Marine accident round-up : 11th June 2020

The crew of grounded cargo ship Shahraz (IMO 9349576) has rejected an offer to be evacuated by an Indonesian SAR team while the vessel remained grounded. They said that they were awaiting for instructions from the shipping company. The vessel had run aground to avoid colliding with bulk carrier Samudra Sakti I (IMO 9238258). The local authorities wanted to conduct a dive inspection of the vessel in regard of a possible damage to the coral reef it has struck.

2008-built, Iran-flagged, 74,175 gt Shahraz is owned by Kish Roaring Ocean Shipping Co care of manager Rahbaran Omid Darya Shipping Management of Tehran, Iran.

2001-built, Indonesia-flagged, 14,446 gt Samudra Sakti I is owned and managed by Lintas Maritim Indonesia PT of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of PT Lintas Maritim Indonesia.

A woman was reported to have died on Sunday night, June 7th, after falling over the side of the ferry Stena Horizon (IMO 9332559) in the middle of the English Channel, according to the Weymouth RNLI lifeboat crew. An all-weather lifeboat launched at about 17:15 hours on Sunday to join the search for a woman who had fallen overboard from the ro/ro ferry Stena Horizon in the shipping lanes in the middle of the Channel. Just before the lifeboat arrived on scene at a position between Portland Bill and Guernsey, the crew learned that the body of the woman had been found. A rescue boat from the Stena Horizon had found her body and had taken her on board the vessel, which then continued on its journey.

2006-built, Italy-flagged, 27,522 gt Stena Horizon is owned by Visentini Giovanni Transporti of Milan, Italy. It is managed by Stena Line Ltd of Holyhead, UK.

Salvage vessels Multrasalvor 4 and Cormorant of Multraship were ready to retrieve the (UK 165) Lummetje on June 9th, but the success depended on the weather. The ship sank on November 28th 2019, off the Texel coast in the North Sea. The bodies of the two crew members were found by divers in the wheelhouse two days later. The wreck was resting at a depth of 12 to 14 meters. The Multrasalvor 4, along with the sheerleg Cormorant, left Den Helder on June 9th. Divers will have to fix the steel cables around the wreck and attach it to the Cormorant.

Following her salvage, tug Hawksbill (IMO 9756535), which broke her moorings and was washed ashore in Dampier in a typhoon in February 2019, has been written off as a constructive total loss. It was deposited at the Henderson ship Building facilities in Kwinana, Fremantle, as of June 1st, waiting to be broken up. 2016-built, Singapore-flagged, 493 gt Hawksbill is owned by Loreto Maritime Pte Ltd care of manager Cape Preston PortCo Pty Ltd of Perth, Western Australia. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Singapore) on behalf of CITIC Pacific Mining Management.

An Iranian mega container ship referred to in a report as the Barzin (IMO 9820269) but which is listed in databases as the “Fanreach“, was said to have suffered an engine failure and loss of control early on June 9th while approaching Xiamen Container Terminal, China, with a pilot on board. The vessel was in the port’s fairway and was ordered to keep her course as far as possible. Tugs were sent to assist, and the Barzin/Fanreach managed to move from the channel and to anchor in a safe zone. The problem was fixed and the Barzin/Fanreach resumed sailing a couple of hours later. She was safely berthed a couple of hours after that, at around 10:00 Beijing time. The ship had arrived at Xiamen directly from Bandar Abbas, Iran.

2018-built, Iran-flagged, 141,514 gt Fanreach has an unknown ownership and management status.