Marine accident round-up : 16th September 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating what caused the Dutch Apple II, which hosts river cruises, to lose control and strike USS Slater on the Hudson River, New York, on Tuesday afternoon September 10th. The crew of Dutch Apple II reported that the incident occurred after Dutch Apple II lost power in one of its engines while trying to return to the dock, according to a USCG report. The ship has been ordered not to carry passengers until it has been determined what caused the engine problem and it has been repaired. There were no reported injuries on either ship. Dutch Apple II, which hosts river cruises, suffered minor damage. The Slater, a decommissioned World War II destroyer escort, now functions as a museum. The two ships dock on the Hudson River to the south of the Corning Preserve.

Container ship Joanna Borchard (IMO 9354454) entered Castellón, Spain, as a port of refuge during the late afternoon of September 12th after some containers on deck shifted in a storm. Several container stacks toppled over. The port of Castellón was closed but, given the seriousness of the situation, the ship was allowed access. Consignee instructions were expected to act on the affected cargo. The ship had sailed from Salerno, Italy on September 9th. 2006-built, Germany flagged, 9,981 gt Joanna Borchard is owned by JSP Anna Schiffahrts GmbH care of Jebsen Shipping Partners Management GmbH & Co KG, of Jork Niederelbe, Germany.

Bulk Carrier Santa Cruz (IMO 9287170) was disabled due to an engine failure while anchoring in Vancouver, British Columbia, during the early evening of September 9th. The vessel deployed both anchors and requested tug assistance. On September 12th it remained stationary off the port. 2005-built, Liberia-flagged 39,969 gt Santa Cruz is owned by Santa Cruz Shipping Ltd care of Eurobulk Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Standard Club (European division) on behalf of Santa Cruz Shipping Ltd.

Grounded high-speed craft Pinar del Río (IMO 9043952) suffered major damage during storm Gota Fría which hit the region of the Marina Alta and Valencia on September 11th. Parts had been dismantled to remove the wreck, but three to four-metre surf caused the stern to sink completely, with the bow pointing skywards and to begin breaking up. The starboard side hull was broken, and damage was also caused to the cargo hold, which was now flooded, and the passenger lounge. Debris was floating out of the wreck. The ferry was pushed towards the rocks. After the storm passed, technicians began monitoring the situation of the ferry in order to determine the best course of action. 1992-built, Cyprus-flagged, 3,454 gt Pinar Del Rio is owned and ISM-managed by Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas. Commercial manager is Balearia Caribbean Ltd of the same address. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European syndicate) on behalf of Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas, SA.

Lighter vessel Hera Parbat-8, carrying 1,050 tonnes of coal, sank near the Sangu gas field during the morning of September 12th after suffering engine failure and encountering rough weather in the Bay of Bengal. The majority of 12 crew members remained missing. The Hera Parbat-8 had started loading coal from cargo ship Ionic Spirit (IMO 9514200) on September 10thth, but it could not leave the port on September 11th because of the bad weather. It eventually set sail early on September 12th. The crew of another vessel, the Mercantile-24 saw the men in the water but could not rescue them due to rough seas. A few have since been rescued, but most were still missing. The Coast Guard and the Navy were carrying out a search operation. 2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 31,759 gt Ionic Spirit is owned by Ionic Spirit Inc care of Ionic Shipping (Mgt) Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Ionic Spirit Inc.