Marine accident round-up : 14th August 2018

Authorities have begun a detailed inspection of  crude oil tanker Desh Shakti (IMO 9263734), which they suspect was involved in a mid-sea collision off Kochi on August 7th, leading to the sinking of a fishing vessel. Preliminary inspection had failed to establish beyond doubt any involvement in the collision with the fishing vessel, variously names “Oceanic” or “Oceana”. Three fishermen were killed and nine went missing in the accident. On August 11th an Indian Coast Guard vessel ” recovered the body of one of the missing fishermen, while another fishing vessel found a body in its nets on August 11th, making five certain deaths, with eight still missing. Reportedly a few scratches were found on Desh Shakti, but it remained to be confirmed whether these were caused by the collision. A detailed examination of the hull and keel will follow. During the primary inspection, the team collected the navigational documents including the Voyage Data Recorder. Desj Shakti has been berthed at New Mangalore Port since August 9th. Attempts to forensically examine the debris of the sunken boat have been fruitless. Only a few parts of the boat’s wheel-house, a portion which does not come into contact with the object on the other side during a collision, have been recovered. Rescue teams have been unable thus far to identify the exact location of the collision or where the wreckage of the Oceanic lies. 2004-built, India-flagged, 84,261 gt Desh Shakti is owned and managed by the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) of Mumbai, India. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.

One of the tugs that was scheduled to tow stranded fish carrier Seikongen (IMO 9793985) to Talcahuano, Chile, suffered an engine failure and was forced to suspend the trip. The Maritime authority requested a second vessel to take the ship from the Bay of Ancud to Talcahuano.

Waves damaged the port side anchor clamp of passenger ship Agia Marina Aiginis (IMO 8650966) early on August 11th, the captain informed Piraeus Port Authority, resulting in the loss of anchor in the sea. The ship sailed safely to the port of Piraeus with 11 crew members and 50 passengers on board. The port authority of Argosaronikos detained the ship for repairs, and the next scheduled sailing had to be cancelled. The passengers and vehicles were forwarded to their destination with other ships. 5000-built, Greece-flagged, 298 gt Agia Marina Aiginis is owned and managed by Porthmiaki I Maritime Co of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Hanseatic.

Strong winds caught passenger/cargo RoRo Blue Star Paros (IMO 9241774) during the departure from the port of ‎Ermoupoli upon Syros, Greece, during the afternoon of August 11th. The drifting ferry allided with a quay and suffered damage to her starboard side stern ramp, the lifting of which had not yet been completed. The damage caused a malfunction of the hydraulic system. The ferry, which had 1,356 passengers on board, was detained. After a class inspection the ship was allowed to sail in the early morning of Aug 12.  2005-built, Greece-flagged, 10,438 gt Blue Star Paros is owned and managed by Blue Star Ferries of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Blue Star Ferries Maritime SA.

Oil products tanker Vyacheslav Pankov (IMO 8848745) ran aground in the Tsimlyansk Reservoir at the 2,707km mark on the River Don shortly before noon on August 9th. The tanker suffered a loss of draft of 60cm. She was en route from Saratov to Kavkaz with a cargo of 3,030 tonnes of gasoil. On August 10th the owner took measures to refloat the vessel. 1974-built, Russia-flagged, 2,873 gt Vyacheslav Pankov is owned by Vladimirovich PV care of KSC Trans-Flot of Samara, Russia. Manager is Temp Plus OOO of Samara, Russia. It is entered with VSK Insurance.