Marine accident round-up : 12th August 2019

A day after a fire broke out aboard $5m, 1,285 gt, 56-metre luxury yacht Lady D (IMO 7544219) on August 7th, she was destroyed by fire and was towed away from the Ao Po Grand Marina to Koh Thanan. The Cayman islands-flagged yacht, built in the US in 1976 as a USCG offshore supply vessel before being reconfigured as an ocean-going yacht in 1989, was completely gutted by the fire and surrounded by oil booms, as it still contained 150 tons of fuel. It is thought to be a total loss. The vessel caught fire during the morning of August 7th in Ao Po Grand Marina yacht club, northern Phuket island, Thailand. Firefighters were unable to get equipment close enough to the yacht because she was berthed far from the main pier.

The yacht was understood to have been in lay-up, waiting to be sold, with minimal crew (possibly only one) on board. Nobody was injured. The owner was reported to be a UK citizen who was not currently in Thailand.

Cargo ship Cielo Di Palermo (IMO 9606003) approached Port Elizabeth. South Africa, after four Filipino crewmen suffered injuries when a wave broke over the vessel in the vicinity of Port Edward on August 6th. The ship requested emergency medical assistance while the ship’s medical team provided medical relief to the injured crew members, and NSRI Durban rescue crew were alerted. The bulk carrier then proceeded towards East London, but the decision was then made for the ship to proceed to Port Elizabeth where NSRI Port Elizabeth and EC Government EMS were on alert awaiting their arrival. Off Port Elizabeth, the NSRI transferred the medical team onto the ship and medical treatment to the casualties continued. One man had suffered critical injuries with fractures to the jaw, hip, clavicle and a suspected neck fracture, one man suffered a fractured femur and hip, one man suffered a fractured tibia and one man sustained bruising to the head. In unfavourable sea conditions the decision was taken for the medical teams to continue treatment aboard the ship. and arrangements were made with the Transnet National Ports Authority for the bulk carrier to enter the port. The patients were stabilised and on entering Port Elizabeth, NSRI rescue crew and additional medical teams assisted in ongoing medical care and transferring the patients on stretchers to ambulances. 2013-built, Panama-flagged, 22,866 gt Cielo Di Palermo is owned by Green Spanker Shipping SA care of Nissen Kaiun KK) of Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. ISM manager is Cleanseas Shipmanagement Inc of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Green Spanker Shipping SA.

A Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigation report into the death of the 54-year-old Ukrainian master of cargo ship Sage Amazon (IMO 9573713) off Port-Daniel-Gascons on March 17th 2018 found that his death was due to cardiac arrest. The man was declared fit to work despite health problems, including a previous heart ailment, but he suffered a heart attack while he was standing on the access ladder of a cargo hold, falling onto the deck and sustaining severe head injuries. He was first treated for head injuries before cardiovascular resuscitation was attempted. The TSB found that the captain’s health problems were known and should have restricted his ability to work at sea, but he had been declared fit to work without restrictions. 2012-built, Liberia-flagged, 35,812 gt Sage Amazon is owned by Defender 9 Ltd care of manager C Transport Maritime SAM (CTM SAM) , Monte Carlo, Monaco. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European syndicate) on behalf of Defender 9 Ltd.

Products tanker FOS Hamilton (IMO 9656890) which had suffered damage to its port side aft while mooring in the port of Novorossiysk on June 22nd and which was detained under warrant by Novorossiysk courts as of June 28th, remained stationary in port on August 9th. 2013-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 57,129 gt FOS Hamilton is owned by Hamilton Shipping LLC care of manager Thome ShipManagement Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group Piraeus H1) on behalf of Hamilton Shipping LLC.

Cargo ship MOL Explorer (IMO 9333826) was in collision with a coastal vessel off Wakayama before dawn on August 8th. The cargo ship was sailing in the same direction and reached the port after the collision. The container vessel dropped anchor off Wakayama. It entered the NYK Container Terminal RC-6/RC-7 in Kobe on Aug 9 at 9.30 a.m. 2007-built, Panama-flagged, 54,098 gt MOL Explorer is owned by Kilimanjaro Container Carriers care of manager Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd (MOL) of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo office in charge) on behalf of Kilimanjaro Container Carriers SA.