Marine accident round-up : 14th January 2022

North of England Club’s web site has been down for a couple of days. The club said yesterday that it was continuing its work to resolve the issues as soon as possible. The vessel search database can still be accessed via https://www.sunderlandmarine.com/vessel-search/. Contact details and correspondents’ information through our ‘North P&I Club Contacts’ app available for Apple and Android devices.

Container ship Guayaquil Express (IMO 9777620) was diverted on January 12th from San Antonio Chile, to Valparaiso, Chile, after one of its crew reported a positive antigen test. The vessel had travelled from Callao in Peru as part of the Service Eurosal XL schedule. The other 24 crew on board returned a negative result. The ship anchored at Valparaiso anchorage on January 12th got all crew to take PCR tests. The ship is under quarantine.

As of January 13th the vessel was at anchorage off Valparaiso, Chile.

2017-built, Germany-flagged, 118,945 gt Guayaquil Express is owned and managed by Hapag-Lloyd AG of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Hapag Lloyd AG.

Viking Line vehicle/passenger RoRo Gabriella (IMO 8917601) came into contact with a pier while leaving Helsinki during the evening of January 12th, en route to Stockholm. Both the pier and ship sustained damage, although the damage to the ferry was said to have been slight. As of January 13th the vessel was reported as moored at Helsinki, scheduled to depart for Stockholm as soon as possible.

1992-built, Finland-flagged, 35,492 gt Gabriella is owned and managed by Viking Line ABP of Aland, Finland. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Viking Line ABP.

A fire occurred on board vehicle/passenger RoRo Beniamino Carnevale (IMO 9019066) shortly before midnight on January 11th in the Tyrrhenian Sea when the vessel was about 40nm west of Naples, Italy, en route from Naples to Cagliari, Sardinia. The fire was understood to have broken out in the engine room, leading to the ferry becoming disabled. It started to drift. As of the morning of January 13th the vessel was recorded as “pushing ahead – towing” a few miles south of Ischia on an island off Naples.

1992-built, Italy-flagged, 14,398 gt Beniamino Carnevale is owned and managed by Compagnia Italiana Di Navigazione of Naples, Italy. It is entered with Standard Club (European Division) on behalf of Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione SpA.

Expedition passenger ship MS Fridtjof Nansen (IMO 9813084) was reported to have run aground early in the morning of January 12th when it was  off Risoya islet, south of Maloy, Norway, while en route from Honningsvag to Flam in Sognefjord, Norway. There were 233 passengers and 165 crew on board. Weather was reported as stormy and it was thought to have been more of a bottom contact than a grounding. The ship refloated by its own means but was reported to have suffered a hull breach, with a controllable degree of water ingress. The ship sailed to Maloy, escorted by a rescue boat, and was berthed there early on January 12th. Divers will be surveying the hull and will carry out any necessary repairs. As of January 13th the vessel was moored at Maloy

2019-built, Norway-flagged, 21,765 gt Fridtjof Nansen is owned by Explorer II AS care of  Hurtigruten Cruise AS of Tromso, Norway. Manager is Hurtigruten Expedition Tech of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Hurtigruten AS.