Marine accident round-up : 17th October 2021

The Court of Investigation into the bulker Wakashio disaster off Mauritius in July 2020 was expected to resume work soon, after nearly two months of inactivity.

The investigating panel was awaiting a report from a naval architect before resuming the sessions, with testimonies from officials of the Okiyo Maritime Corp, the owner of the Wakashio, and SMIT Salvage representatives. The naval architect is expected to explain the reasoning behind the decision to fill cargo hold 8 with water. On August 24th Alain Donat, director of navigation, was said to have relied on the salvors’ explanations throughout the operation. However, there have been suggestions that, with hindsight, this might not have been the optimal strategy. The Salvage Master will have to answer several questions regarding the decisions taken to refloat the bulk carrier. Captain Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar had claimed that he handled everything correctly on the Wakashio before SMIT Salvage arrived on July 31st.

Cargo ship Lady Debora (IMO 9147875) allided with a pier while berthing at the port of Setubal, Portugal, on October 4th. The pier was damaged and the Portuguese maritime safety office began an investigation into the incident. There were no injuries or pollution reported. The ship sailed from Setubal again on October 7th, headed for Nador, Morocco, with an ETA of October 14th.

1998-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 5,381 gt Lady Debora is owned by Hadar Management Ltd care of manager Mestex Shipping & Trading Ltd of Odessa, Ukraine. It is entered with VSK Insurance Co.

A deckhand of bulk carrier Ludogorets (IMO 9415155) was reported to have been killed immediately after falling into cargo hold from a 14-metre height on either October 12th or October 13th. The vessel was berthed at Samsun Port, on the Black Sea coast of Turkey. Police were reported to have found circumstances that made the death of 47-year old Bulgarian seaman suspicious, and an investigation was launched. The bulk carrier, with cargo of copper, had arrived at Samsun from Burgas, Bulgaria, on October 9th. As of October 14th it was moored at Poti, Georgia, having just arrived from Samsun.

2010-built, Malta-flagged, 20,491 gt Ludogorets is owned by Ludogorets Navigation Ltd care of manager Navigation Maritime Bulgare of Varna, Bulgaria. It is entered with West of England Club (Eastern Claims team) on behalf of Ludogorets Maritime Ltd.

General cargo ship Hoverla A (IMO 9327188) collided with a Greek fishing vessel west of Agios Efstratios island, south of Limnos in the Aegean sea, during the morning October 13th, while sailing north from Algeria to Nea Karvali, northern Greece. No injuries or serious damages were reported and both ships reached Myrina port, Limnos, later the same day and under their own steam. As of October 14th it was moored at Limnos.

2006-built, Moldova-flagged, 3,604 gt Hoverla A is owned by Vulcana Srl care of Albros Shipping & Trading of Istanbul, Turkey. It is managed by Argo Shipping Co of Nikolayev, Ukraine.