Marine accident round-up : 15th May 2020

Some of the crew of several ships who were aboard Mein Schiff 3 (IMO 9641730) have finally their way home. On Friday, May 8th around 190 crew were bused to Hamburg Germany and the following afternoon a TUI Fly-owned aircraft started repatriation flights from Hamburg Airport to Kiev and Tunis. Repatriation had been scheduled to start at the end of April, but the detection of Covid-19 in eight crew members put the entire vessel into quarantine, causing her to be kept in Port Cuxhaven (Germany). The eight infected crew were brought ashore to a quarantine station on Thursday May 7th.

2014-built, Malta-flagged, 99,256 gt Mein Schiff 3 is owned and managed by TUI Cruises GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is Celebrity Cruises Inc of Miami, Florida. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group E1 EMEA) on behalf of TUI Cruises GmbH.

Bulk carrier Vega Aquarius (IMO 9429170) suffered a robbery shortly before midnight on May 9th while en route from Singapore to China. Five pirates armed with knives were seen on the stern deck. They confronted the duty seaman and stole his mobile phone. The duty seaman managed to escape and alerted the Master, who was in the wheelhouse. The alarm was sounded and the crew mustered in the wheelhouse. A search of the vessel was conducted by the crew after the perpetrators had escaped. Two sets of breathing apparatus were reported stolen. The duty seaman suffered a minor head injury. 2010-built, Liberia-flagged, 33,044 gt Vega Aquarius is owned by Vega Aquarius Schiffahrts care of manager Vega-Reederei GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Standard Club (Europe division) on behalf of MS “VEGA Aquarius” Schifffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG.