Marine accident round-up : 13th February 2019

Bulk carrier Pacific Queen (IMO 9497359) became disabled and adrift on February 28th, roughly halfway between Brazil and Cape Town, after sailing from Porto Do Acu on February 23rd, bound for Singapore, SAR tug SA Amandla was contracted for towage to Cape Town ETA March 26th. 2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 91,971 gt Pacific Queen is owned by Bulk Germany Unternehmens care of manager Columbia Ship Management (Deutschland) GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European Syndicate) on behalf of Bulk Germany Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG.

The US Coast Guard is investigating a barge collision in Mississippi River on March 7th after a tow boat moving six barges down the Mississippi River crashed into a shipyard in Iberville Parish. The USCG said that several barges were knocked loose from the Plaquemine Point Shipyard as a result, but they have since been secured. The crash did not appear to cause any injuries or leave any hazardous material in the river.

Product tanker Arista Leo (IMO 9828235) was detained by Vietnamese Marine Police on March 10th in Con Dao island area, South China Sea, Vietnam, with about 300 tons of allegedly illegal gasoline on board that she was transferring to another ship. The tanker was taken to Vung Tau for investigation.

2018-built, Singapore-flagged, 2,154 gt Arista Leo is owned by Htwel Shipping Pte Ltd care of manager Impex Navigation (Thailand) Co Ltd of Bangkok, Thailand.

General cargo ship Efe Murat (IMO 7431131) was refloated early on March 11th. Tugs Pantokrator and Platytera first rotated the ship’s bow 180 degrees and then continued to pull it a few degrees to the right and left, moving it offshore until the stern was freed. The ship was berthed at the San Cataldo pier in Bari. The vessel ran aground on a breakwater off Bari, Italy, on February 23rd, 1977-built, Turkey-flagged, 2,920 gt Efe Murat is owned and managed by Efemay Denizcilik Ve Ticaret of Istanbul, Turkey.