Marine accident round-up : 13th May 2020

Bulk carrier Asia Pearl IV (IMO 9502764)  ran aground off Mendanau Island on May 2nd while en route from Laem Chabang, Thailand, to Merak, Thailand, loaded with 30,000 tons of sugar. The ship was firmly aground and the owners were reported to have contracted  PT Samudera Mbianti Sesami and SMIT Land Marine Engineering (Far East) Pte Ltd under Lloyd’s Open Form to refloat the vessel. It was reported likely that General Average would be declared. 2010-built, Singapore-flagged 22,402 gt Asia Pearl IV is owned by Maritime Asia Pearl Pte Ltd care of manager Asia Maritime Pacific of Shanghai, China. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Asia Division) on behalf of Maritime Asia Pearl Pte Ltd.

A missing Ukrainian sailor from bulk carrier Panamax Alexander (IMO 9233492) was found by fishermen off the Mexican coast. On May 10th the Ukrainian Embassy in Mexico received a message about the disappearance of a citizen of Ukraine aboard the ship. The captain initiated a search for the crew member at the place of a possible fall into the sea and the incident was reported to the port administration of Masatlan. His body eventually was found by local fishermen. A criminal case was opened. The bulk carrier had sailed from Gunsan on April 15th and berthed in Manzanillo on May 10th. 2001-built, Cyprus-flagged, 38,928 gt Panamax Alexander is owned and managed by Pacific Pearl Co Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group Piraeus H1) on behalf of Pacific Pearl Co Ltd.

Chemical/oil products tanker Seaven Joy (IMO 9539949) suffered engine failure in western Kafirea Straits, Myrtoan sea, late on May 7th while en route from Piraeus in an eastern direction. The disabled drifting tanker was towed to Lavrion anchorage, southeast Attica, Greece where she anchored on May 8th. 2010-built, Greece-flagged, 3,153 gt Seaven Joy is owned by Montano Maritime Co care of Seaven Tanker Management Co of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Montano MC.

The master of bulk carrier Aurora Christine (IMO 9214862) died on May 10th while sitting in his chair. The vessel was berthed at Cilacap, southern Java, at the time. It was understood that the 52-year old Master died from either a stroke, heart attack or aneurysm. Although Covid-19 was not a factor in the death, his body was taken off the board in accordance with all biohazard protocols, and all crew were tested for infection. None tested positive. The ship, carrying a cargo of coal, had arrived from southern Kalimantan on May 8th. 2000-built, Indonesia-flagged, 26,038 gt Aurora Christine is owned and managed by Asia Mulia Transpasifik of Jakarta, Indonesia.