Marine accident round-up 15th March 2023

Bulk carrier London 2012 (IMO 9442756) has been aground in Sao Francisco do Sul, Babitonga Bay, Brazil, since March 11th, with tugs working to free it. The ship ran aground shortly after leaving port, presumably in load. The cause of the grounding was not yet known.

2007-built, Liberia-flagged, 43,158 gt London 2012 is owned by Loyal Marine SA, care of manager Tsakos Conbulk Services TCB of Athens, Greece. It is entered with NorthStandard (ex North of England) on behalf of Loyal Marine SA. As of March 14th the vessel was at anchor off Sao Francisco do Sul, Brazil.

Aframax crude oil tanker Minerva Nounou (IMO 9309423) became disabled on March 9th when west of Vigo on Spain’s Atlantic coast. The vessel was ballasting from Turkey to Netherlands. Attempts by the crew to repair the vessel were reportedly unsuccessful. Salvamento SAR tug Don Inda (IMO 9338010) took the tanker on tow early on March 12th and took the Minerva Nounou to Vigo for repairs. The tanker’s owner, Minerva Marine, has been named as a “candidate for sanctions” by Ukraine for allegedly transporting Russian oil.

2006-built, Malta-flagged, 63,619 gt Minerva Nounou is owned by Elpis Investments Corp care of manager Minerva Marine Inc of Athens, Greece. As of March 14th the vessel was moored at Vigo, Spain (arrived March 12th). It had left Nemrut, Turkiye, on March 2nd. Traffic history shows a journey to northern Europe in February 2023.

General Cargo Ship Tuan Tu 09 (IMO 8663743) was reported as sunk when en route from Vung Tau to Phu Quy, Vietnam, when the vessel was about 28nm west of Phu Quy island in the South China Sea. There were seven crew members and a cargo of 800 tonnes of construction materials on board, The Commanding Committee for Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue in the Binh Thuan Province was coordinating the search for the crew. The weather in the area has northeast monsoon levels 6, 7, 8, and 9 with waves heights of two to four metres. Fishing boat BV 5644 TS rescued five people, but two were still missing. Vessels in the vicinity were requested to keep a lookout and to report any sighting to MRCC Vietnam.

2009-built, Vietnam-flagged, 499 gt Tuan Tu 09 is owned and managed by Tuan Tu Hai Duong Co Ltd of Hai Duong City, Vietnam. No AIS since December 26th 2022.

Lithuania was reported to have refused permission for Hopper Dredger Bystraya (IMO 9098971) to enter the port of Klaipeda. From March 3rd to 5th the dredger remained outside the port, requesting entry. The Klaipeda Port authority said that the Bystraya, which it claimed was subject to sanctions, had made several attempts to sail into the port but was refused entry, and that the vessel subsequently left for the port of Kaliningrad, where it arrived on March 5th. The port was apparently informed twice in February that the dredger was coming to Klaipeda, firstly for short-term repairs and refuelling, and then again for maintenance and operation work. It has traded exclusively in north Europe for the past 18 months.

2007-built, Belize-flagged, 869 gt Bystraya is owned by Ultramar SIA of Riga, Latvia. It is managed by Glanford Ltd BZE of Varna, Bulgaria. It was Russia-flagged until the beginning of this year, but now appears to be owned by a Latvian company and managed by a Bulgarian company.

To add to the confusion, there is another vessel called the Bystraya (IMO 8227276), a 1970-built, 911 gt motor hopper / aggregates carrier in the Caspian Sea, and which still sails under the Russian flag and which is owned by Russian company Gidrotrans LLC. There seems little doubt that Klapeida blocked the Bystraya that has been sailing in northern Europe, a vessel that had previously sailed under the Russian flag, but it seems less than 100% certain that they have got the right ship.