Marine accident round-up : 13th September 2019

More than 70 containers were lost after 2,470-teu Xin Ou 21 developed a heavy starboard list at night off Zhoushan en route to Rizhao, reported Kiev’s Maritime Bulletin. The ship is understood to be safe, anchored north of Zhoushan, with authorities organizing the recovery of dozens of containers and their content, which were floating in the sea and scattered around coastline. Recovery operations were under way, with all ships navigating in the area warned to be on the lookout for floating containers as a hazard to navigation.

The fire aboard cargo ship Kiran Asya (IMO 9040895) was fully extinguished and a cooling operation had been completed by around midday on September 10th. An initial damage survey was carried out by the surveyor panel from the Classification society, H&M insurance and state surveyors. The vessel was discharging its cargo at the Atakas pier in Iskenderun, after which repairs would be scheduled. 2005-built, Turkey-flagged, 39,555 gt Kiran Asya is owned by Kirtrans Denizcilik Ve Ticaret and managed by Pasifik Gemi Isletmeciligi, both of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Copenhagen) on behalf of Pasifik Gemi Isletmeciligi Ve T.

Supply vessel Drifa (IMO 8133138) allided with the Vice Admiral Moorman Bridge on the Nieuwe Diep in Den Helder, while reversing on the waterway during the evening of September 11th. The ship was considerably damaged at the rear as a result, where part of the steel was bent. The damage to the bridge, which had visible scratches, was not yet known. Traffic over the bridge was not impacted. Nobody was reported as injured. 1967-built, Panama-flagged, 191 gt Drifa is owned by Mairan Shipping BV care of manager Glomar Shipmanagement BV of Den Helder, Netherlands. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Glomar Shipmanagement BV.

On September 11th the 34th and final victim of the fire aboard the Conception was recovered by divers. Seven bodies still remained to be identified. 21 women and 13 men, ranging from 16 to 62 years old died, apparently from smoke inhalation.

A fire broke out on the aft deck of cargo ship Debussy (IMO 9445576) on September 9th while the vessel was transiting the Strait of Georgia en route from Seattle to Vancouver. The crew managed to extinguish the fire, which was described as minor. The ship berthed in Vancouver early on September 10th, proceeding to Los Angeles on September 11th, with an ETA of September 15th. 2009-built, Liberia-flagged, 41,358 gt Debussy is owned by Bomar Jacksonville LLC care of manager Borealis Maritime LLC of London, UK. ISM manager is CPO Containerschiffreederei of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Bomar Jacksonville LLC . It is entered for hull and machinery with Norwegian Hull Club on behalf of Borealis Maritime Ltd.