Marine accident round-up : 14th February 2019

Container vessel Ever Given (IMO 9811000) merely “brushed” ferry boat Finkenwerder (MMSI 211437300, length 25 m) while the latter was berthed at Blankenese ferry pier, Hamburg, on February 9th, reports Maritime Bulletin. Ever Given was moving downstream on the Elbe at the time and video of the incident showed that reports of a “collision” were overstated. Ever Given was either out of control or far off track, just a fraction too close to the ferry pier. The container ship continued her way without stopping, because an emergency stop of such a giant ship would be an accident in itself, subsequent reports said, noting of local reports that Finkenwerder had been “hit” were true, all that would have been left of the ferry would have been debris. The slight touch that occurred was still enough to inflict significant damage. Ever Given continued her voyage from Hamburg to Rotterdam. 2018-built, Panama-flagged, 217,612 gt Ever Given is owned by Luster Maritime/Higaki Sangyo care of Shoei Kisen Co Ltd of Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. ISM manager is Bernhard Schulte –HKG LP of Hong Kong. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group London J1) on behalf of Luster Maritime SA.

Floating crane Gulliver was mobilized to sunken Norwegian navy frigate Helge Ingstad during the night of February 12th and moored the following morning. Although the necessary five-to-six days weather window needed to raise the frigate was not in sight, a smaller time window was used to practise moorings and communication procedures. During the raising of the frigate, the cranes Gulliver and Rambiz will have to lift simultaneously while moored next to each other.

The Salim N1 (IMO 8773380) was refloated and towed to the first convenient anchorage on February 11th, four days after drifting onto the beach at Famagusta. A detailed damage survey was underway at the anchorage. The ship had become stuck on the beach next to the Gülseren military barracks. The crew was rescued with the help of Turkish National Coast Guard and rescue teams. The ship had been anchored off the coast for a month before the incident occurred. 1952-built, Tanzania-flagged, 148 gt Salim N1 is owned and managed by Med Petrol Inc of Panama City, Panama.

Cargo ship Nordic Erika (IMO 9528495) was at Campbeltown Harbour on February 6th during a search for a missing male, when it was noticed that the vessel was damaged. The incident was reported to a duty surveyor. The vessel was be inspected with plans to rectify the issues. 2009-built, Netherlands-flagged, 2,663 gt Nordic Erika is owned by Nordic Erika BV care of Nordic Chartering AB of Vaasa, Finland. ISM manager is Flagship Management Co BV of Farmsum, Netherlands. It is entered with North of England on behalf of NN P&I Club.

Tug Dionysios Z was appointed to tow chemical / oil carrier Athlos (IMO 9539858) to a shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, for repairs. Towage began on February 7th with an ETA at Tuzla of February 13th. 2010-built, Malta-flagged, 4,908 gt Athlos is owned by Athlos Maritime Co Ltd care of Enea management Inc, Athens, Greece. It is entered with West of England (claims contact – Greece, General) on behalf of Athlos Maritime Co Ltd.