Marine accident round-up : 16th October 2020

Bulk carrier Vega Dream (IMO 9532094) has set sail for the Philippines after leaving its anchorage off Western Australia’s Pilbara coast. The regional Health Department said the bulk carrier was given clearance by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to depart late on October 14th Seven crew members from the vessel, which was anchored 22nm off the coast, had tested positive for Covid-19. Some of the ship’s crew had direct contact with BHP’s day shift employees after it docked in Port Hedland. 2010-built, Panama-flagged, 91,468 gt Vega Dream is owned by Juliet Shipping Corp care of manager Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd of Tokyo, Japan. ISM manager is Magsaysay MOL Ship Management of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo office in charge) on behalf of Juliet Shipping Corp.

Bulk carrier Morandi (IMO 9627837) reportedly interrupted its voyage from Yuznhiy, south-western Ukraine, to Lanshan, China on October 13th after a crew member died. The vessel called at Bandar Aceh, Indonesia, to transfer the body of 48-year-old Filipino crew member to shore. He had been suffering acute abdomen pain, and suffered a heart attack prior to his death. The body was taken to a morgue at Bandar Aceh. The bulk carrier resumed its voyage same day with an ETA of October 22nd. As of October 15th it was in the Strait of Singapore. 2013-built, Malta-flagged, 107,478 gt Morandi is owned by Hai Kuo Shipping 1625 Ltd care of manager TMS Bulkers Ltd, Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Meltemi Owners Inc.

Container ship CMA CGM Missouri (IMO 9679919) ran aground in the Suez Canal while transiting the waterway in southern direction during the morning of October 14th while en route from Port Said to Jeddah. Three Suez Canal tugs were in attendance. On October 15th the ship remained in the Port of Suez. 2016-built, Liberia-flagged, 102,931 gt CMA CGM Missouri is owned by Meridian 5 Ltd care of Zeaborn Ship management (Singapore) Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European syndicate) on behalf of Meridian 5 Ltd.

The Portuguese Maritime Accident Investigation Office has been informed by the Malta port authorities that container ship CMA CGM Vela (IMO 9354923) allegedly caused an oil spill in the port of Marsaxlokk on October 3rd, which resulted in pollution on the pier and in port waters. The Portuguese maritime investigation office has started to collect evidence of the incident. The ship left port on October 4th en route to Beirut, Lebanon, where it arrived on October 7th. As of October 15th it was in the Red Sea, en route from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Jebel Ali in the UAE. 2008-built, Portugal-flagged, 128,600 gt CMA CGM Vela is owned by Conti 155 Conti Jupiter care of manager NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co KG (NSB Group)of Buxtehude, Germany. ISM manager is CPO Containerschiffreederei of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Swedish Club on behalf of Conti 155 Container Schifffahrts-GmbH & Co. KG MS. Bulk carrier Asia Zircon II (IMO 9330678) was reported as arrested due to damage caused to a jetty as a result of grab bucket falling from vessel during discharge of cargo at the Muhammad Bin Qasim port , Pakistan, on October 11th. The terminal authorities reportedly asked for financial compensation, and subsequently released the vessel. On October 15th the ship shifted from the port to Karachi anchorage. 2009-built, Singapore-flagged, 32,578 gt Asia Zircon II is owned by Maritime Asia Zircon Pte Ltd care of manager Columbia Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte Ltd. It is entered with Standard Club (European Division) on behalf of Maritime Asia Zircon Pte Ltd