Marine accident round-up : 17th February 2020

Tankship Blue Star (IMO 9527764), which had been docked since mid-December 2019 at the Navantia Ferrol, will leave the yard in the next few days, after its owner decided not to carry out a repair there. The ship has undergone a series of emergency repairs to its hull, but now the intention was to take the ship to Turkey, where it would be scrapped. The decision was apparently based on the too-high cost of a repair. The ship will be temporarily berthed at one of the Ferrol docks while the towage is organized. The negotiations between Navantia Ferrol and the owner of Blue Star had gone on until the morning of February 14th. On February 13th the Blue Star conducted some navigability tests inside the Navantia and Arsenal facilities. Subsequently, it was moored at berth no 14. Equasis lists the owner as Cappadocia Shipping Ltd and the ship manager / commercial manager as Team Tankers Intl of Hamilton, Bermuda. ISM manager is MTM Ship Management Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Steamship Mutual on behalf of Cappadocia Shipping Ltd.

The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) has begun an investigation as to whether cargo ship OOCL Rauma (IMO 9462794) was loaded correctly when it lost seven containers last week in the North Sea above Ameland. The inspection of the vessel started as soon as the ship had docked in the port of Rotterdam during the night of February 13th. It was checked whether the containers were properly lashed. The cargo itself was also subject to an investigation regarding the load and its weight. In addition, it was investigated whether the cargo inside the containers was properly secured and whether the cargo papers were correct. 2009-built, Netherlands-flagged, 17,488 gt OOCL Rauma is owned by Elysee Bewaarder BV care of JR Ship Management of Harlingen, Netherlands. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of JR Shipping BV.

Luxury yacht Samadhi (IMO 1008671) was being investigated by authorities in Belize after a video emerged which appeared to show the yacht damaging a protected coral reef on February 9th when dropping its anchor at the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, a popular diving site famous for a giant marine sinkhole called the Great Blue Hole. The vessel was leased out on charter at the time. Whіlе thе ехtеnt оf thе dаmаgе was bеіng аѕѕеѕѕеd bу оffісеrѕ оf thе Dераrtmеnt оf thе Еnvіrоnmеnt, рrеlіmіnаrу іnvеѕtіgаtіоnѕ соnduсtеd оn February 11th indicated that the dаmаgе was еvіdеnt but thе ехtеnt had уеt tо bе dеtеrmіnеd. Rуаn Dаvіеѕ, flееt ореrаtіоnѕ mаnаgеr аt the Wrіght Маrіtіmе Grоuр whо mаnаgеѕ ѕаfеtу аt thе vеѕѕеl, ѕtаtеd that thе соmраnу would bе соllаbоrаtіng wіth lосаl еnvіrоnmеntаl grоuрѕ оn thе rеmеdіаtіоn аnd соnѕеrvаtіоn оf thе Lіghthоuѕе Rееf tо mаkе аmеndѕ fоr the ассіdеnt. 2006-built, Cayman Islands-flagged, 1,036 gt Samadhi is owned by Big Dog Marine Ltd care of Vessel Safety Management LLC of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. It is entered with Shipowners Club on behalf of Big Dog Marine Ltd.

Three containers became detached on the upper deck of box ship Ida Rambow (IMO 9354478) on February 12th in the Northsea off Bremerhaven due to storm Ciara. The ship was coming from Hamburg when at around 14:00, shortly before entering the Weser Sea Shipping Route, the containers fell over. However, the containers did not go overboard, but came to rest on the ship’s deck. The responsible authorities have been informed and There was no danger to shipping or the environment. The ship was allowed to leave Bremerhaven after the affected containers had been unloaded. They contained no dangerous goods. On February 13th at 04:00 the ship sailed,heading for Copenhagen, where it docked on February 14th. 2007-built, Germany-flagged, 11,662 gt Ida Rambow is owned by Ida Rambow care of manager Rambow W of Drochtersen, Germany. ISM manager is Rambow Reederei Of Drochtersen, Germany. It is entered with Hydor AS.

Container ship Italian Express (IMO 9474395) allided with the new Northern lock of the Kiel Canal in Brunsbüttel during the morening of February 14th while en route from Gdansk to Rotterdam, causing considerable damage to the lock. The ship itself suffered cosmetic damage. The vessel was advised to drop anchor on the Northwest Anchorage. The police in Brunsbüttel were notified and launched an investigation. 2012-built, Gibraltar-flagged, 12,514 gt Italian Express is owned by Vroon Express 5 BV care of manager Vroon BV of Breda, Netherlands. ISM manager is Fleet Management Ltd HKG of Hong Kong. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European Syndicate) on behalf of Vroon Express 5 BV.