Marine accident round-up : 14th March 2023

Cargo ship Eastern Vanquish (IMO 9411836) suffered a fire in the front hold while at the Bentinck Dock in King’s Lynn during the afternoon of March 11th. Eight crew members were on board. Items on fire were removed from the vessel immediately and the fire was extinguished by the crew. The fire brigade checked the area with thermal imaging cameras and found no remaining hot spots. The crew was advised to mount a 24-hour watch for the next 24 hours. As of March 13th it remained moored at Kings Lynn.

2012-built, UK-flagged, 2,281 gt Eastern Vanquish is owned by Eastern Shipping Ltd of Sutton Coldfield, UK. It is manager by Scotline Ltd of Romford, UK. ISM manager is Intrada Ships Management Ltd of Rochester, UK. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Eastern Shipping Ltd.

Oslo-listed FPSO provider BW Offshore has agreed to sell the laid-up FPSO BW Opportunity (IMO 8706014) to an undisclosed third party for $125m. BW Offshore said on March 10th that the sale, subject to conditions precedent, was expected to be completed by the end of March.

1989-built, Panama-flagged, 143,809 gt BW Opportunity is owned by BW Opportunity Ltd care of manager BW Offshore Singapore Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is enterred with Gard P&I on behalf of BW Opportuinity Ltd (Bermuda), and for H&M energy woth Gard AS on behalf of BW Offshore Norway AS.

Rescue ship Life Support (IMO 9250206) arrived in Brindisi and berthed at the Sant’Apollinare pier on March 10th, with 105 rescued migrants on board. The rescued migrants came from Nigeria, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry, Sudan, Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Chad, Eritrea and Burkina Faso. The boat they were travelling on was a 12-metre dinghy that began to take on water after it ran out of fuel. It had left Zwara, Libya, on March 6th.2002-built, Panama-flagged, 1,350 gt Life Support is owned and managed by Prua Rossa Srl of Milan, Italy. It left Brindisi, Italy on March 11th and arrived at Augusta, Sicily, Italy, on March 12th, where it remained moored on March 13th.

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SAR vessel Guardamar Polimnia (IMO 9541679) rescued 37 people during the morning of March 10th. They were sailing in a small boat southeast of the capital of Lanzarote. The 36 men and one woman, all of North African origin, were dropped off at the pier of La Cebolla, in Lanzarote. The day before the Maritime Rescue authorities had rescued 47 migrants from a boat about 30km off the coast of Lanzarote. All were of North African origin.

2009-built, Spain-flagged, 181 gt Guardamar Polimnia is owned and managed by Sasemar of Madrid, Spain.  It is entered with Britannia one behalf of Sociedad De Salvamento Y Seguridad Maritima (Sasemar) (Sasemar). As of March 13th it was moored at Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain.