Marine accident round-up : 17th January 2024

Arch is the lead marine war insurer for the St Nikolas (ex Suez Rajan), an oil tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf of Oman last week, with an estimated hull cover of $50m, reports the Insider.

UK based oil major Shell on Tuesday January 16th became the latest to suspend all of its shipments through the Red Sea indefinitely, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Carmaker Suzuki said production would be halted at its Esztergom plant in Hungary from January 15th to 21st  as the Red Sea attacks had delayed the arrival of Japanese-made engines.

A fire broke out in the engine room of passenger/vehicle RoRo Bastia (IMO 7351082) on January 11th shortly after 07:00 local time at the port of Piombino, Italy. The fire was caused by a diesel leak from one of the three generators which caught fire and then also set on fire the area of the general power supply cables, triggering a system blackout. The ship’s own firefighting team intervened first before the arrival of the Piombino fire brigade, and the fire was extinguished after about an hour. The vessel, moored at the Trieste quay, was out of general scheduled service and only conducting routes on an occasional basis. There were no injuries

1974-built, Italy-flagged, 2,033 gt Bastia is owned and managed by Moby SpA of Livorno, Italy. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Moby SpA. As of January 14th it was listed as Stopped at Piombino, Italy.

The Sky Ever (IMO 9119048) caused a fuel oil leakage into the port waters of Fukuyama at lunchtime on January 10th while refuelling from a tanker. A small amount of oil (less than seven litres was spilled. The cause of the incident was still under investigation, and the ship remained stationary in the port as of Jan 12.

1995-built, Korea-flagged, 1,595 gt Sky Ever is owned by Daeun Shipping Co Ltd care of manager SK Maritime of Busan, South Korea. As of January 14th it was at anchor at Fukuyama (arrived January 9th).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed an outbreak of norovirus aboard cruise ship Celebrity Constellation (IMO 9192399) during its recent nine-night roundtrip. The ship had set off from Tampa, Florida on January 3rd and returned on January 12th after calling at New Orleans, Cozumel, Belize, and Costa Maya. The vessel had 2,056 passengers on board, with 68 reporting symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea. That exceeded the 2% threshold mandating a report to the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Programme. Seven out of 948 crew members reported similar symptoms. Testing confirmed that the outbreak was norovirus, a highly-contagious virus that can lead to gastroenteritis. Immediate sanitation measures were implemented, including enhanced cleaning, and isolating affected individuals. The vessel is now on a 12-night sailing, visiting Grand Cayman, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and Cozumel before returning to Tampa on January 24th.