Marine accident round-up : 18th January 2024

Cargo ship New Energy (IMO 9306524) was refloated on January 13th. The vessel was towed to Dung Quat Shipyard in Quang Ngai, where it arrived during the evening of January 15th local time for repairs. The salvors had spent four days sucking up about 6,000 cubic metres of sand to open a 30 metres-wide water channel that was 300 metres long so that the vessel could be towed to open sea. The ship, loaded with nearly 14,000 tons of iron ore, ran aground on November 14th 2023 while en route from the Cua Lo port in the Central Province of Nghe An to Dung Quat port.

2005-built, Vietnam-flagged, 10,337 gt New Energy is owned and managed by Vinashin Shipping Co Ltd of Hanoi, Vietnam. ISM manager is Tan Binh Co Ltd of Haiphong, Vietnam. As of January 17th it was reported as being at anchor at Dung Quat Port, Vietnam, where it arrived on January 15th.

Bulk carrier Khalejia Ana 3 (IMO 9164627) allided with a fender while berthing at Shuaiba Port in Kuwait on January 10th. The bulk carrier suffered damages to the bulbous bow. The vessel completed the cargo discharge on January 13th and was awaiting further instructions from the port authorities.

1998-built, Panama-flagged, 38,489 gt Khalejia Ana 3 is owned by Al Khalejia Marine Inc care of manager Al Khalejia Aggregates FZE of Ras al Khaimah, UAE. It is entered with American Club on behalf of Al Khalejia Marine Inc. As of January 17th it was moored at Shuaiba, Kuwait.

Container ship Armada Sejati (IMO 9031727) ran aground on a coral reef near Samalona Island, Makassar City, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, late on January 13th . The vessel was on its way from Makassar to Jakarta when it came to a sudden stop only a short distance from the island’s northwest lighthouse. Two tugs dispatched from the local port authority arrived on January 14th. The container ship was refloated. Investigations were underway to determine the cause of the incident and assess the extent of damage to the coral reef.

1991-built, Indonesia-flagged, 6,093 gt Armada Sejati is owned and managed by Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines of Surabaya, Indonesia. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of PT Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines. As of January 17th the vessel was in the Java Sea, en route from Makassar, Indonesia, to Baubau, Indonesia.

All the crew of a small general cargo ship, the Star Sabang (IMO 8708995), were rescued safely by the Philippine Coast Guard after the vessel began listing dangerously in the Sulu Sea on Monday January 15th. The 500 dwt vessel faced large waves and strong winds around the west side of Bayangan Island in Zamboanga del Norte. It had been carrying 170 tons of cement cargo from Cebu to Zamboanga. The adverse weather caused the ship’s cargo to shift within the vessel on the high seas, causing the ship to list heavily and to take on water. The ship’s captain contacted the Philippines Coast Guard for assistance. The PCG dispatched a team and rescued the 13 crewmembers. The PCD continued to monitor the ship after the evacuation. The vessel’s owner was reported to be attempting to tow the vessel using another of its ships, the Star Danao.

1987-built, Philippines-flagged, 249 gt Star Sabang is owned and managed by Roble Shipping Inc of Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines.