Marine accident round-up : 12th September 2019

The Guangzhou Maritime Court will sell tankship Bramco 1 (IMO 8814639) by auction on October 8th, four years after Bahraini owner Bramco abandoned the ship at the Cosco Guangzhou Shipyard with 12 crew members on board. The tanker was undergoing a conversion into a bulk carrier at the shipyard when the project was suspended due to a financial dispute between the shipyard and the owner. According to a court filing about 95% of the conversion work had been completed. The court ruled that the vessel be auctioned at the request of the ship’s crews, who have been left unpaid by the owner. The International Transport Workers’ Federation arrested the vessel in 2017 after it found the crews’ living and health condition were deteriorating. The starting price for the vessel in the auction is RMB23.1m ($3.25m). 1990-built. Bahrain-flagged, 26,162 gt Bramco 1 is owned and managed by Bramco WLL of Manama, Bahrain.

Pleasure craft Nero (IMO 1008449) capsized in dry dock 1, Genoa, during the evening of September 10th. Shortly after entering the dock the yacht tilted to port side after the collapse of a support panel. Four people were seriously injured and taken to hospital. Two more were rescued from the yacht. The fire brigade secured the ship in its position. 2007-built, Cayman Islands-flagged, 1,413 gt Nero is owned by Weirview Ltd care of manager Dohle Yachts of Douglas, Isle of Man. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Weirview Ltd.

Several vehicles and one truck aboard passenger ship Hypatia de Alejandría (IMO 9498755) fell over during the night of September 10th while the vessel was north of Mallorca in stormy weather. The ferry was serving the route Barcelona-Alcúdia-Ciutadella and headed to Palma after the incident, where the badly damaged cars were removed. Around dawn on September 11th the ferry berthed at the Multipurpose Terminal in the eastern port of Palma. 2019-built, Cyprus-flagged, 28,658 gt Hypatia de Alejandría is owned and managed by Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas of Denia, Alicante, Spain. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas SA.

Norwegian oil company Equinor has commenced cleaning up spills from its South Riding Point oil terminal on Grand Bahama. The South Riding Point oil terminal was damaged by the hurricane; oil has been observed on the ground at the terminal site and in neighbouring areas. The size of the spill is not yet clear. Equinor has secured vessels and equipment for oil spill response in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, and from various ports across southeast Florida.