Marine accident round-up : 18th July 2022

Container ship APL Vanda (IMO 9631993) suffered a loss of containers sometime between July 3rd and 5th while in the Arabian sea east, of Socotra. The ship had to interrupt its voyage and arrived at Djibouti Anchorage on July 6th. On July 15th it moved to the port and berthed at the Doraleh Container Terminal, assisted by tugs. There was no alert on containers drifting in the area of the alleged loss. WK Webster said that it was currently “seeking to verify the severity of the incident”. It was reported that CMA CGM now intended to omit the vessel’s scheduled call at Southampton and instead tranship cargo destined for Southampton at Tanger- Mediterranean Port for on-carriage by the next available vessel.

2013-built, Singapore-flagged, 169,423 gt APL Vanda is owned by CMA CGM Asia Pacific Liner care of Neptune Shipmanagement Services Pte of Singapore. It is managed by CMA CGM Asia Shipping Pte of Singapore. ISM manager is CMA CGM International Shipping of Singapore. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of CMA CGM Asia Pacific Liner Pte.

A Filipino crew member died in a work accident on cargo ship Lowlands Comfort (IMO 9728136) in the Gulf of Aden on July 4th. He was operating the ship’s auxiliary crane in the aft section when he was hit and fatally injured. His body was transferred to authorities in Banda Aceh waters, Sumatra, Indonesia, on July 14th. The bulk carrier is en route from Baltimore, USA, to China and resumed the voyage the same day. According to the ship’s track there was an attempt to disembark the body in Oman, but apparently this attempt was aborted for unknown reasons. As of July 17th the vessel was underway at the eastern end of the Singapore Strait, heading east.

2016-built, Panama-flagged, 43,013 gt Lowlands Comfort is owned by G.O.D. Shipping SA care of Doun Kisen KK of Imabari, Japan. ISM manager is STX Marine Service Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with Japan Club (Imabari Office in charge) on behalf of G.O.D. Shipping SA.

Fire broke out on board Passenger/RoRo Trans Asia 1 (IMO 7902726) in Lapu Lapu City waters, Cebu, Philippines, early on July 16th local time. The ship became inoperable or decommissioned. The ship was soon engulfed in flames, and the eight maintenance crew and one guard on board were evacuated, with two of them having to be treated for smoke inhalation. The fire was reported to have been extinguished after about four hours. The ferry had been put out of service in 2019 after a previous fire, and later that same year was beached by typhoon. According to databases, it was already decommissioned. However, Trans Asia Shipping Lines said on July 16th that the ferry was under repairs and that it would be re-entered into service.

1980-built, Philippines-flagged, 11,457 gt Trans-Asia 1 is owned and managed by Trans-Asia Shipping Lines Inc of Cebu, Philippines.