Marine accident round-up : 13th June 2019

India’s Sikka Ports and Terminals Ltd, which handles crude oil and refined products for Reliance Industries Ltd, closed berthing of vessels at its western Indian port on Wednesday due to a cyclone warning. Sikka ports also handle oil and refined products cargo for Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd, a subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corp. Most of the vessels reportedly had already been moved out as a safety precaution. The port was likely to be closed for at least one to two days. Storm Vayu, which formed in the Arabian Sea, is likely to cross the Gujarat coast with gust speeds as high as 170 km/h (84 mph), the India Meteorological Department said.

Offshore supply ship Maridive 601 (IMO 9643374) rescued 75 migrants in international waters but 10 days later it remains stranded off the Tunisian coast. Authorities have refused to let it dock, the Red Crescent said on June 9th. The tug had taken the migrants aboard off the southern Tunisian coast in late May after they embarked from Libya. A Red Crescent team based in the southern Tunisian city of Zarzis delivered aid and medical care to the migrants, some of whom were ill. The captain has appealed to Tunisian authorities for urgent permission to access Zarzis port. 2012-built, Belize-flagged, 3,404 gt Maridive 61 is owned and managed by Maridive SAE of Alexandria, Egypt. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Maridive & Oil Services (S.A.E).

Troon, Scotland-based Progress – AR 871 collided with moored crude oil tanker Decathlon (IMO 9462926) – which had been at anchor in Ayr Bay – early on June 10th. The Progress AR 871 was on her way to fishing grounds at the time. RNLB Jim Moffat from Troon was called out. Marine Protection ship Minna was also sent to the tanker which did not suffer any damage. None of the six crew aboard the trawler suffered any injury. The Progress was able to limp back to Troon under its own steam but was escorted by the lifeboat anyway. Damage to the trawler was so extensive that the trawler had to tie up at Troon awaiting work at the Alexander Noble & Son boat repairer. The full height of the bow has been damaged and the metal mast at the front collapsed as the impact fractured the bowrail and mountings.  2012-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 81,493 gt Decathlon is owned by Delmer Marine Corp care of manager Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement of Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group London L2) on behalf of Delmer Marine Corp.

Containership Tian Fu He (IMO 9437567) has been stranded near Qinzhou Port for the past three days. According to a notice sent by Shanghai Pan Asia Shipping, a subsidiary of the ship’s manager Cosco, the 5,089 teu panamax ran aground when it was entering the Qinzhou Port on June 9th. The vessel works Cosco’s domestic container shipping services. Operations to refloat the vessel were reportedly ongoing. 2010-built, China-flagged, 54,005 gt Tian Fu He is owned and ISM managed by Shanghai Ocean Shipping Co Ltd. Commercial manager is Cosco Shipping Lines Co Ltd. Both are of Shanghai, China. It is entered with West of England Club (Hong Kong claims team) on behalf of Shanghai Ocean Shipping Co.

Passenger/cargo RoRo Røst (IMO 9035709) has been docked in Svolvær since May 17th after it allided with the quay at Skrova. The ship suffered damage to the inner bow port and had to be taken out of service. The Røst was being repaired at the Lofoten Sveiseindustri now and will remain out of service until further notice. It was reported that a sailor was at the helm of the ship at the time. The sailor manoeuvred to the quay as part of the exercises for substitute function. Approximately three meters before the vessel hit the ferry quay, the speed was about 0.5 knots. The captain asked the sailor to slacken further, but he put the pitch full forward, not a little aft and the ship hip hit the quay.

1991-built, Norway-flagged, 2052 gt Røst is owned and managed by Torghatten Nord AS of Tromso, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Torghatten Nord AS. It is entered for H&M with Alandia on behalf of Torghatten ASA, with Gard having a subscription position.