Marine accident round-up : 13th January 2021

Cargo ship MSC Jessenia R, (IMO 9215672) diverted to Bermuda during  the night of January 4th after a medical emergency on board, while en route from Cape Town to New York. The rescue mission was aborted the next morning after the crew member – a 51-year-old Indian – died. RCC Bermuda was called at 19:30 on January 4th when the ship was 290 miles south of Bermuda. It intended to arrive offshore at Bermuda during the morning of January 5th to transfer the patient. Following further consultation with the shipping company, and a US Coast Guard flight surgeon, it was established that the patient’s condition was deteriorating and he passed away while the ship was on route to Bermuda. The vessel subsequently continued her passage to New York, berthing at the Port Newark Container Terminal on January 7th.

2001-built, Liberia-flagged, 40,085 gt MSC Jessenia R is owned by Jessenia Shipping Ltd care of manager MSC Shipmanagement Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Jessenia Shipping Ltd.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Gambolo‘ (IMO 8668846) ran aground after being hit by a storm in West Sumatra. It hit bottom near the Tuapejat Pier, North Sipora District, Mentawai Islands Regency, West Sumatra, during the afternoon of January 8th. Officers from the Mentawai Search and Relief Office (Basarnas) carried out an evacuation. The ferry  had been en route from the Sioban Pier, Sipora Selatan Subdistrict,  to the Tuapejat Pier when it was caught by a gust of wind and became stuck. There were 18 crew members and two passengers on board. SAR ships took the two passengers of the ferry.

2012-built, Indonesia-flagged, 560 gt Gambolo is owned by Indonesia Govt Min Land Momms and managed by ASdp Indonesia Ferry of Jakarta, Indonesia.

High-speed craft Vetlefjord (IMO 9264348) has been docked in Trondheim, Norway, since December 19th 2020, after one propeller shaft was damaged after a rope got caught in it, while it was sailing between Sula and Dyroy. The vessel diverted to Selfa in Trondheim under its own power for damage assessment and repairs. The ship remained stationary as of January 8th.

2003-built, Norway-flagged, 142 gt Vetlefjord is owned and managed by Fosennamsos SJO AS of Trondheim, Norway.

The former Costa Victoria will be scrapped, according to reports. The 1996-built ship will be towed to Turkey later this month, where she will be demolished. The former Costa Victoria was sold by Carnival Corp during the early weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic, to Genova Industrie Navali Srl., which under the GIN Group owns a number of drydocks and shipyards in Europe. There were rumours that the ship was being considered for use as a hotel ship or for use for drydock work, but those deals would appear to have fallen through.

General cargo ship Hailong Bravo (IMO 9312353) was arrested by a Singapore court on January 10th, possibly over a dispute regarding payments for goods and services. The ship was held by the local law firm Oon & Bazul at the East Anchorage. 2004-built, Panama-flagged, 6,002 gt Hai Long Bravo is owned and managed by Boss PRP Group Petrol of Istanbul, Turkey.