Marine accident round-up : 16th May 2019

Chemical/oil products tanker Shandong Zihe (IMO 9261657) was still under repair at the Yalova Shipyard in Tuzla on May 13th after suffering a technical failure south of Canakkale, north-western Turkey, on April 18th. Final tests and sea trials were to be carried out after completion of repairs. 2004-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 25,400 gt Shandong Zihe is owned by Shandong Zihe Tanker Co Ltd care of manager Anglo-Eastern Tanker Management (Hong Kong) Ltd of Hong Kong. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Hong Kong) on behalf of Shandong Shipping Tanker Co Ltd.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Zeus Palace (IMO 9208071) lost a 101-person capacity life raft overboard in the Tyrrhenian Sea on May 9th. 2001-built, Italy-flagged, 31,730 gt Zeus Palace is owned and ISM managed by Grimaldi Euromed SpA and commercially managed by Grimaldi Group SpA, both of Naples, Italy. It is entered with Standard Club (European Division) on behalf of Grimaldi Euromed SpA.

Heavy load carrier Blue Marlin (IMO 9186338) was set for repairs after her hijacking incident off Equatorial Guinea. The vessel was to be docked in Las Palmas, ETA of May 24th. The bridge was damaged by the hijackers, rendering it unsuitable for navigation until repairs have been completed. The Royal Boskalis Westminster semisubmersible was attacked and boarded by seven armed pirates from a zodiac rigid hulled inflatable boat at noon on May 5th in the Gulf of Guinea, south-west of Luba port, about 80nm off Equatorial Guinea. The ship had left Luba that morning, bound for Valetta, Malta. At dawn on the morning of May 6th a special operation team boarded the Blue Marlin and freed the ship. No pirates were found and the crew was freed from the citadel. All the crew members were uninjured. 2000-built, Malta-flagged, 51,821 gt Blue Marlin is owned by Blue Marlin BV care of manager Dockwise Shipping BV of Papendrecht, Netherlands. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Offshore) on behalf of Blue Marlin BV.

Tug Charis (IMO 9616254) was boarded and hijacked by pirates about 30 miles southwest of Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea in the early afternoon of May 5th. It was believed that the tug was the vessel later used by the pirates to attack the Blue Marlin which was under way in the area. The Charis was declared to have been freed from pirates following the rescue of the Blue Marlin by the Spanish naval patrol vessel SPS “Serviola”. 2011-built, Nigeria-flagged, 298 gt Charis is owned and managed by C&I Leasing PLC of Lagos, Nigeria.

Bulk carrier Levanto (IMO 9216406) was attacked by pirates a skiff during the evening of May 3rd, while proceeding from Calabar, Nigeria to Lagos, when she was about 35 miles south-southwest of Agbami terminal 9. Shots were fired at the tanker by the pirates during the attack. The Levanto performed anti-piracy evasive manoeuvres and increased speed. The pursuit ended with skiff falling behind. The vessel and crew members were reported safe. 2001-built, Malta-flagged, 2001-built, 39,893 gt Levanto is owned by Uranus Owning Co Ltd care of manager ISM Bulkers Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Uranus Owning Co Ltd. It is entered for H&M with Axa Corporate Solutions Marine, with Gard having a subscription position.