Marine accident round-up : 16th June 2022

Expedition vessel MS Virgo (IMO 7504213) ran aground in Fuglefjorden, north-western Spitzbergen, Svalbard, Norwegian archipelago between Norway and North Pole, Arctic, at around 10:00 UTC on June 14th. There were 13 passengers and seven crew on board. The ship’s hull was reported as breached in the area of its fuel tank and an oil leak was reported. As of 15:00 UTC June 14th the vessel appeared to have been refloated and to be manoeuvring at very slow speed near the grounding site, with a tug and auxiliary vessel nearby. As of June 15th the vessel was listed as underway in the Greenland Sea, no named destination, about 20 miles west of Spitzbergen, Svalbard.

1976-built, Sweden-flagged, 655 gt Virgo is owned and managed by Virgo Rederiaktiebolaget of Partille, Sweden. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Rederiaktiebolaget Virgo.

Chemical/oil products tanker Maritime Polaris (IMO 9768746) contacted an unidentified berthed cargo ship that was thought to be a bulk carrier, at Sudan Port, Sudan, on June 13th. The tanker entered port and was proceeding to berth when the accident occurred. Both ships sustained what was believed to be some slight damage. It was not known whether the accident was an indirect knock-on effect from the foundering of livestock carrier disaster Al Badri 1 (IMO 7349651) at Suakin Port, Sudan (IMN, June 14th), which had taken place only hours previously. As of June 14th the Maritime Polaris was still moored in Port Sudan.

2017-built, Singapore-flagged, 33,056 gt Maritime Polaris is owned by Synergy Navigation Pte Ltd care of Aurora Tankers Management Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is MSI Ship Management Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Synergy Navigation Pte Ltd.

1973-built, Tanzania-flagged, 2,332 gt Albadri 1 is owned and managed by Al Badri Shipmanagement LLC of Dubai, UAE.

Cargo ship Nemesis (IMO 8102799)ran aground off the port of Argostoli on June 13th with nine crew members on board. The vessel was en route from Drepano Riou. A patrol boat and tug Makis attended the scene. With the assistance of the tug the cargo ship was removed from the grounding site and then anchored, prior to inspection by a private diver. The Port Authority prohibited the departure of the ship until the repair of the damage and the presentation of a certificate of seaworthiness by the classification society that monitors it. The ship was moored temporarily in the port of Argostoli. As of June 15th the vessel was en route from Argostoli to Kiato, both Greece, ETA June 15th.

1983-built, Greece-flagged, 2016 gt Nemesis is owned and managed by Volos Sea Shipping Co of Volos, Greece.

General cargo ship Sunny Link (IMO 9114531) which intentionally ran aground at Abagatanen Beach, western coast of central Luzon, Philippines, on February 4th while en route from Indonesia to China, was still there on June 13th. The vessel was understood to have suffered water ingress prior to running itself aground to avoid sinking. Local authorities have requested the owner to remove the ship, in view of oncoming typhoon season.

1995-built, Belize-flagged, 8,015 gt Sunny Link is owned by Sunny Link Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Hong Kong Top Honor Shipping of Hong Kong, China.