Marine accident round-up : 11th March 2019

Passenger ship Apollo (IMO 7006314) was to remain docked until at least March 8th. Repair work of the crack on the hull was completed, but further problems appeared as a result of the welding work that prevented the ship from returning to service on March 7th as originally had been planned. The ferry was damaged when it smashed into the dock at Godbout during the morning of February 25th. The ferry, which runs between Matane in the Gaspé region and Baie-Comeau and Godbout on Quebec’s North Shore, suffered a metre-long breach in the bow above the waterline at port side when it hit the dock. 1970-built,  Canada-flagged, 6,609 gt Apollo is owned and managed by Labrador Marine of Lewisporte, Newfoundland, Canada. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Société Des Traversiers Du Quebec.\

Cargo ship Basen (IMO 6608050) caught fire during works on board at the Storsandøy Way on Henda on Averøy, Norway, during the afternoon of March 6th. The police and the fire department in Møre og Romsdal were alerted The fire was extinguished within two hours and the vessel was ventilated. 1966-built, Norway-flagged, 419 gt Basen is owned and managed by Stabben R of Nortdstrono, Norway.

Several containers toppled over at the stern of box ship Helsinki Bridge (IMO 9588081) during rough seas on its way to the port of Wilmington Port Delaware, en route from Boston, Massachusetts. The ship arrived in Wilmington a week behind schedule after getting into trouble on February 27th, two days after sailing from Boston. Waves caused the ship to pitch and roll. The ship arrived at Wilmington on March 6th.

2012-built, Panama-flagged, 96,801 gt Helsinki Bridge is owned by Daisy Ship Holding SA care of manager Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (Kawasaki Kisen KK) (‘K’ Line) of Tokyo, Japan. ISM manager is K Line Ship Management of Singapore. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo Office) on behalf of Daisy Ship Holding SA.

Pirates were reported to have attacked tanker Advantage Summer (IMO 9419890) during the morning of March 6th. The attack took place 22 miles west of the Egina FPSO, off Nigeria. No further details as yet. 2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 83,805 gt Advantage Summer is owned by Advantage Summer Shipping care of manager Shell Western Supply & Trading of Barbados. ISM manager is Genel Denizcilik Nakliyati AS of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Team 2) on behalf of Fleetscape Summer LLC.

Vehicles carrier Hoegh London (IMO 9342205) left the port of Pozzallo on March 7th en route to Piraeus with her cargo of cars, ETA early on March 9th. was caught in the storm which raged across Mediterranean in late February near the Llylea coast. The ship and her cargo sustained serious damages on February 24th and asked for shelter, having encountered 8 to 10 metre waves and winds in excess of 60 knots when passing Cape Passero. The captain decided to turn back and shelter in Southeast Sicily. Heavy equipment and project cargo was moving about and one Chinese crew member was fatally injured. Several others were also hurt. The ship anchored off Pozzallo during the morning of February 25th and was surveyed by a team of technicians of the port authority and the military command. They found a number of damaged vehicles and damage on the cargo decks. A crack on the port side bulk head was found on deck 3, near the waterline. Water ingress caused a five-degree list. The ship needed repairs to restore her seaworthiness and got a permission to enter port in the afternoon in order to restore its normal stability and buoyancy, with the plan being eventually to head to a port with an adequate shipyard. The vessel had been en route from Tangier, Morocco, to Turkey. The ship was allowed to sail after finishing repairs to the heavily damaged bulkhead and completing the additional lashing of all 2,498 vehicles on board.

2008-built, Norway-flagged, 68,871 gt Hoegh London is owned by Hoegh Autoliners Shipping AS of Oslo, Norway. It is managed by Hoegh Autoliners Management AS of Oslo, Norway. ISM manager is Hoegh Wallem Ship Management Phi of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Hoegh Autolines Shipping As. Norwegian Hull Club leads for Hull & Machinery on behalf of Hoegh Autoliners Management AS, with Gard having a subscription position.