Marine accident round-up : 14th November 2023

WK Webster reports that heavy load carrier Seaway Alfa Lift (IMO 9889980) experienced a machinery failure on November 12th when in the North Sea about 60nm east of Grimsby, UK. It was reported that tug assistance has been requested by the vessel owners. WK Webster said that it was possible that General Average, Salvage and associated Recovery issues may arise as a result of this casualty.

2023-built, Cyprus-flagged, 67,071 gt Seaway Alfa Lift is owned by OHT Alfa Lift AS care of manager Offshore Heavy Transport AS of Oslo, Norway. ISM manager is Seaway 7 Offshore Contractors of Zoetermeer, Netherlands. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of OHT Alfa Lift AS. As of November 14th it was listed as Not Under Command.

Bulk carrier Sunda (IMO 9498236) allided with a protruding metal plate from a dock and suffered damage to its hull when departing Port de Gros-Cacouna, Quebec on November 6th at 22:00 local time. There were 20 crew members and two pilots on board at the time. The vessel proceeded to an anchorage off Les Razades, and repairs were planned. No pollution was reported.

2010-built, Liberia-flagged, 19,906 gt Sunda is owned by Blackbear Shipping Ltd care of Canfornav Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. ISM manager is Seastar Shipmanagement Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Blackbear Shipping Ltd. As of November 12th the vessel was underway in the St Lawrence Gulf en route from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Hull, UK.

Oil products tanker Patriot (IMO 9242156) suffered a fire on November 10th when at Chennai Port, India. Workers using a gas cutter on repair work near the engine generated sparks that fell on a pipe, causing a fire and, presumably, some kind of explosion, as one worker died instantly. Three other workers were taken to Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital. The vessel had arrived at Chennai for repairs on October 30th. The Harbour police were investigating, while the ship remained at the Chennai International Terminals. Terminal operations were impacted only for a short period.

2002-built, India-flagged, 28,099 gt Patriot is owned and managed by Seven Islands Shipping Ltd of Mumbai, India. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Seven Islands Shipping Ltd.

Offshore support vessel Geoquip Elena (IMO 9249439) struck the embankment in the Kiel Canal before dawn on November 12th shortly after passing Rader Hochbruke Bridge, while transiting the Canal in a northern direction en route from Netherlands to Gdansk, Poland. The ship was taken to Rendsburg by two tugs, although it had extracted itself from the embankment under its own power. No information yet as to whether it had suffered any damage, or what had caused the accident.

2002-built, Vanuatu-flagged, 4,023 gt Geoquip Elena is owned by Benemare Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Geoquip Marine Operations AG of St Gallen, Switzerland. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Geoquip Mariner Operations AG. As of November 13th it was moored at Rendsburg, Germany, on the Nord-Ostsee Canal.