Marine accident round-up : 16th April 2019

Cargo ship Tango Sol (IMO 9155901) left Hartlepool on April 10th, en route to Varna with an ETA of April 25th. An investigation was carried out into the reason for the ship’s listing; repairs had been carried out and she was allowed to set sail after all deficiencies were rectified to the satisfaction of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: “All deficiencies have been rectified to the satisfaction of the MCA and the ship has been released from detention.” The Tango Sol had been tipping on its side since it arrived at Victoria Quay at the end of March. 1997-built, Cook Islands-flagged, 4,368 gt Tango Sol is owned by OMSE Shipping & Trading Ltd care of manager Tango Shipping & Trading Ltd of Istanbul, Turkey.

Two of the vessels involved in dealing with the aftermath of the sinking of cargo ship Grande America (IMO 9130937) in the Bay of Biscay last month, two of the ships engaged in clearance operations arrived last week in Brest. VN Partisan and VN Sapeur arrived for a planned 10-day dry-dock stay, during which their hulls, which had been in contact with the hydrocarbons released by the wreck, would be cleaned. Grande America operator Grimaldi paid for the cleaning and restoration of the ships and their equipment. Other ships involved were likely to benefit from a similar cleaning, probably towards the end of the month. These include the Argonaute and the Rhône of the French Navy. Flights made last week found no pollution.

1997-built, Italy-flagged, 56,642 gt Grande America is owned and managed by Grimaldi Group of Naples, Italy. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Grimaldi Deep Sea SpA. Hull & machinery is with Norwegian Hull Club (as arranger) and other insurers, among them Siat and Generali.

One sailor from La Réunion died and two were injured in the capsize of their boat on April 5th. The boat belonged to fishing vessel Austral (IMO 9039262). 1993-built, French Southern Territories-flagged, 1,698 gt Austral is owned and managed by Sapmer of Le Port, Reunion. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of Sapmer.

Passenger/cargo RoRo Skarven (IMO 9436630) ran aground in the Ekholms Sound in the Gulf of Bothnia during the morning of April 12th, while en route way to Degerby, Finland. The ferry was holed and started leaking oil. There were 25 passengers and six crew members on board at the time. Coastguard and surveillance craft from Långnäs and Degerby were called and took the passengers to shore. The ship was refloated around noon. 2009-built, Finland-flagged, 2,285 gt Skarven is owned and managed by Alands Landskapregering.

Italian roro ferry ML Freyja (IMO 9799977) allided with the berthed Stena Foreteller (IMO 9214666) when departing Cuxhaven, Germany, during the night of April 10th. The ship also damaged several fender plates. Her bridge dock then struck the gantry crane of the port-terminal. After surveys and investigations were completed, the ship was released and left the port around dawn on April 11th, bound to Paldiski, Estonia, ETA April 14th.

2017-built, Italy-flagged, 24,133 gt ML Freyja is owned by Visemar Levante Srl care of manager Visemar di Navigazione Srl of Porto Viro RO, Italy. It is entered with Gard Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Visemar Levante Srl.

2001-built, Denmark-flagged, 24,688 gt Stena Foreteller is owned by Stena Rederi AS of Hellerup, Denmark. Manager is Stena RoRo AB of Gothenburg, Sweden. ISM manager is Stena Marine Management APS of Hellerup, Denmark. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Stena Rederi AS.