Marine accident round-up : 18th December 2023

The grounding of passenger ship Captain Richard G. Spear (IMO 1488481) on August 16th off Vinalhaven, Maine, USA, was caused by human error, investigations made by the Maine Department of Transportation and the US Coast Guard have concluded. Based on the results of the investigation, MaineDOT concluded that they have taken appropriate action. No final written disciplinary action has been taken. The employee who was captaining the ferry during the incident was a longtime MSFS team member who had experience making the run between Rockland and Vinalhaven. The vessel itself returned to service in mid-November. The cost of repairs from the grounding was approximately $150,000. When the ship struck a ledge off Vinalhaven the starboard rudder was damaged and the port rudder was knocked off from the impact with the ledge. There was also damage to at least one propeller. The incident occurred about 90 minutes before high tide and there were 65 passengers on board at the time. The Spear was then taken to the Rockland Marine Corp. shipyard repair facility in Rockland where the repair work was done.

Cargo ship Scot Explorer (IMO 9841794) suffered a cargo shift and loss of logs on December 13th when about 1.6nm east of the Blyth pier, north-east England in adverse weather, en route from Aberdeen to Dover with 3500 cbm logs as cargo on board. Some 5% of the cargo was reported lost. There were eight people on board. The ship berthed in the port of Sunderland later in the afternoon to secure the remaining cargo. The drifting logs were expected to wash ashore.

2019-built, UK-flagged, 3,457 gt Scot Explorer is owned by Scotline Ltd of Romford, Essex, UK. It is managed by Intrada Ships Management Ltd of Rochester, Kent, UK.

The Maritime Rescue Sub Centre of the Coast Guard in Kochi coordinated the medevac of the Croatian crew member Nikolich Marjan off LNG tanker Al Khaznah (IMO 9038440) on December 13th. He had suffered an injury to his left hand while working in the engine room and required urgent medical assistance. A tug from the Kochin Port Authority took him off and transported him to shore for further care.

1994-built, Liberia-flagged, 110,895 gt Al Khaznah is owned by Al Khaznah Inc care of manager Adnoc Logistics & Services of Abu Dhabi, UAE. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Al Khaznah Inc.