Marine accident round-up : 18th April 2019

Cargo ship Bellaland (IMO 9199414) suffered an electrical problem during the afternoon of April 13th while en route from Bilbao to Oxelösund. CROSS Gris-Nez was informed and tug Abeille Languedoc was deployed to escort the ship for an hour. The vessel had trouble in making headway. CROSS Gris Nez then asked the vessel to anchor off Dunkirk/Calais at 18:10 Following a consultation with the maritime prefecture in Cherbourg, a Dauphin helicopter based in Le Touquet was engaged with an evaluation and intervention team on board, At 19:25 the team was dropped off on the ship and an hour later Bellaland moored on Calais Anchorage. A power supply problem on the injection pump had been preventing the vessel from exceeding two knots. The ship was awaiting spare parts, which were expected to arrive on April 15th.

2000-built, Gibraltar-flagged, 3,244 gt Bellaland is owned and managed by Bellaland Shipping Ltd of Saint John’s, Antigua & Barbuda. It is managed by KLIP Marine Shipmanagement Ltd of Tallinn, Estonia.

Open-hatch cargo ship Saga Wind (IMO 9074078) allided with a bridge in the Ostermoor-Port in Brunsbüttel, Germany, during the afternoon of April 15th. The ship hit the quay despite having tug assistance at the time , She suffered scratches above the water line. The shore side loading crane and some bottom plates of the pier suffered considerable damage. The cause of the allision was thought to be a too-high residual speed of the bulkcarrier. On April 17th the ship remained stationary in the canal port in Brunsbüttel. 1994-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 29,381 gt Saga Wind is owned by Saga Shipholding Norway AS of Notteroy, Norway. It is managed by Saga Welco AS of the same address. ISM manager is Anglo-Eastern Shipmanagement of Wan Chai, Hong Kong. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Oslo 2) on behalf of Saga Shipholding (Norway) AS.

Cargo ship Agios Rafail (IMO 7118181) ran aground on rocks in front of Muzilu during the morning of April 16th while approaching Pula, Croatia. The ship apparently sailed straight towards the coast. The ship was refloated after a hull survey by the Maritime Authority of Pula and she reached Stinjan port near Pula under her own power, where she berthed for further investigation. The vessel transports stone between Pula and Ravenna. 1971-built, Moldova-flagged, 1,227 gt Agios Rafail is owned by Aspa S NE care of manager Thetis Shipholding SA of Athens, Greece. ISM manager is Vital Shipping Co of Durres, Albania.

A fire was reported to have broken out in the engine room of the tanker Maharaja Agrasen (IMO 9070149) in Mumbai during the night of April 13th, shortly after her arrival from Ras Tanuar with a cargo of crude oil. The Chief Engineer reportedly died in the fire, while the Second Engineer and a motorman suffered burns and were taken to hospital. The tanker was taken out of the port of Mumbai and moored at the outer anchorage. 1995-built, India-flagged, 80,130 gt Maharaja Agrasen is owned and managed by SCI of Shipping House, Mumbai, India. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Asia) on behalf of The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI).

Underwater investigations of the sunken Grande America by her Italian owner Grimaldi are continuing. Norwegian offshore ship Island Pride, equipped with an ROV, returned from Brest to the Bay of Biscay location on April 9th to examine further the wreck, which is 4km down. The wreck was found resting upright on a sandy bottom and was buried at the rear by several metres..