Marine accident round-up : 17th May 2022

The owner of offshore supply ship Ocean Surveyor (IMO 9182215), which was used to conduct survey work off the reef of the reclaimed island of Hulhumale, Maldives had been fined for damage to the reef, it was reported on May 6th.. The vessel had been involved in survey work for the government’s submarine cable project. The Maldives Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that the damage took place during the survey work at the beginning of April.. Information provided by the Ocean Surveyor established the USBL poles on the HiPAP system and the multi-beam echo sounder on the ship touched the reef. An underwater survey of the area conducted in collaboration with the Coast Guard showed it caused damage to the reef.

1999-built, Panama-flagged, 2,401 gt Ocean Surveyor is owned by Ocean Surveyor Inc care of manager Amancio Shipping Corp of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Standard Club on behalf of Ocean Surveyor Ltd. As of May 12th the vessel was underway from Paloukia, Greece, to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, ETA May 28th.

Tourist catamaran Cormorant 1 (IMO 9635339) caught fire early on May 11th local time in the waters of the Galapagos Archipelago, off Ecuador. The catamaran reportedly burned out and sank. All 25 people on board – 10 crew and 15 passengers – were rescued safely.

2011-built, Ecuador-flagged, 329 gt Cormorant 1 is owned and managed by Placido Monfilio OO of Galapagos, Ecuador.

Container ship Hua Hang 1 (IMO 9388285) was reported to have suffered a fire in the engine room during the afternoon of May 13th when east-north-east of Ningbo in the East China sea, while en route from Taicang, China to Chi Lung, Taiwan. The ship issued distress signal and  SAR ship Bei Hai Jiu 101 (IMO 9654828) responded. On May 15th the name of the vessel was confirmed and that the crew had been evacuated. But its status and condition were not confirmed.