Marine accident round-up : 11th July

An oil spill occurred during a fuel transfer to bulk carrier Chrysanthi S (IMO 9527441) in Algoa Bay, off Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on July 6th, according to South African authorities. Between 200 and 400 litres of oil were thought to have been spilled. South Africa Marine Fuels sent a commercial oil spill response service provider to mitigate the spread of the spill. Poor weather conditions in Algoa Bay hindered the operations, but the situation was reported to be under control. The oil was not expected to reach the coast as it was currently moving away from the shore. A contingency plan was in place should any oil reach the shores of Algoa Bay. 2012-built, Liberia-flagged, 43,950 gt Chrysanthi S is owned by Golden Flower Navigation Inc care of manager Bright Navigation Inc of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Golden Flower Navigation Inc.

Passenger Vessel Viking Helgi, 1984-built, 5,594 gt reportedly ran aground due to a steering gear failure while crossing the Rybinskiy Reservoir on the Volgo-Balt Canal during the afternoon of July 8th. She was en route from Yaroslavl to St. Petersburg at the time with 292 tourists on board,. The steering gear was repaired within an hour and the crew were able to refloat the vessel independently. The vessel then proceeded to the port of Rybinsk for checks on the hull, as well as a technical inspection by Russian Register port state control inspectors. Viking Helgi departed from the port of Rybinsk and continued its scheduled passage later the same evening.

Bulk carrier Bulk Destiny (IMO 9781994) suffered a failure of her main engine during the evening of July 8th when 13nm northwest of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada. The vessel continued her voyage towards Becancour, Quebec under severely reduced power. 2017-built, Panama-flagged, 34,261 gt Bulk Destiny is owned by Nicole Navigation SA care of manager Phoenix Bulk Carriers US LLC of Middletown, Rhode Island, USA. ISM manager is Seamar Management SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group Piraeus H1) on behalf of Nicole Navigation SA.

Buoy ship/ lighthouse vessel Pole Star (IMO 9211987) ran aground at the entrance to Inverness Harbour on July 9th while en route from Kirkwall to Inverness. Aberdeen Coastguard coordinated the refloating of the vessel, after which she was berthed at Inverness Harbour. The vessel had 16 people on board at the time. 2000-built, UK-flagged, 1,174 gt Pole Star is owned by Lombard Business Leasing Ltd care of Northern Lighthouse Board of Edinburgh, UK. It is entered with Standard Club (London Class) on behalf of Lombard Business Leasing Ltd.

Roro Peter Pan (IMO 9217242) was reported to have experienced a fire in one of its engine rooms during the evening of July 9th. The vessel was 6nm from Travemunde, Germany, when the Captain of the vessel cancelled the approach to Travemunde in order to extinguish the fire, which the crew achieved without recourse to external assistance. The vessel later initially proceeded towards Travemunde at a reduced speed and was then taken in tow by tugs into Travemunde Harbour, arriving shortly after midnight on July 10th. 2001-built, Sweden-flagged, 44,245 gt Peter Pan is owned by TT-Line NR 2001 Eigentums GmbH care of TT-Line GmbH of Lübeck, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of TT-Line Nr.2001 igentums GmbH. It is entered for H&M and Loss of Hire with Gard AS on behalf of TT-Line GmbH & Co KG.