Marine accident round-up : 18th March 2020

All Gard staff in Arendal, London, New York, Hong Kong, Imabari, Rio de Janeiro, Bergen and Oslo are working from home until further notice and can be reached on their usual Gard phone numbers and emails. Gard’s offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Piraeus, Helsinki and Bermuda operate with some staff in the office and the rest working from home.

Gard said that “during these extraordinary times” it remained committed to providing the safest environment for employees whilst maintaining continuity of services to members, clients, brokers and other business partners.

The majority of London Club staff in London started working remotely from March 16th, although for the time being the office would remain open with some staff voluntarily attending their normal workplace. The Club said that this arrangement would continue until close of business on Friday March 27th, although the position would be “kept under close review in light of future government advice”. All telephone calls will be diverted as appropriate and staff working remotely will conduct business as usual, responding to all enquiries in a timely manner. normal service levels will be maintained. Similar working arrangements are already in place for London Club’s Hong Kong and Piraeus offices.

Bulk carrier Tycoon (IMO 9215543) suffered engine failure while transiting the Bosphorus in a northerly direction during the evening of March 16th. She was taken under control by tugs and was anchored off the Bosphorus in the Black Sea early on March 17th. 2000-built, Liberia-flagged, 40,562 gt Tycoon is owned by Tycoon Maritime SA care of manager Delek Transport Agency Inc of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with American Club on behalf of Tycoon Maritime SA.

General cargo ship RMS Wanheim (IMO 8920268) suffered engine failure during the morning of March 16th in Biscay Bay, south-west of Brest, France, while en route from Rotterdam to Psajes, Spain, carrying a cargo of steel. Tug Abeille Bourbon was nearby and began towage the evening of the same day, taking the vessel to Brest where she was scheduled to arrive later yesterday, March 17th. 1990-built, Liberia-flagged, 1,985 gt RMS Wanheim is owned by Wanheim Shipping SA care of manager Sky Mare Navigation Co of Piraeus, Greece.

Pusher tug Cooperative Spirit hit the Luling Bridge (Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge) on the Mississippi River, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, around dawn on March 15th while sailing downstream. Of 29 barges, 26 have been recovered. Two sank and one is missing. The bridge was not damaged.