Marine accident round-up : 11th May 2020

Colombian Navy divers found a container or a box fixed to the underwater hull of refrigerated cargo ship Star Courage (IMO 9765859), during her April 29th to May 2nd stay in Colombian waters. The divers found 22 packages containing amphetamine and “pink cocaine”. The ship was allowed to resume her voyage, which is to Spain via the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. An official statement cleared any of the ship’s crew of suspicion. 2017-built, Panama-flagged, 17,164 gt Star Courage is owned by Kyowa Kisengreen Spanker care of manager Nissen Kaiun Co Ltd (Nissen Kaiun KK), Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group London J1) on behalf of Green Spanker Shipping SA.

A 27-year-old crew member, a navigator, was medevaced from cargo ship Aegiali (IMO 9260902) off Vera Cruz, Mexico, on May 7th after displaying symptoms of Covid 19. The Mexican Coast Guard carried out the medical evacuation of the man 6.61nm from the port of Veracruz. The man was hospitalized in Veracruz.

2002-built, Liberia-flagged, 66,573 gt Aegiali is owned by Aegiali Maritime Corp care of manager International Maritime Enterprises of Monte Carlo, Monaco. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Aegiali Maritime Corp. It is entered for H&M with Gard AS on behalf of Andros Maritime Agencies Ltd.

Cargo ship Lexa Maersk (IMO 9190767) was forced to make an unscheduled stop at Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands, to medevac an ill crew member who was suffering from a fever. The ship had left Colon on May 1st, bound for Tangier. On May 6th she was diverted to take part in an SAR operation for a man who went overboard from another vessel. On May 7 the ship suspended the search and headed for Charlotte Amalie. She anchored off the port on May 8th. The patient was medevaced and taken to hospital. A quarantine was mentioned, depending on the coronavirus test result. 2001-built, Denmark-flagged, 50,688 gt Lexa Maersk is owned and managed by Maersk AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Maersk AS.

General cargo ship Scheldebank (IMO 9439474) was in collision with passenger ferry Hochdonn in dense fog during the morning of May 8th, while Hochdonn on the Kiel Canal. No one was injured, but the ferry suffered heavy damage. 2007-built, Netherlands-flagged, 2,999 gt Scheldebank is owned and managed by Bankship IV BV. It is entered with Standard Club (London Class) on behalf of Noord Nederlandsche P & I Club.,unfall14642.html