Marine accident round-up : 11th September 2019

Dredger Tridevi Prem (IMO 9464443), owned by Mercator Ltd, sank near New Mangalore Port shortly after midnight on September 3rd. The Indian Coast Guard rescued 13 crew members. Seven others were rescued by a tug of New Mangalore Port, accounting for all 20 crew on board. Tridevi Prem capsized two days after suffering water ingress. The dredger had been anchored in the port limits for deepening the channel. During the evening of September 1st the crew reported flooding inside the pump room. A repair team that including divers was taken out to the ship, but the crew apparently did not allow them to start repairs, and also switched off the lights. Early on September 2nd they abandoned the ship in a lifeboat, leaving behind the repair team. Pollution response equipment was mobilized along with a barge, but the attempt to drain the fuel oil failed due to the inclement weather. Two layers of oil booms were laid out around the wreck. AV Ramana, Chairman of the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT), said here on Tuesday that the dredger was not blocking the navigational channel, and there was no problem for the movement of vessels at the port. The dredger was placed 2.5nm away from the port.

Barge Atlantic Marlin (2318 gt, built 2000) was in collision with general cargo ship Thorco Isadora (IMO 9469778) while being pushed by tug Atlantic Elm. Both the Thorco Isadora and the Atlantic Marlin suffered minor damage. 2006-built, India-flagged, 4,992 gt Tridevi Prem is owned and managed by Mercator Ltd of Mumbai, India. 2011-built, Canada-flagged, 13,186 gt Thorco Isadora is owned and managed by Thorco Shipping AS of Hellerup, Denmark. It is recorded with Equasis as being entered with Shipowners’ Club. It is entered for Loss of Hire with Gard AS on behalf of Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG.