Marine accident round-up : 13th September 2021

A cargo of plywood was reported to have caught fire in the hold of general cargo ship Loa Fortune (IMO 9526265) on September 10th while the vessel was berthed at Moerdijk, Netherlands. Fighting the fire apparently took some time because containers had to be removed from the cargo deck in order to get direct access to fire, a Moerdijk emergency official said. As of September 11th it remained moored in Moerdijk.

2014-built, Panama-flagged, 19,534 gt Loa Fortune is owned by Xiangchi Shanghai Ship Charter care of manager Tianjin Xinhai International Shipping Management of Tianjin, China. ISM manager is Shanghai Lianbowei Shipping Management of Shanghai, China. It is entered with West of England (Hong Kong claims team) on behalf of Xiangchi (Shanghai) Ship Chartering Co Ltd.

LPG tanker Forte De Sao Marcos (IMO 9268679) suffered an explosion in one of its cargo tanks at around noon local time on September 9th while the vessel was docked at Porto de Aratu, Bahia State, Brazil. The explosion was followed by a considerable amount of white smoke emanating from the ship’s cargo area. Apparently there was a fire, which was quickly extinguished by the crew, and no injures had been reported thus far. The extent of damages was unknown. A naval inspection team said that one explosion occurred, and that this was during the tank’s degassing procedures. As of September 11th the vessel was still moored in Aratu, Brazil.

2003-built, Brazil-flagged, 6,940 gt Forte De Sao Marcos is owned and managed by Elcano Navegacao of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Empresa De Navegacao Elcano SA.

Bulk carrier Coral Crystal (IMO 9591985) briefly ran aground during the morning of September 9th while transiting the Suez Canal, the Suez Canal Authority has reported. After the incident the SCA said that it had handled a “very brief” grounding incident of the vessel, at the 54 km mark in the western branch of Al- Ballah bypass, while heading south, en route from Constanta to Port Sudan, with 43,000 tons of cargo on board. The incident was resolved with the help of SCA tug boats, and the ship resumed its transit through the canal. Traffic was not negatively impacted in any way since it was directed to the eastern branch of Al- Ballah bypass, according to the SCA. The 78,100 dwt bulker apparently suffered a mechanical issue.

2012-built, Panama-flagged, 41,963 gt Coral Crystal is owned by Lua Line/Okino Kaiun care of manager World Marine Co Ltd of Tokyo, Japan. ISM manager is Oino Marine Service Co Ltd of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with Gard (website currently down for maintenance so unconfirmed). As of September 11th the vessel was underway using engine to Port Sudan, ETA September 13th.

Container ship Ever Lifting (IMO 9629122) contacted Uruguay MRCC during the afternoon of August 29th to report a man overboard, some 12 nm south of Pirapolis, Uruguay, east of Montevideo. An SAR was launched with deployment of helicopter, boats from nearby ports, including a Navy minesweeper, but apparently the missing grew member was not found. The Ever Lifting then berthed at Montevideo, its scheduled port of call, late on August 29th.

2015-built, UK-flagged, 101,063 gt Ever Lifting is owned and managed by Evergreen Marine UK Ltd of London, UK. It is entered with Gard (website down for maintenance at moment, so, unconfirmed). As of September 10th it was en route from Santos to Singapore, having departed September 9th and with an ETA of September 27th.

Bulk carrier Consolidator (IMO 9368869) suffered an engine failure during the afternoon of August 29th when about to enter the Bosphorus from Marmara sea, ballasting from Italy to Ukraine. The ship was towed to Ahirkapi anchorage by a Bosphorus Traffic Control SAR tug. As of September 11th the vessel was moored in Chornomorsk.

2007-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 32,379 gt Consolidator is owned by Miracle Maritime Co care of Evalend Shipping Co Sa of Athens, Greece. It is entered with West of England (Greece Claims Team) on behalf of Miracle Maritime Co.

Refrigerated cargo ship Libra (IMO 9009683) arrived at Montevideo anchorage, Uruguay, on August 28th, interrupting its voyage from Lagos, Nigeria to Port Stanley, Falkland Isles, after encountering an medical emergency. Six crew were transferred to hospital, one of them reported to have died already. The dead seaman, a Lithuanian national, and two of the hospitalized tested positive for Covid 19. Three of those hospitalized have “serious condition”. Of the five hospitalized three were Russians and two were Lithuanians.

1991-built, Lithuania-flagged, 4,587 gt is owned and managed by Limarko Shipping Co AB of Klaipeda, Lithuania. It is entered with West of England (European Claims Team) on behalf of Limarko Shipping Co AB. As of September 11th it was still at Montevideo anchorage.