Marine accident round-up : 14th February 2020

American destroyer USS Delbert D Black was reported to have sustained millions of dollars in damage after being hit by heavy load carrier Hawk (IMO 8616556), which had been heading into the port at Huntington Ingall’s Mississippi shipyard on March 29, 2019. A report on the accident has been published which showed that there was disagreement on the bridge as the vessel was heading into the port. The captain, who had three local pilots on board, warned them that the ship already should have reduced speed. However, the pilot at the helm preferred to use the two tugs behind the ship to reduce the speed, but this failed. As a result the Hawk first hit a barge and then the destroyer. The total cost was estimated at just over $30m. 1989-built, Norway-flagged, 44,657gt Hawk is owned by OHT Hawk AS care of manager Offshore Heavy Transport AS of Oslo, Norway. ISM manager is Songa Shipmanagement Ltd of Paisley, UK. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of OHT Hawk AS. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Songa Shipmanagement

After the loss of several containers from the OOCL Rauma (IMO 9462794), pallets, beams and paper rolls were observed on February 12th by an aircraft of the Dutch Coast Guard. No floating containers were seen. It was confirmed that the contents of the two remaining containers was milk powder. The other containers contained paper rolls in three containers and package equipment for paper machines in two containers. No hazardous substances were stated by the captain when the ship sailed through the Kieler Canal on February 10th. The ship had turned its bow in the wind and was waiting for the weather to calm down to continue its journey, as there were more shifted containers hanging over the port side of the deck. 2009-built, Netherlands-flagged, 17,488 gt OOCL Rauma is owned by Elysee Bewaarder BV care of JR Ship Management of Harlingen, Netherlands. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of JR Shipping BV.

Ardent Salvage, which has been contracted to recover 60 identified containers of the 81 that went overboard from containership YM Efficiency (IMO 9353280), will begin operations in late March using purpose designed offshore salvage vessel Pride with two cranes and two remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROUV). A custom-made metal basket will be used to hold each container, intact or broken, as it is hauled to the surface. Each container will be drained of water and thoroughly cleaned of any barnacles before being brought on board and processed. Recycling of as much of the container contents as possible will then take place. The cost of the clean-up project was estimated at $15.6m, being paid for by AMSA, with AMSA then looking to Yang Ming, the ship’s owners to meet those costs.

2009-built, Liberia-flagged, 42,741 gt YM Efficiency is owned by All Oceans Transportation In care of manager Yang Ming Marine Transport of Keelung City, Taiwan. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of All Oceans Transportation Inc.

The US Coast Guard and Air Force are searching for the captain of Japanese-operated bulker Rising Wind (IMO 9582984) after he went missing on Tuesday February 11th when the vessel was about 150 nm off Chuuk, a Micronesian island southeast of Guam. The captain was last seen in his cabin and was feeling ill. Upon realizing the master was missing, the Rising Wind’s crew turned the vessel around and began retracing their course. JRSC Guam watchstanders diverted the Air Station Barbers Point Hercules aircrew from a routine patrol nearby and reached out to the Air Force 36th Wing for assistance. The Air Force agreed to assist and deployed a Super Hercules aircrew from Anderson Air Force Base on Guam to support the search.  Coast Guard watchstanders are also reaching out to Good Samaritan vessels via the AMVER system to ask for assistance.

2014-built, Panama-flagged, 43,013 gt Rising Wind is owned by Bond Line SA care of manager NS United Kaiun Kaisha Ltd of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Bond Line SA.