to her starboard quarter, with dents and a breach above the waterline. The ship finally left Dublin early on April 7th after repairs were carried out. She arrived in Zeebrugge during the afternoon of April 8th. 2019-built, Malta-flagged, 50,443 gt Laureline is owned by Shiplux XIII SA care of manager CLdN ro-ro SA, Luxembourg. ISM manager is Anglo-Eastern Ship NL of Goes, Netherlands. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Shiplux XII SA. It is entered for H&M with Gard AS on behalf of CLdN Malta Ltd.