Marine accident round-up : 11th March 2020

The office of Gard (HK) Ltd reopened this week. Staffing levels are reduced, with some staff continuing to work from home.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Skuld New York office will be closed and Skuld staff will be working from home for the week March 9th to 13th.

Standard Club has said that its Hong Kong office remains closed for the time being, in line with the government advice. Staff are working remotely. The Singapore office remains open, but staff are working flexibly in line with government advice. Full service is maintained.

The Standard Club New York office remains open, but staff are working flexibly in line with government advice. Full service is maintained. All other offices are currently unaffected.

General cargo ship Godspeed (IMO 9426738) was in collision with 20-ton-pilot boat Yonghua Lu while entering New Taipei City upon its arrival from Taichung during the evening of March 9th. The pilot boat, which had just dropped off the pilot on board another vessel, suffered a large crack on the starboard side and overturned. The Taipei Port Fire Fighting Unit, New Taipei City Fire Station Crew and the Marine Patrol were involved in the response. A mobile crane recovered the wreckage of the pilot boat about an hour after the collision. SAR personnel entered the cabin and found one crew member inside, who could not be saved. The body of the 59 year old captain was later recovered from the water.

2007-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 5,272 gt Godspeed is owned and managed by Creativity Dragon Holdings Ltd of Hong Kong. ISM manager is Fujian Xinan Shipping of Fuzhou, Fujian, China. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team Hong Kong) on behalf of PICC P&C Ltd.

Cargo ship Red Duchess (IMO 6919851) ran aground while approaching the port of San Andres Island, Colombia, during the afternoon of March 7th, en route from Puerto Moin, Costa Rica. As of March 9th the ship was still aground. 1969-built, 1,285 gt Red Duchess is owned by Logistics Group Inc care of manager H&D Shipping Services Corp of Ancon, Panama.

The recovery of the two Liebherr mobile cranes lost over board from the Jumbo Vision (IMO 9153642) was completed on March 9th. Crane manufacturer Liebherr was now assessing whether parts of the cranes could still be used. During the morning of March 10th, divers started surveying the bottom of the port basin to check if any wreckage or pollutants were remaining. Once the all-clear was declared the oil barrier would be removed and the port basin would once again be fully operable.. During the salvage a safety zone had been established around the area. 2000-built, Netherlands-flagged, 7.966 gt Jumbo Vision is owned by Jumbo Vision BV care of manager Jumbo Shipping Co SA of Schiedam, Netherlands. ISM manager was Kahn Scheepvaart BV of Schiedam, Netherlands. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Jumbo Vision BV. It is entered for loss of hire with Swiss Re AG.,hafenkran148.html

Bulk carrier Erisort (IMO 9681895) was shifted at its mooring at the Rhenus pier in Nordenham when another vessel, bulk carrier Kumpula (IMO 9590802) passed the berth during the evening of March 6th at a rate of more than 13 knots. The ship was sailing against the stream, which increased the swell, causing the Erisort to move some metres, causing damage to the pier. The police launched an investigation against the master of the Kumpula. As of March 9th the Erisort remained stationary.

2014-built, Singapore-flagged, 24,785 gt Erisort is owned and managed by China Navigation Co Pte Ltd of Singapore.

2012-built, Finland-flagged, 33,958 gt Kumpula is owned and managed by ESL Shipping Ltd of Helsinki, Finland. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of ESL Shipping Ltd. It is entered for H&M and Loss of Hire with Gard AS.,7,2388253542.html