Marine accident round-up : 16th July 2018

Container ship Angeles (IMO 9399791) ran aground on the anchorage of Puerto Cortes in Honduras during the morning of July 12th. The ship drifted aground after having dropped anchor upon its arrival. On July 13th the vessel was still stuck in position. 2010-built, Liberia-flagged, 32,901 gt Angeles is owned by Angeles Ltd care of manager NSC Schifffahrtsgesellschaft of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Angeles ltd. Hull & Machinery cover is with Norwegian Hull Club.

Thailand has suspended efforts to salvage the ferry Phoenix, which sank off the resort island of Phuket. The number  of deaths in its worst tourist-related disaster for years was put at 46 of the 101 people on board. Phoenix capsized and then sank in rough seas on July 12th during a trip to a small island. All 12 Thai crew and 43 of the nearly all Chinese tourists were rescued. The salvage operation was suspended because the boat was deep in the water and the currents were rough, according to Phuket police commander Teerapol Tipcharoen. When weather conditions improved, divers would retrieve a final body from the shipwreck, according to Rear Admiral Chareonpol Kumrasee. The captain of the Phoenix has been charged with negligence causing death, police said. He has denied the charges.

Oil tanker Kimolos (IMO 9791145) damaged its hull while transiting the Suez canal during the afternoon of Friday July 13th. Kimolos was under pilotage during a southbound transit at the time. There were no injuries to the 23 crew and no pollution resulted. The ship continued her journey, although damage to the hull was reported and she will head to anchorage for inspections and surveys. 2018-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 82602 gt Kimolos is owned by Omega Three Marine Corp care of manager Kyklades Maritime Corp (Kyklades Naftiki Eteria) of Piraeus, Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I Club (Bermuda) on behalf of Omega Three Marine Corp. Hull & Machinery is led by Norwegian Hull Club, with Gard having a subscription position.

The first stage of the righting of live fish carrier Seikongen (IMO 9793985), sank last October 18th in the bay of Pilpilehue, Chonchi, Los Lagos Region, Chile, has been concluded. The operation began during the morning of July 12th and managed to get the ship on an even keel while she was still under water. Salvage company Ardent, under supervision from the Chilean Navy, carried out the high-profile, environmentally and politically sensitive task. Three pullers, each arranged to lift 200 tons, straightened the wreck, which reportedly still contained about 1,000 cubic meters of decomposed salmon, which were trapped when the ship sank. The salvors hoped that within a couple of weeks the removal of the wreck can be started, after which it would have about a week’s journey to Talcahuano.

Argentine trawler Chatka I collided with fishing vessel Siempre Santa Rosa (IMO 8600715)  during fishing in national waters off Argentina during the afternoon of July 7th. One crew member of Chatka I fell into the water and was rescued with a rope, suffering slight hypothermia. A pole broke on the Chatka I and loose nets fouled the propeller so she had be towed to Camarones, the nearest port. The Siempre Santa Rosa suffered hull damage. The detachment of the Naval Prefecture of Chubut has launched an investigation. On July 10th inspectors arrived in port and checked the ships, which remained detained in port. 1986-built, Argentina-flagged, 119 gt Siempre Santa Rosa is owned and managed by Frigorifico Mellino SA of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of Iberconsa de Argentina SA.

General cargo ship Antwerp (IMO 9375848) suffered a fire in the cargo hold while moored at the port of Teignmouth, Devon, UK on July 12th. Seven crew members were on board. The Plymouth marine office was made aware of the incident and attended on the morning of July 13. 2008-built, Antigua & Barbuda-based 2,451 gt Antwerp is owned by Sibet Attena Vertom-Bojen, care of manager Kapitan Siegfried Bojen-Schiffahrtsbetrieb eK, of Moormerland, Germany. ISM manager is Vertom-Bojen Bereederungs GmbH of Moormerland, Germany. It is entered with Lodestar on behalf of Vertom-Bojen Schiffahrts MS “Sibet Attena” GmbH & Co KG.

Bulk carrier Spar Gemini (IMO 9307580) suffered a rudder failure on June 21st in the Pacific off Baja California Peninsula, while en route from Vila di Conde via Colon and Balboa to Japan. On June 28th the disabled vessel was taken in tow to Manzanillo, Mexico and the convoy reached port on July 4th. Repairs commenced soon after. 2007-built, Norway-flagged, 32,474 gt Spar Gemini is owned and managed by Spar Shipping AS of Kokstad, Norway. ISM manager is Fleet management Ltd KKG of Hong Kong. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Spar Shipping SA. Hull & Machinery cover is with Norwegian Hull Club

General cargo ship Taxiarchis S (IMO 6913340) suffered an engine failure during the morning of July 11th when north of Heraklion, Crete, and asked for assistance. The ship was towed back to Heraklion and she was detained until repairs and a class inspection could be carried out. On July 13 the ship was still berthed in Heraklion. 1969-built, Greece-flagged, 1,428 gt Taxiarchis S is owned and managed by Taxiarchis Spopelou Maritime of Skopelos, Greece. It is entered with Carina on behalf of Artemis Skopeloy Shipping Co.