Marine accident round-up : 12th May 2022

Container ship Eponyma (IMO 9808039) allided with the berth and then with the New Mingzhou 68 (IMO 9751755) which was mooring nearby, when leaving Yokohama Port during the afternoon of May 6th. The extent of damage to the hulls of the vessels and other conditions were unknown.

2017-built, Bahamas-flagged, 9,587 gt Eponyma is owned by Continent Maritime SA care of manager Kotoku Kain Co of Imabari, Japan. As of May 11th the Eponyma was underway at the port of Taichung, Taiwan.

2017-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 9,998 gt New Mingzhou 68 is owned by Ningbo Ocean Hong Kong Co care of manager Ningbo Ocean Shipping Co of Ningbo, Zhejiang, China. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Hong Kong) on behalf of Ningbo Ocean (Hongkong) Co. As of May 11th the New Mingzhou 68 was moored in the port of Zhapu, China, where it had just arrived.

The Chittagong Port Authority of Bangladesh (CPA) released container ship Vasi Star (IMO 9105994) on April 28th. The vessel had been arrested in litigation on April 25th. No AIS since May 3rd, when it was still at anchor at Chittagong. Apparently it sailed that day, to an unknown destination.

1996-built, Liberia-flagged, 16,801 gt Vasi Star is owned and managed by Vasi Star Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is Asian-Alliance Ship Management of Singapore.  It is entered with Hydor.

Container ship BMI Express (IMO 9207261) suffered a fire on the poop deck during cargo operations at Sousse, Tunisia on May 5th. The initial fire extinguishing operation was carried out by the crew, but subsequently the port duty fire brigade attended the scene. The fire was extinguished the same day and a cooling operation was performed. A damage survey and technical inspection were carried out in port. Slight structural damages were reported due to the fire. After the completion of cargo operation and formalities, the vessel sailed from Sousse on May 7th headed to Çanakkale, Turkey, with an ETA of May 11th.

2000-built, Turkey-flagged, 4,721 gt BMI Express is owned by Akisar Denizcilik care of manager Bayraktar Gemi of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with West of England (Eastern Claims team) on behalf of Akhisar Denizcilik ve Gemi Isletmeciligi Tic AS.

A fire broke out in the engine room of bunkering tanker Punta Azzurra (IMO 8420347) at Civitavecchia, Italy on May 9th during the refuelling of cruise ship Celebrity Constellation (IMO 9192399). No damage was reported to the cruise ship. The Civitavecchia harbour master’s office responded to the fire with the assistance of two tugs, pilots, mooring crews, and the Civitavecchia Fire Brigade. The flames were extinguished quickly and the barge was disconnected from Celebrity Constellation and moved to a safe distance. During the towing operations, the CP 305 patrol boat of the Coast Guard took steps to regulate the traffic. Thermal imaging cameras and other equipment was used to verify that the fire was completely out and the bunkering tanker was taken to quay 23 for mooring and subsequent safety inspection.

1986-built, Italy flagged, 825 gt Punta Azzurra is owned and managed by Anapo Srl of Augusta, SR, Italy. ISM manager is Rimorchiatori Off Shore SpA of Civitavecchia RM, Italy. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Anapo Srl.

General cargo ship Maranta (IMO 9206669), which had been listed as not under control in the Ionian Sea since May 6th, was taken on tow by tug Ioannis (IMO 8417845) late on May 8th, port of destination unclear. Cause of trouble unknown. The vessel had been travelling from Cagliari, Italy to Hereke, Marmara Sea, Turkey, with an initial ETA of May 9th. As of May 11th the vessel was moored in Preveza.

2020-built, Cook Islands-flagged, 4,028 gt Maranta is owned by Oceanic International Shipping care of Dtschart Sp zoo of Zyrardow, Poland.