Marine accident round-up : 13th March 2020

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Gard operational update

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Container ship Stadt Dresden (IMO 9320049) was in collision with the cargo m/v İbrahim Şimşek (IMO 7504653) early on March 10th in Izmit Bay. The cargo vessel ran into the port side stern of the container ship, which was breached above the water line. İbrahim Şimşek dropped anchor with significant bow damage and had lost her starboard side bow anchor. Both ships dropped anchor near the collision site.

2006-built, Portugal-flagged, 27,971 gt Stadt Dresden is owned by AS Clara OpCo BV care of manager Contchart BV of Rhoon, Netherlands. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of AS Clara OpCo BV.

1983-built, Turkey-flagged, 4,045 gt Ibrahim Simsek is owned by Melih Denizcilik care of manager M&M Marine Shipping Co of Istanbul, Turkey.

The stabilization of the Pampero continues. Two cracks of 40 cm length and 1 cm width have now been plugged. This has considerably reduced leaks. The quantities of dispersed cargo were minimal. Pampero was heavily damaged by an allision in a lock at Sablons on the Rhône shortly after midnight on February 18th. On March 4th a new phase of operations started with the lightering of the contents of the eight tanks of 350 m3 each by STS transfer to barge Samoen. For the first six tanks this was fairly straightforward, but the wheelhouse had collapsed on the deck, damaging tanks 7 and 8. After raising the wheelhouse, lightering of the two damaged tanks required extending the safety perimeter by 150 metres to 550 metres, Around 40 inhabitants and around 10 employees from a sawmill had to be evacuated from March 8th until March 10th. The removal of the barge will then be carried out by its owner, and the lock gate must be repaired by the CNR. Meanwhile, the river traffic remained interrupted for an indefinite period.

French report with photo:

Chemical/oil products tanker Blue Star (IMO 9527764) left its berth at the Navantia Ferrol Yard during the morning of March 10th. Since its arrival at the beginning of February emergency repairs had been carried out, but the owner and the yard could not reach an agreement regarding the price of its repair. The convoy was headed to Tuzla with an ETA of March 28th. 2011-built, Malta-flagged, 7,386 gt Blue Star is owned by Cappadocia Shipping Ltd. Commercial manager is listed by Equasis as Team Tankers Intl of Hamilton, Bermuda. ISM manager is MTM Ship Management Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European syndicate) on behalf of Cappadocia Shipping Ltd.

Oil pollution was detected by the Thessaloniki Port Authority in the port area at quay 11 during the morning of March 9th. Cement carrier NACC Sirios (IMO 9266891) had apparently spilled about 50 litres of fuel oil during bunkering operations. The Port Authority informed the master and the ship owner and took all necessary measures to address and counteract the pollution. A floating barrier and absorbent materials were laid out by a contracted anti-pollution company. The master of the vessel was interrogated by the Port Authority in the frame of a pre-trial investigation. On March 10 at 7.50 a.m. the cement carrier left the port, headed to Marghera.

2003-built, panama-flagged, 4,997 gt NACC Sirios is owned by NACC Sirios SA care of manager Sirios Shipmanagement Corp of Chalkida, Greece.

A fire broke out aboard luxury yacht Yas (IMO 8652201) at the Blohm and Voss shipyard in dock 16 in Hamburg during the morning of March 10th. A total of around 60 emergency services were on site. Around 150 metres of wiring harnesses in the bow area had caught fire during welding works. No injuries were reported. The ship had arrived at the yard on December 23rd for an overhaul.

1981-built, Cayman Islands-flagged, 5,002 gt Yas is owned by Yas Holding care of manager Camper & Nicholsons Intl – France of Antibes, France.