Marine accident round-up : 11th February 2019

General cargo ship Emona (IMO 8008101) suffered structural damage to her main deck handrails and hatch coamings at Gebze, Turkey, during discharge operations on February 5th. Early on February 7th the ship left port after the damage was repaired, bound for Bartin, northern Turkey, ETA February 9th. 1981-built, Sierra Leone-flagged, 2,959 gt Emona is owned by Amonia Enterprises SA care of manager Valmar Oil Ltd of Bourgas, Bulgaria. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of Amonia Enterprises SA.

Tanker Chemtrans Nova (IMO 9316232)  lost an enclosed lifeboat with two people inside in the early evening of February 6th while she was in the Atlantic about 75 miles SE of Delaware Bay, east of Chincoteague, Virginia. The engineer crew members were carrying out maintenance works in the lifeboat when it suddenly broke free and fell into the water. The US Coast Guard was called to assist. USCG cutter Reliance by chance was nearby and rescued both men. One of them was picked up from the water, the other from the lifeboat. Both sustained injures, including a lacerated stomach and a broken leg. They were medevacked to the Norfolk Sentara General Hospital. The tanker continued its voyage from Marcus Hook to the Bahamas five hours after the accident. 2006-built, Cyprus-flagged, 42,167 gt Chemtrans Nova is owned by Shangolia Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Chemikalien Seetransport GmbH , of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of MT American Sun Schifffahrtsgesellschaft. It is entered for hull and machinery with Norwegian Hull Club.

A fire broke out on board general cargo ship 2005-built, Bahamas-flagged, 19,783 gt African Robin (IMO 9317767) in Kaliningrad port, Russia on February 6th. The fire was extinguished in about 30 minutes by the crew. Some navigational equipment on the bridge appeared damaged or destroyed as the ship’s AIS signal went off during the fire.

The Philippine Coast Guard and the Marine Environmental Protection Unit have deployed divers to inspect the damage to 1,374gt SF Unity (IMO 8508656) which ran aground early on February 7th in the outskirts of Iloilo after discharging  iron cargo in the mouth of the Iloilo River. The ship was headed for Batangas Port when she became stuck on a shallow. A tug was called in order to refloat the ship. 1985-built, Philippines-flagged, 1,374 gt SF Unity is owned by Seaford Shipping Lines Inc of Negros Island, Philippines.

Indonesian landing craft Tunu Pratama Jaya 3888 (IMO 8984381) was damaged by the lowered bow ramp of the Liputan XII during stormy weather on the morning of February 8th in the LCM Port of Ketapang Banyuwangi. The hull was breached, and it was feared that the ship could sink. All passengers and vehicles were safely disembarked and taken to Bali on other vessels. Both ferries were taken to the south side of the LCM-Pier for repairs. 2001-built, Indonesia-flagged, 871 gt Tunu Pratama Jaya 3888 is owned by Ong S of Samarinda, Indonesia, and managed by Bunga Nusa Mahakam PT of Samarinda, Indonesia.