Marine accident round-up : 16th May 2022

General cargo ship Meisen 2 (IMO 9147019) issued a distress signal early local time on May 14th after developing a heavy starboard list in Chiba Prefecture waters, Honshu eastern coast, south of Tokyo. The ship was en route from Hitachinaka and had been sailing in south-westerly direction. Five crew went into life raft and were rescued, although two of them were injured. The Meisen 2 capsized and rested on bottom. The ship was thought to have been intentionally grounded in shallow waters close to shore in order to avoid sinking.

1996-built, Japan-flagged, 499 gt Meisen 2 is owned and managed by Futaba Kaiun KK of Osaka, Japan.

Ukrainian forces were reported to have attacked and damaged the Russian naval support vessel Vsevolod Bobrov (IMO 4726999) on May 12th in the Black Sea. Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s Odesa regional military administration, confirmed the attack against the brand new multi-purpose logistics support ship, which had been delivered in August 2021. The ship was reported to have sustained damage and was to have caught fire. It was limping towards Sevastopol. No AIS since April 26th when it was moored in Sevastopol, Crimea.

Bulk carrier Fatih (IMO 9579327) was reported to have been fined for allegedly polluting the port of Derince, Turkey with dirty ballast water during the morning of May 11th. The fine was imposed by the local municipality environmental pollution prevention department for what it described as a breach of local regulation as per Marpol rules. The local authority opened an investigation file, and, as a result of further investigation, found the vessel guilty of the pollution; fining it $161,500 as a result. The vessel’s departure permission was cancelled by the Harbour Master until payment of the fine together with the cleaning expenses.

2011-built, Malta-flagged, 23,204 gt Fatih is owned by Hanyu 2 Ltd care of Ciner Ship Management of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Standard Club on behalf of Hanyu 2 Ltd. As of May 14th it was at Izmit anchorage, where it arrived on May 8th, from Casablanca.