Marine accident round-up : 15th January 2020

Towing vessel Raduga Europe (IMO 8518468) has sailed to Tallinn after the implementation of temporary repairs. A salvage contract has been signed with Alfred Hakans. The salvage operations were scheduled to begin when the weather improved. Estonia-registered barge Trias twice broke loose from the Raduga Europe in the Baltic Sea on December 31st 2019 while en route from Gdynia, Poland, to Hamina, Finland. The bow of Raduga Europe was damaged through collisions with the barge. The barge drifted aground 8.5 miles north of Ventspils.

1986-built, St Vincent and Grenadines-flagged, 408 gt Raduga Europe is owned and managed by Raduga Ship management of Harjumaa, Estonia.

Ongoing operations to shift grounded general cargo ship Ocean Ruler (IMO 8408600) and fishing vessel Oivalli, which had been rescheduled for January 6th, has been delayed. The vessels had run aground in torrential rain and heavy winds near Dharmadam and Azhikkal, Kerala, south India last August 8th and 10th respectively and were originally scheduled to be towed away last August 26th. A Kochi based agency had been contracted to dig a channel and pull the vessels off. They had run aground in August 2019 after they broke loose from a tug in heavy torrential rain storms while they were underway from the Maldives to the SILK yard to be broken up. Before the ships can be moved, they have to be pumped out, and holes in the hull have to be plugged. SILK brought in 18 dewatering pumps, but they did not work. Six pumps were repaired; it was hoped that the remaining 12 would be operational again within three days.  The Kochi based dredging company contracted to dig out a channel off Azhikkal was also delayed. It was expected to arrive in three days.  1984-built, 1,179 gt Ocean Ruler is owned and managed by AAA Shipping PVT Ltd of Male, Maldives.

Chemical/oil products tanker Glard 2 (IMO 9687980) was in collision with Turkish fishing vessel Dursun Ali Coşkun before dawn on January 10th while approaching the anchorage north of Kilyos, Istanbul. five miles off the Turkish coast. The tanker was en route from Rostov-on-Don to Izmir. The fishing vessel sank within a few minutes, and while three of the six crew members were reported rescued by other fishermen, three were missing. A search and rescue operation was launched by the Turkish Coastguard. Heavy fog may have contributed to the accident. The chemical tanker later moved under its own power from the place of the incident to the Turkeli Anchorage. The fishing boat sank in under 10 minutes and one of the three survivors reported that those missing probably got stuck in the fishing vessel’s cabin. No pollution has been detected thus far. 2013-built, Russia-flagged, 4,794 gt Glard-2 is owned by Glard-2 Shipping Pte Ltd care of manager Samara Transshipping LLC of Samara, Russia. It is entered with Ingosstrakh on behalf of Glard-2 Shipping Pvt Ltd.

Texas-based salvage company T&T Salvage LCC from Galveston was chosen on January 8th to cut up and remove capsized car carrier Golden Ray in the St Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. There were six reported bidders, including DonJon-SMIT, the maritime emergency contractor that originally responded when the ship capsized on September 8th 2019, with a cargo of 4,200 vehicles. Gallagher Marine Systems, which represents the Golden Ray and its insurers. thanked DonJon-SMIT for their hard work and commitment throughout the project. It said that T&T Salvage was chosen for its extensive experience in the field of maritime demolition. Meanwhile, the Unified Command was still trying to determine the best type of barrier to build around the ship before demolition began. When that has been decided Unified Command will release a timeline for the ship’s removal and other details about the process.

Meanwhile, the stern tube, propeller and rudder of the Golden Ray have been deposited at an artificial reef site about 20 miles east-southeast of St Simons Island, Georgia. “With the addition of pieces of the Golden Ray to Reef SFC, anglers will have a better chance to target off-shore fish, and divers will have a chance to see a part of history,” said Paul Medders, who runs the artificial reef programme for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

General cargo ship KM El No. 2 (IMO 8844751) was reported as missing on Jan 11th in the waters of Belitung island in the Java Sea. The ship, with 14 crew on board, was being loaded with cement and construction materials; it was en route from Jakarta to Pontianak in Western Kalimantan. The ship was then said to have sunk on January 12th after developing a list due to cargo shift in rough seas. All 14 crew members were rescued. The ship was resting on even keel with the wheelhouse and deck’s crane still protruding from the water.

1990-built. Indonesia-flagged, 1,049 gt EL No. 2 is owned and managed by Aliet Sakatha Bahtera Rahayu     of Jakarta, Indonesia.