Marine accident round-up : 12th June 2017

An explosion was reported by Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA on Friday in one of the boiler rooms on board drilling ship NS-32 Norbe VIII (IMO 9562568), operating in Campos Basin, Brazil. One person was killed and three were seriously burnt. The boiler became inoperative but there was no fire. Teams are on board evaluating the ship’s condition. 2011-built, 67,821 Norbe VIII is owned by Odebrecht Drilling Norbe Eight of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, managed by Odebrecht Perfuracoes LTDA of the same city. ISM Manager is Odebrecht Oleo E Gas SA, also of Rio de Janeiro. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Odebrecht Drilling Norbe Eight GmbH.

Turkish authorities ordered bulker Salix (IMO 8919075) to anchor off Bozcaada on Friday after her captain allegedly insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a radio transmission. The vessel was transiting the Dardanelles in a southerly direction early on June 9th when the master, identified only as “OB,” contacted VTS officials by radio. He allegedly made insulting remarks about President Erdogan, which is a crime under Turkish law. VTS reported his behaviour to Çanakkale port authority, which ordered the vessel to anchor. The Coast Guard briefly detained the captain and three crewmembers, but Turkish media reported that all have since been released. As of Friday, the Salix was under way in the Aegean, bound for Mersin.

The captain of the port Ramazan Yilmaz contended that the master of the Salix was drunk while operating the vessel. 1994-built 58,091 gt Salix is owned by Apex Max Intl Ltd of Karachi, Pakistan and managed by Tomini Ship Management of the same city.

Bulk carrier Tong Shun (IMO 9646211) which had been berthed in Santos port since June 6th for the loading of soy, suffered water ingress in its ballast tanks on the morning of June 7th, probably as a result of a breach of the hull. It became stuck on the bottom at its berth. Technicians and divers were trying on June 9th to either find the hole in the hull or any defect in the pumping system in the cargo holds. Booms were put in place around the vessel as a precaution. 2014-built, 44,090 gt Tong Shun is owner c/o Qingdao Da Tong International Shipping Management Co Ltd of Qingdao, Shandong, and is managed by the same company. It is entered with UK P&I on behalf of member Ying Shun Shipping SA.

Bulk carrier Thor Endeavour (IMO 9074793) allided with the tug Bugsier 15 (IMO 9021112) in the New Southern lock of the Kiel-Canal in Brundsbüttel on the morning of June 10th. The tug was assisting Thor Endeavour at the bow and was pushed into the gate. Part of the fendering of the tug tore off and became stuck in the gate. Workers tried to remove it before it could fall into the water, which would enforce a closure of the gate for the salvage. Around noon Thor Endeavour proceeded in the direction of Kiel on the way to Kalmar with Bugsier 15 as a stern tug. 1995-built, 25,676 gt Thor Endeavour is owned by Thoresen Shipping SNG Pte of Singapore and managed by Thoresen & Co Bangkok of Bangkok, Thailand. It is entered with West of England P&I on behalf of Thoresen Singapore. 1991-built Bugsier 15 is owned and managed by Bugsier Reederei of Hamburg.

RoRo passenger ferry Kvam (IMO 7604398) suffered engine damage near Kvamsøya on June 9th. The ferry operates the Larsnes – Åram – Voksa – Kvamsøya route. There were 10 passengers on board at the time as the ship drifted offshore. An ambulance boat pulled the ferry to Kvamsøya about half an hour later. The Kvam was towed to a yard for checks. 1977-built, 839 gt Kvam is owned by Norled AS of Stavanger, Norway, and managed by Tide ASA of Bergen. Kvam is entered with Skuld on behalf of member Norled AS. For hull it is entered with Norwegian Hull Club.

Cargo ship Diaa (IMO 7525592) was detained on the afternoon of June 7th following an inspection in Thessaloniki due to serious deficiencies of the scope of Annex X of CM 2009/16/EC. The planned administrative sanctions were to be imposed by the Port Authority of Stylida. 1977-built, 2,551 gt Diaa is owned by Usta Shipping Co of Monrovia, Liberia, and managed by Romarine Europe Ltd of the same city.

A storm and strong winds broke the moorings of RoRo ship Neptune Thelisis (IMO 9306718) in the port of Lula Koper, Slovenia on June 9th. The catwalk was open to allow boarding of cars at the time and fell. No injuries were reported but there was a collision with cranes and a coal conveyor belt on the quay, which as a result look to be write-offs. According to local reports the vessel broke off her head moorings, turned around on her stern and hit the crane. Estimated damage has been put at between €10m and €20m. Also, according to local reports, ship owners have regularly complained of the risks involved in docking at that basin in Koper port. Two previous accidents of a similar kind had apparently occurred there. 2006-built, 27,788 gt Neptune Thelisis is owned by Thelisis Shipping Ltd of Piraeus and managed by Neptune Lines Shipping of the same address. It is entered with West of England P&I on behalf of Thelisis Shipping Ltd. Hull & Machinery cover is with Beazley Syndicate 623, with Gard having a follow-on position.