Marine accident round-up : 14th September 2021

Cargo ship Gazelle Coast (IMO 9436874) turned up apparently adrift on September 6th in the Vityaz Strait, which separates Papua New Guinea and New Britain island. The ship’s AIS was on, although it was reported to have been turned off from the middle of August until September 6th. Port of destination was Lae, ETA September 7th. An abandonment navigational alert was cancelled. As of September 12th the vessel was moored at Lae.

2008-built, Papua New Guinea-flagged, 6,245 gt Gazelle Coast is owned and managed by Consort Express Lines Ltd of Lae, Papua New Guinea. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club.

Oil products tanker Rostov Velikiy (IMO 9289001) was in collision with general cargo ship Alpha Hermes (IMO 9924352) on the River Volga at km mark 2664 during the evening of September 1st. The Russian Western Inter-regional Maritime Investigation Department for Transport was sent to investigate the incident.

As of September 7th (latest AIS position available) the Rostov Velikiy was underway off the port of Samara.  No AIS on Alpha Hermes since September 5th.

2003-built, Russia-flagged, 4,378 gt Rostov Velikiy is owned by Astronavt of Astrakhan, Russia. It is managed by Navigator LLC-Rus of St Petersburg, Russia. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club

2021-built, Russia-flagged, 6,305 gt Alpha Hermes is owned by State Transport Leasing Co of Salekhard, Yamalo-Nenetskiy AO, Russia. It is managed by Alpha LLC of Rostov-na-Donu, Russia. It is entered with MS Amlin on behalf of State Transport Leasing Co.

Pipe layer Fortuna (IMO 8674156) welded the last pipe of the second line of the pipeline of Nord Stream 2 on September 6th, after which the pipe number 200 858 will be submerged at the bottom of the Baltic Sea in German waters. It will soon join the German and Danish sections and should be open for business before the end of the year. The next step will be the coupling of the section of the gas pipeline that starts from the coast of Germany to the section that extends from the waters of Denmark over water. Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture between Russia’s Gazprom and five Western European energy companies, and when completed  it will be able to transport up to 55bn m/3 of gas per year from Russia to Europe, doubling Nord Stream’s current capacity.

2010-built, Russia-flagged, 40,978 gt Fortuna is owned and managed by KVT-RUS LLC of Moscow, Russia.

A technical superintendent on board crude oil tanker Aries Sun (IMO 9321847) fell to his death into an empty cargo tank during a cleanliness check on August 30th during the vessel’s stay at Canakkale anchorage, north-western Turkey. He died despite being given first aid by the crew. An investigation file was placed by both the Harbour Master and the public prosecutor. The crew was questioned by the relevant authorities. A P&I surveyor was appointed in order to investigate the incident. The vessel berthed at Tuzla on September 4th.

2006-built, Liberia-flagged, 59,158 gt Aries Sun is owned by Vorlev Shipping Inc care of manager Zodiac Maritime Ltd of London, UK. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Vorlev Shipping.