Marine accident round-up : 12th January 2021

Refrigerated cargo ship Express 6 (IMO 7811513) was reported to have entered Thai waters and anchored at Phuket island anchorage early on January 8th without giving prior notice to authorities or obtaining permission so to do. Port authorities and police boarded the ship and interrogated the crew and the Captain. The 18 crew included six Thai nationals (including the Captain), seven Indonesians, one Myanmar nationals and four Chinese. According to the crew and Captain the ship left China in August last year with orders from the owner/operator to collect fish products in the Arabian sea, including areas near Somali waters. The crew contracts were overdue and no guards were provided to protect the ship from possible pirates attacks. The Captain decided, after talks with crew, to leave the area, and took the ship to Phuket. As of January 11th the ship remained at anchor and the investigation was continuing. It was understood that the Thai crew members requested to be disembarked and allowed to return home. The Captain’s legal position, having defied the owner’s orders, is less clear.

1979-built, Mongolia-flagged, 2,243 gt Express 6 is owned and managed by Tian Heng Import Food Co of Hong Kong, China. ISM manager is Marine Safety Consultant Ltd of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.

Wood chips carrier Surabaya Express (IMO 9554731) came into contact with a pier while berthing at San Lorenzo, Parana river, Argentina, during the afternoon of January 8th. Both the ship’s stern and the pier sustained damage. The ship was anchored on front of San Lorenzo, where as of January 11th it remained.

2013-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 54,725 gt Surabaya Express is owned by Surabaya Express Ltd care of manager Nova Shipping & Logistics Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is Orion Ship Management of Singapore. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Surabaya Express Ltd.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Bentago Express (IMO 9213337) ran aground during the night of January 7th at the entrance to the port of Agaete on arrival from Santa Cruz de Tenerife. There were 59 passengers on board. The grounding was said to be caused by a strong gust of wind in stormy weather conditions. As of January 11th the vessel remained in Puerto de las Nieves, Agaete. The underwater hull had been surveyed and no breaches were found.

2000-built, Spain-flagged, 6,348 gt Bentago Express is owned and managed by Fred Olsen of Tenerife, Canary Islands. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Fred Olsen SA.

Bulk carrier Jag Anand (IMO 9463308), which had been stuck for months off the Chinese coast with 23 Indian crew members on board, was set to return home, the Indian government said on January 9th. The ship is set to sail towards Chiba, Japan to carry out a crew change and should reach India on January 17th. The ship had been stuck at the artificial deep-water international port of Jingtang port in Hebei Province, northern China, since June 2020. The crew were reported to have been living in unpleasant conditions, with many crew members suffering from health issues and running short of medicines.

2011-built, India-flagged, 93,227 gt Jag Anand is owned and managed by Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd of Mumbai, India. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of The Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd.