Marine accident round-up : 14th September 2022

On Sunday September 11th Danish sail training ship Danmark (IMO 5086279) sustained minor damage in an allision with the littoral combat ship USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul at a pier in Baltimore, Maryland as part of Baltimore Fleet Week.

The Danish training ship was reported by local media to have been under tow by two tugs when it struck some pilings alongside the pier. The Danmark then carried on and made contact with the hull of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

A US Navy spokesperson said that “no US Navy personnel were injured and no serious damage sustained onboard USS Minneapolis St. Paul (LCS 21)”, adding that the casualty was part of an otherwise “fantastic” fleet week in Baltimore.

A video of the scene showed that a boom on the stern of the sailing ship contacted the lifelines on the Minneapolis-Saint Paul’s bow, breaking several. An aerial photo provided by a bystander appeared to show that the sailing ship’s stern also made contact with the LCS’ stem. Baltimore’s fleet week included ship tours, flyovers, displays, and Fleet Week festivals at multiple locations throughout Baltimore. The event concluded yesterday September 13th.

Danmark is a 1933-built full-rigged sail training ship operated by the Danish Maritime Authority. It operates with a student crew of 80 and serves as a training platform and as an overseas ambassador for Danish maritime.

USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the most recently-delivered vessel in the Freedom-class series of littoral combat ships.

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A crew member who went overboard in the North Sea for well over an hour from standby safety vessel Keizersborg (IMO 9779458) near the Shell gas platform Leman, around 33 miles north-east of Cromer off the coast of Great Yarmouth, during the night of September 9th was rescued safely. The HM Coastguard received a distress call just after 18:30 local time. The Coastguard sent out the Caister Lifeboat, the Cromer RNLI lifeboat and an SAR helicopter from Lydd, and several other local vessels responded. A local vessel assisting in the search located the man and pulled him alive from the water at around 20:15 alive, but suffering from hypothermia. The Coastguard helicopter then hoisted him and took him to hospital in Great Yarmouth. As of September 13th the vessel was moored at Great Yarmouth.

2020-built, Netherlands-flagged, 4,374 gt Keizersborg is owned and managed by Dixborg BV of Delfzjil, Netherlands. ISM manager is Wagenborg Offshore Operations. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Offshore Division) on behalf of Dixborg BV.

Bulk carrier Asian Majesty (IMO 9724996), which arrived at Riga, Latvia from St Petersburg, Russia, on March 3rd, with 55000 tons of potassium chloride on board, has been detained there ever since. The cargo reportedly belongs to Mauritius-registered company United Fertilizers Co Ltd”, which is alleged to be beneficially owned by Russian oligarch Dmitriy Mazepin. Mazepin was sanctioned shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine. The ship remains at Riga Anchorage. The ship itself and indeed the cargo are not technically subject to sanctions, but the owner of the cargo is. Therefore Latvian Customs, in accordance with sanctions regulations, had to detain the vessel. The ship and the crew are not abandoned, so the Latvian Authorities and other stakeholders are trying to work out a solution which will satisfy all involved, without violating sanctions.

2016-built, Singapore-flagged, 35,336 gt Asian Majesty is owned and managed by U-Ming Transport Corp of Taipei City, Taiwan. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Eastern Syndicate) on behalf of U-Ming Transport  (Singapore) Pte Ltd.