Marine accident round-up : 13th July 2021

Fire broke out on cargo deck of tanker Ketaling (IMO 9179880) on July 10th. It had recently dry-docked at PT Multi Ocean Shipyard floating dock at Karimun, Karimunbesar island, Indonesia. The fire was believed to be extinguished, having been sparked off by a shortcut.

1998-built, Indonesia-flagged, 5,119 gt Ketaling is owned by Maritindo care of manager Pertamina PT of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of PT Pertamina (Persero).

Four crew members of chemical tanker Songa Sapphire (IMO 9444467) tested positive at Tarragona, Spain, on July 7th. The ship was placed under quarantine. Two of the four who tested positive were taken to hospital after their health deteriorated. The tanker arrived from Algeciras, having previously called at Dunkirk and Rotterdam.

2008-built, Malta-flagged, 11,472 gt Songa Sapphire is owned by Songa Product & Chemical care of manager Navig8 Chemicals Inc of Westport, Connecticut, USA. ISM is Songa Shipmanagement Ltd of Paisley, UK. It is entered with Standard Club (European Division) on behalf of Songa Product and Chemical Tankers AS.

Two general cargo ships owned by the same company collided in the Azov Sea at Taganrog Port, Russia. General cargo ship SV Knyaz Vladimir (IMO 9247613) lost control while proceeding to berth and struck the already berthed general cargo ship Rusich 6 (IMO 9345714), shortly before midday local time on July 7th. The Rusich 6 hull was breached on the port side in the cargo hold area. The extent of damages was under assessment and an investigation into the incident has begun. Both ships remain at Taganrog port, as of Jul 8.

2003-built, Russia-flagged, 4,974 gt SV Knyaz Vladimir is owned by Volgo-Balt Shipping Ltd care of manager JSC Volga Shipping of Novgorod, Russia.

It is entered with Standard Club on behalf of Joint Stock Volga Shipping.

2005-built, Russia-flagged, 4,870 gt Rusich-6 has the same owner and manager.

It is entered with Standard Club on behalf of Joint Stock Volga Shipping.

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Fishing boat Viking Bay (IMO 9221516), which was carrying two people infected with Covid-19, will dock in Wellington, New Zealand. Plans for the ship were announced on July 11th after earlier in the week Port Taranaki had barred the ship from entering its port. The vessel, which has 20 crew members on board, was due to dock at Queens Wharf in Wellington on July 12th. Perimeter fencing will cordon off the area to prevent public access, with the authorities stepping up security at the wharf and on-water patrols. All 20 crew members will be undergoing a comprehensive health check, including testing, on arrival. Most of them will then be transported securely to a managed Isolation and Quarantine facility where they will complete at least 14 days in managed isolation.

As of July 12th the vessel remained moored at Wellington.

1999-built, Spain-flagged, 626 gt Viking Bay is owned and managed by Casilmar Gestion SL of Vigo (Pontevedra), Spain.