Marine accident round-up : 17th March 2020

Ferry company Spanish Baleària said that it was cooperating with relevant authorities and that it was following their instructions regarding the company’s ferry services. Baleària has  modified its services on the Ibiza-Formentera, Ceuta-Algeciras and Valencia-Mostaganem routes. In accordance with the Moroccan government’s decision to halt traffic with Spain, Baleària suspended passenger departures for the Algeciras-Tangier Med and Almeria-Nador routes.

Container ship Stadt Dresden (IMO 9320049) was in collision with the cargo m/v İbrahim Şimşek (IMO 7504653) early on March 10th in Izmit Bay. The cargo vessel ran into the port side stern of the container ship, which was breached above the water line. İbrahim Şimşek dropped anchor with significant bow damage and had lost her starboard side bow anchor. Both ships dropped anchor near the collision site.

2006-built, Portugal-flagged, 27,971 gt Stadt Dresden is owned by AS Clara OpCo BV care of manager Contchart BV of Rhoon, Netherlands. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of AS Clara OpCo BV.

1983-built, Turkey-flagged, 4,045 gt Ibrahim Simsek is owned by Melih Denizcilik care of manager M&M Marine Shipping Co of Istanbul, Turkey.

General cargo ship Duban (IMO 8311534) sank 13 miles off the coast of Oaxaca in Santa María Huatulco, Mexico, during the afternoon of March 12th. The sinking followed uncontrollable water ingress in the engine room while the vessel was en route to Manzanillo de Colima. Boats of the Mexican Navy rescued the 12 crew members, who were from Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras, Panama and Tanzania. Despite efforts to save the ship, it sank about 13 miles southeast of the port of Huatulco. The Emergency Response Plan for spills of hydrocarbons and potentially dangerous materials in the Mexican Naval Zone was activated.

1983-built, Togo-flagged, 1,995 gt Duban is owned by Amazon Sea River Maritime care of manager Rimac Sea Shipping Ltd of Lima, Peru.

General cargo ship Balsa 84 (IMO 9580259) reported to USCG during the morning of March 10th that their Captain was in need of immediate medical assistance. The ship was off Ocean City, Maryland, at the time. The Captain, a 61-year-old Filipino, was exhibiting symptoms of a possible heart attack. The ship was en route from Veracruz Mexico to Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, upstream from Philadelphia. Balsa 84 entered Delaware Bay and was anchored same day at Big Stone Beach Anchorage. 2011-built, Panama-flagged, 5,715 gt Balsa 84 is owned by Cortes Marcha Corp, care of manager Hiong Guan Navegacion Co Ltd of Hong Kong.  It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Hiong Guan Navegacion Co Ltd.

Offshore supply ship Batuira (IMO 9573256) collided with offshore processing ship Petrobras-77 (IMO 8906913) at Buzios oil field, Santos Basin, S of Rio de Janeiro, on Mar 12. The sustained serious damages, but reached Rio de Janeiro understood, under own power, on Mar 13, and was berthed. FPSO remain operative and continued production, damages understood to be slight or none.

2012-built, Brazil-flagged, 4,106 gt Batuira is owned and managed by Wilson Song Offshore SA of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club.

1991-built, Liberia-flagged, 149,945 gt Petrobras 77 is owned by Petrobras Netherlands BV care of manager Petrobras of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Petrobras SA.

A crane boom collapsed on pipe layer LTS 3000 (IMO 9446843) in the Indian Ocean off Mumbai on March 8th. Two workers were injured and a platform jacket plunged into the sea. One of them suffered a broken leg. Both were airlifted to hospital. The incident occurred while the ship was working for the India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation on the Cluster 8 offshore development west of Mumbai. The collapsed crane was a 3,000 ton PC-42 HVY crane with an 82 metre boom, capable of handling its maximum capacity at 27 metres radius. A failure in the boom hoist rope or winch occurred, which allowed the boom to drop with the load on the hook. The jacket remained buoyant and was towed towards a yard in the Mumbai area for salvage. The ship was expected to follow. 2010-built, India-flagged, 30,628 gt LTS 300 is owned by L&T Sapura Shipping Pvt Ltd care of manager Bibby Ship management (India) Pvt Ltd of Mumbai, India. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of L&T Sapura Shipping Pvt Ltd.