Marine accident round-up : 17th November 2020

The entire crew of Passenger/Cargo RoRo Stena Horizon (IMO 9332559) was self-isolating – including 23 of them at Holyhead Travelodge, north-west Wales – after seven workers tested positive for Covid-19. Three crew members last week went into quarantine after testing positive. This led to the testing of the entire crew on the vessel. Stena also asked the 52 crew members who tested negative to self-isolate. Some were doing this on the vessel, and others have gone back to homes on Anglesey. Stena block-booked the Travelodge in Holyhead for 23 crew who had tested negative The firm will be delivering food to them while they are there. It was not known when the ferry would re-enter service.

2006-built, Italy-flagged, 27,522 gt Stena Horizon is owned by Visentini Giovanni Transporti of Milan, Italy. It is managed by Stena Line of Holyhead, UK. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Visentini Giovanni Transporti Fluviomarittimi Srl. For H&M it is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Stena Rederi AB.

A swap-over of crew for bulk carrier Berge Bandai (IMO 9747235) in San Antonio, Chile, went awry after one of the new crew members, a Philippine merchant seaman who entered the country a few days ago through the Arturo Merino Benítez airport in the Pudahuel commune, tested positive for Covid-19. The replacement crew had to be transferred to a health residence in the Viña del Mar commune. The Regional Ministerial Secretariat (Seremi) of Health of the Valparaíso Region did not specify how many crew members were detected as close contact with this person, nor was it revealed how long they would have to remain in the health residence. None of the people who had contact with the positive crew member had symptoms. The bulk carrier had berthed at the DP World terminal during the morning of November 9th.

2016-built, Philippines-flagged, 24,872 gt Berge Bandai is owned by Ratu Shipping Co SA of Tokyo Japan. It is managed by Nisshin Shipping Co Ltd of the same address. ISM manager is Victoria Ship Management of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo Office In Charge) on behalf of Seafarers Shipping Inc.

The Minister of Health of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina has confirmed that seven crew members of fishing boat Tai-An (IMO 8021593) had presented symptoms compatible with Covid-19. They will enter quarantine for 14 days. A further 51 crew were staying in a hotel in the Tierra del Fuegan capital of Ushuaia as a precaution. They had been at sea for 45 days and on October 20th they returned to port to resupply and perform maintenance. From October 20th to 27th they were under strict protocol, but some crewmembers went down to the city for medical checks for other pathologies. After setting sail on October 27th the first crew member was treated for bronchitis on October 28th. On November 10th Argentina’s Health and Borders were informed that there were crew members with symptoms, and the ship was instructed to return. Medical personnel went on board after the ship berthed in Ushuiaia on November 10th, performed an examination on seven seafarers and the antigen test came back positive. It was decided to isolate each crew member in a room in a hotel. 1981-built, Argentina-flagged, 3,061 gt Tai An is owned by Prodesur SA care of manager San Arawa SA of Mar del Plata, Argentina.

A fire broke out in the engine room and spread to the accommodation block of cargo ship Al Hani (IMO 8314433) during the afternoon of November 11th while the vessel was in ballast from Misratah to Turkey, a mile north of Elafonissos. Med Tugs, a fire boat and the Greek Navy responded. Tug CH Gemitzoglou from the port of Piraeus went alongside and managed to put out the fire. A team from the fire brigade boarded the ship at dawn on November 12th to extinguish remaining hot spots. The crew of 14 was safely evacuated and taken to shore. An investigation into the incident has been launched. The Port Authority of Neapolis Vion temporarily banned Al Hani from departure.

1984-built, Togo-flagged, 3,990 gt Al Hani is owned by Al Hani Shipping SA care of manager Global Management & Trading of Tripoli, Lebanon.

Two warships came to the assistance of an injured crew member on chemical/oil products tanker Lourdes (IMO 9262819) during the morning of November 9th while it was off the coast of Oman. French frigate Jean Bart and  Japanese destroyer Ariake were called to assist the Indian national, who had a suspected head injury. The two teams worked together to stabilize the patient, who was later medevaced to receive treatment at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in Oman. The Japanese ship was conducting counter-piracy operations in the region at the time of the call. 2003-built, India-flagged, 8,351 gt Lourdes is owned and managed by Seven Islands Shipping Ltd of Mumbai, India. It is entered with West of England Club (European Claims Team) on behalf of Seven Islands Shipping Ltd.