Marine accident round-up : 12th March 2021

Container ship Buxcliff (IMO 9221815) reportedly suffered an engine fire while in the Atlantic on Marche 6th, travelling from the USA to Le Havre, France, with an ETA of March 10th. The vessel resumed sailing at a reduced speed during the afternoon of March 9th after the crew managed to partially fix the problem. The ETA is now March 15th.

2001-built, Portugal-flagged, 72,760 gt Buxcliff is owned by Buxcliff care of manager NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co KG (NSB Group) of Buxtehude, Germany. It is entered with Swedish Club (Gothenburg team) on behalf of Bereederungs- und Schiffahrts-GmbH & Co. MS “BUXCLIFFE”.

The captain of bulk carrier Nikalaos GS (IMO 9267170) fell ill during the morning of March 9th and had to be evacuated to Venizelio Hospital, Kali Limenes. The departure of the ship from the bay of Kali Limenes had to be delayed because the vessel had no captain. As of March 11th the vessel remained at Kali Limenes Anchorage.

2002-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 16,967 gt Nikolaos GS is owned by Coralia Navigation Co care of manager GS Maritime Co Ltd of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Coralia Navigation Co.

An estimated 4,000ft of oil booms were laid out by clean-up crews at the grounding site of the American Challenge after a small amount of motor oil was detected in coastal Marin County. An investigation was underway by a unified command of the Marin County Office of Emergency Services, the Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response and the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, to determine how much fuel had leaked from the vessel. Salvage crews used drones and helicopters to assess the extent of the spill and to assess the condition and develop a plan to access the vessel. There was no extensive sheen coming from the vessel, but an environmental assessment found some oil contamination on the beach near the grounding site.

On March 8 tug Trojan pulled fishing boat Magan D (IMO 6819623) into the port of Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. The vessel was to be inspected and declared safe before it could leave the port again. There were 15 crew members from Indonesia and Spain on board. As of March 11th the vessel remained at Dun Laoghaire.

The vessel had become disabled in the Irish sea during the evening of March 3rd as a result of water mixing with oil in the engine.. 1968-built, UK-flagged, 263 gt Magan D is owned and managed by Donosti Fisheries Ltd of Penryn, UK.