Marine accident round-up : 12th March 2019

Update on Kea Trader (IMO 9701281): Removal of debris from the wreck of containership Kea Trader on Durand Reef is continuing. The “Hua Ao” and “De-Jing” continued to work on the site and monitor the evolution of the wreck, pending the arrival of the barge-crane “Cali” which was currently under construction in China. The wreckage removal plan for this new barge has been submitted to the Scientific Committee of the Coral Sea Nature Park. This Scientific Committee, made up of scientists who are members of New Caledonian research institutes, the university and several internationally renowned researchers, chaired by Professor Gilles BOEUF, are scheduled to issue an opinion on the environmental impact of the chosen solution.

Kea Trader ran aground on July 12th 2017 on the Durand reefs off Mare, New Caledonia. She was damaged beyond repair, but the salvage operation has been complex..

2017-built, Malta-flagged, 25,145 gt Kea Trader is owned by Kea Trader GmbH care of Lomar Deutschland of Bremen, Germany. ISM manager is Columbia Shipmanagement-GEU of Hamburg, Germany. It was entered at the time with Skuld. Norwegian Hull Club covered the vessel for hull and machinery.

Bulk carrier Magnum Fortune (IMO 9488970) suffered an engine failure and allided with tanker Gas Odyssey (IMO 9545211) shortly before noon on March 6th, while manoeuvring into Hodeidah port. The latter vessel was moored at Dolphin berth no 2 and was discharging a cargo of liquid petroleum gas at the time. The bulk carrier sustained railing and air vent pipe damage. The Gas Odyssey sustained slight scratches to her hull. With assistance of a tug the bulk carrier was moored at berth no 2 and commenced cargo discharge. The vessel was carrying 23,000 tons of wheat, bound from Djibouti to Hodeidah.

2009-built, Liberia-flagged, 31,261 gt Magnum Fortune is owned by Lark Shipping SA care of manager Meadway Shipping & Trading Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Lark Shipping.

2013-built, Liberia-flagged, 9,160 gt Gas Odyssey is owned by Lion Gulf International of Monrovia, Liberia. It is managed by Benelux Overseas Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with West of England (claims contact Greece, General) on behalf of Lion Gulf International Inc.

The government of South Korea has confirmed that it was working through a minor dispute with Texas-based search and survey firm Ocean Infinity, the operator of Seabed Constructor, which found the VDR of the sunken VLOC Stellar Daisy. South Korea asserts that Ocean Infinity has not fulfilled the full scope of its contract, while Ocean Infinity noted that it had found the wreck and retrieved the VDR, thus completing its part of the deal. “We may return in the future to help further but are now setting course for the next project. It has been a privilege to be able to help the South Korean government and families of her crew,” said Ocean Infinity.

After fishing boat Lumian was drydocked at the Puerto de Oza in A Coruña during the afternoon of March 7th, the ship was caught by wind gusts and crashed onto her side, impacting nearby landside scaffolding as well.

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