Marine accident round-up : 11th September 2018

A 55-year-old docker was injured while loading a ferrocar aboard multi-purpose cargo ship Blue Antares (IMO 9346689) on September 6th while the vessel was berthed in Volos, Greece The worker was in the cargo hold when he fell and injured his head, his right shoulder and the fingers of his right hand. A preliminary investigation was being carried out by the Central Port Authority of Volos. 2008-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 2,984 gt Blue Antares is owned and managed by Mastermind Shipmanagement DOO of Tivat, Montenegro.

General cargo ship Anmare (IMO 9434589) lost oil at the start of her westbound transit of the Kiel Canal during the morning of September 7th while en route from Klaipeda to Ipswich. The fire brigade in Kiel was alerted and planned to lay out oil booms around the whole ship, but this was dropped when it became clear that contamination was less than initially feared. The fire brigade focused on removing the oil from the surface as soon as possible, which was finished at noon. Initial observations indicated that there had been a hydraulic fluid leakage at the stern tube. The ship was detained at the quay until expert assessment could be completed. The captain had to pay a safety fine, and the prosecutors launched an investigation. 2009-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 2,461 gt Anmare is owned by Kukelborg care of manager Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co KG of Leer (Ostfriesland), Germany. ISM manager is Briese Dry Cargo GmbH &Co KG.

A container fell on the quay at Shuwaikh port, Kuwait, on September 5th during offloading operations of the MSC Chiara (IMO 8420892) using the containership’s own cranes. A laden container fell due to parting of the wire of crane 4 onto a laden container that was awaiting clearance from the wharf, causing both containers to appear to be a total loss. Subsequently, arrangements were being made by the carriers to save the cargo by cross stuffing it to another container. 1987-built, Panama-flagged, 31,430 gt MSC Chiara is owned by Cirsium Investments Inc care of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co of Geneva, Switzerland. ISM manager is MSC Shipmanagement Ltd. It is entered with Standard Club (Europe division) on behalf of Cirsium Investments Inc.

28mx7m fishing trawler Eunice Lemay (previous IMO 7933488, MMSI 367365550 ), remains laid up at Bayou La Batre, Alabama, after rolling over and sinking three miles offshore of the port on December 20th 2017. While the wreck has been cleaned, the resulting damage, including a bent outrigger, had yet to be addressed and her future was said to be uncertain.

An Italian tug arrived off Ajaccio late on September 5th to take livestock carrier Britta K (IMO 7368815) in tow to Beirut. A French offshore tug remained on standby in the bay in order to escort the convoy. By September 7th the convoy was underway with an ETA as of September 18th, transiting the Mediterranean Sea with a speed of around seven knots. 1992-built, Italy-flagged, 232 gt Paul is owned and managed by Somat SRL of Trapani, Italy. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Somat SpA.

1974-built, Sierra Leone-flagged, 1,598 gt Britta K is owned by BRI Shipping Ltd care of manager Rabunion Maritime Agency Sarl of Beirut, Lebanon.

Two tugs were called to general cargo ship Arslanbey (IMO 8835994) on September 5th, which had been stuck near Gallipoli, Turkey, since the evening of September 4th, unable to refloat. The ship was secured, towed and refloated on the morning of September 6th. Subsequently, it dropped its anchor off the beach for inspections by divers. Structural damage was noted on the bottom plating of the foreship. An incident investigation file has been placed by the harbour master. 1989-built, Panama-flagged, 2,980 gt Arslanbey is owned and managed by Sea Master Shipping & Trading of Istanbul, Turkey. ISM manager is Riverwind Trade Ltd. It is entered with Navigators. Note, as of 8th February 2018, Navigators transferred the management of its marine P&I business to Thomas Miller Specialty Underwriting Agency Limited (TMS).