Marine accident round-up : 11th June 2019

A crane was reported to have collapsed onto a bulk carrier under construction at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding’s Yangzi Xinfu yard during the morning of Monday June 10th. According to local reports the crane caused damage to the front starboard side of the vessel. Some workers were reported to be injured in the incident. Three 180,000 dwt capesize bulkers are reported to be under construction at Yangzi Xinfu, all of them for Japan-based  Orient Marine, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co.

The salvage of Solomon Trader (IMO 9075670) by Resolve Marine has fallen behind schedule as there have been delays in the dewatering and discharging of bauxite from the vessel. On May 11th the ship was refloated after spending more than three months grounded on a reef. Work remains to be done patching leaks underneath the vessel. One breach of around 25 metres in length was yet to be repaired. Salvage work had been due to finish by June 5th, but delays in discharging bauxite from the cargo holds prolonged the operation. The patching and welding needs to be completed first. The vessel remains vulnerable to bad weather as only one anchor is holding her in place. Solomon Trader ran aground in Solomon Islands’ Rennell and Bellona Province on February 5th, having just loaded some 11,000 tons of bauxite. 1994-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 38,779 gt Solomon Trader is owned and managed by King Trader Ltd of Hong Kong. ISM manager is Smart-Trans Shipping Co Ltd of Jiangsu, China. It is entered with Korea P&I Club.

General cargo ship Framfjord (IMO 8913473) suffered a partially crushed wheelhouse after she allided with the Nordhordland Bridge near Steinestø, Norway, at the weekend. The mast on the foreship was bent and an excavator on the main deck was pushed into the wheelhouse. The excavator was badly damaged. The ship had a crew of seven with a Norwegian captain, none of whom were injured. The ship eventually proceeded to Steinestø under her own power. The bridge suffered only cosmetic damage, and the E39 road did not have to be closed. 1990-built, St Kitts & St Nevis-flagged, 1,508 gt Framfjord is owned and managed by Fonnes Offshore AS of Fonnes, Norway. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Bergen business unit) on behalf of Fonnes Shipping AS.

Norwegian Coast Guard seized fishing boat Arosa Nueve (IMO 8617469) on June 7th under suspicion of fishing in Norway’s economic zone. Patrol boat Sortland escorted the ship to Tromsø, where it berthed at Breivik. The case was handed over to the local police for further investigation. 1988-built, Spain-flagged, 960 gt Arosa Nueve is owned and managed by Velaspex SL of Pasaia (Gipuzkoa), Spain.

Cargo ship Mentari Selaras (ex Kannon Baru) (IMO 9488267) suffered a fire in her superstructure on June 8th near Waingapu port, Sumba island, Indonesia. The 17 crew members remained on board and an SAR team from Waingapu was deployed to assist the crew in firefighting. The fire was extinguished and the disabled ship was towed back to Waingapu.

2007-built, Indonesia-flagged, 2,979 gt Mentari Selaras is owned and managed by Mentari Surya Pradana PT of Surabaya, Indonesia.