Marine accident round-up : 13th May 2022

Tanker Sunny Liger (IMO 9332626), which is currently en route to Gibraltar with a cargo of Russian oil, will be prevented from entering British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, receiving any services at the port or offloading its cargo. The ship was due to arrive on May 14th. The Port Authority said that it was keeping a close eye on all approaching ships in case they had links with Russia; those that did would be turned away. As of May 12th the vessel was in the Bay of Biscay, destination still indicated as Gibraltar.

2008-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 42,893 gt Sunny Liger is owned and managed by Sunny Liger Shipping LLC of Majuro, Marshall Islands. ISM manager is Scorpio Marine Management of Mumbai, India. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Sunny Liger Shipping LLC.

Two port workers were reported to have died of suffocation aboard bulk carrier Wei He (IMO 9601091) at the Karachi Port Trust on May 10th. The body of one of the labourers was recovered quickly, but it took quite some time to recover that of the second one. The men entered a wrong hatch by mistake and fell a considerable distance. They died of suffocation. The ship was carrying seeds from and had docked on April 30th. As of May 12th the vessel was moored at port in Karachi.

2012-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 43,550 gt Wei He is owned by Fastlink Shipping Ltd care of Wei Fong Shipping Co Ltd of Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team Hong Kong) on behalf of Fastlink Shipping Ltd.

The owner of container ship Mathu Bhum (IMO 8813647) has protested at the detention of the vessel in Belawan, Indonesia, stating that the company did not know what was in the containers, because Regional Container Lines (RCL) was a transporter, not a freight forwarder. The company and its lawyers filed a protest and appeal, demanding the ship’s release. The vessel was detained for violating Indonesia’s short-term ban on the export of refined, bleached and deodorized (RBD) palm oil. The vessel had 34 containers on board with the product inside when it was intercepted.

1990-built, Singapore-flagged, 11,079 gt Mathu Bhum is owned by Regional Container Lines Pte care of manager RCL Shipmanagement Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Swedish Club (Asia Team) on behalf of Regional Container Lines Pte Ltd.

LPG tanker Gas Grouper (IMO 9445954) requested the medical evacuation of a crew member with respiratory problems on May 11th, when the vessel was off the Canary Islands. CCS Las Palmas of Salvamento Marítimo mobilized an SAR helicopter which hoisted the patient and transported him to Lanzarote from a position 118 miles away. As of May 12th the vessel was en route from Jorf Lasfar, Morocco, to Algeciras, Spain, ETA May 13th.

2009-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 22,978 gt Gas Grouper is owned by Gas Grouper Navigation Inc care of manager Prime Gas management Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Gas Grouper Shipping LLC.

Bulk carrier Microstep (IMO 9125918) ran aground in China Strait, Mine Bay, southeastern Papua New Guinea, on May 3rd. The ship was transiting the Strait in eastern direction when it  grounded on reefs. Salvage required partial offloading, which took place on May 8th. The vessel was then refloated and anchored near the grounding site in order to load the offloaded logs and undergo inspection and investigation. An underwater inspection found no damage to the ship’s hull. On May 10th the ship moved into Mine Bay and was anchored off Gurney, Papua New Guinea. As of May 11th the vessel remained anchored.

1996-built, Panama-flagged, 17,209 gt Microstep is owned by Curious Shipping Ltd care of Feng Sea Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with North of England on behalf of China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association (CPI).