Marine accident round-up : 14th January 2019

Vehicle carrier Sincerity Ace (IMO 9519092) was taken in tow by tug Koyo Maru (IMO 9162148) early on January 9th, some 1,720 miles off Japan in the North Pacific. The heavily damaged car carrier, with some 3.500 Nissan vehicles on board, is to be towed to Japan. The tug looked around for one still-missing, presumed dead, crew member. Of the 20 other crew, 16 were rescued and four died. 2009-built, Panama-flagged, 59,408 gt Sincerity Ace is owned by Cypress Maritime (Panama) SA care of manager Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd of Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Cypress Maritime (Panama) SA.

Cargo ship Louise Auerbach (IMO 9388895) left the North Port in Kiel after repairs shortly before noon on January 9th, heading for Kingston, Jamaica, ETA January 24th. A faulty speed log was found to have contributed to the accident. he had run aground in the Kiel Canal between Suchsdorf and the locks in Kiel-Holtenau during the early afternoon of January 6th while en route from Rauma, Finland. The canal was temporarily completely blocked. A replacement part had to be ordered, which arrived on January 8th and was immediately mounted. After the storm over the Baltic Sea abated, the ship continued its voyage. 2007-built, Liberia-flagged, 9,611 gt Louise Auerbach is owned by Auerbach Schiff 6 GmbH care of manager Auerbach Bereederung GmbH & Co KG of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Skuld (Hamburg business unit) on behalf of Auerbach Bereederung GmbH & Co.

High-speed craft Novalja (IMO 9017305)  allided with the breakwater in Zadar, Croatia, on January 9th and suffered damage as a result. There were 26 people on the catamaran consisting of 18 passengers and eight crew members. Two people were slightly injured in the accident. All passengers were safely disembarked from the ship by the crew and the MRCC Rijeka, and the naval police and port captain started an investigation into the accident, which was apparently caused by a technical failure while manoeuvring to the berth in Zadar resulting in a steering loss with the engines still pushing the ship forward. The master succeeded in avoiding a bridge and a yacht but at 07:39 ended up in the breakwater. 1991-built, Croatia-flagged, 458 gt Novalja is owned and managed by Jadolinija of Rijeka, Croatia. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Jadolinija.

Two more bodies of crew members of the Volgo Balt 214 (IMO 8841644), Captain Ismyilov Turbat and Ukrainian crew member Bodnik Ruslan have been found off the Turkish Black Sea coast. The search for two more bodies was continuing. Six men died and seven were rescued by the Turkish Coastguard 80 miles off the province of Samsun. Among the crew were 11 Ukrainians and two Azerbaidjans. Survivors said that early on January 7th a high wave broke off the bow of their ship, which had been carrying 3,300 tons coal from Azov to the port of Samsun

General cargo ship Lucky Joy (IMO 8872801) was subject to a detention order for 15 days in Savona, Liguria, Italy. The ship had sailed from Alexandria and had arrived in Savona on December 26th, where a Port State Control was carried out by the local Port Authority. This reportedly found serious violations of the safety of the navigation as well as serious dangers for the marine environment. In addition to the detention order, the captain was fined more than €3,000 for failing to fulfil registration obligations of the polluting liquids that were present on board. The ship was released on January 9th and left the port, bound for Olbia, where she was moored on January 13th. 1994-built, Belize-flagged, 5,624 gt Lucky Joy is owned by Blue Ocean Maritime Co care of manager Joy Marine Co of Constanta, Romania.