Marine accident round-up : 18th May 2020

Bulk carrier Mars Harmony (IMO 9832432) ran aground at kilometre mark 387 on the Paraná river at the height of Arroyo Seco, south of Gran Rosario, during the morning of May 15th in the “Paraguayan pass”. The ship was proceeding downstream with a cargo of 23.282 tons maize and soy beans, en route from San Lorenzo to Salaverry. The Paraná river’s water levels are at their lowest in 50 years, and this was thought to be the cause of  the grounding. 2019-built, Liberia-flagged, 22,683 gt Mars Harmony is owned by Koma Bulk Ltd care of manager ORIX Maritime Corp of Tokyo, Japan/ ISM manager is New Century Overseas Mgmt Inc of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with Britannia Club on behalf of Koma Bulk Ltd.

The crew of bulk carrier Jasmine (IMO 9514327) discovered around dawn on May 12th that the forecastle store door’s locking arrangement had been tampered with and the padlock was broken. She was moored at the Taboneo anchorage at the time, awaiting cargo operations to commence. Three mooring ropes with a length of 220 metres each had been stolen and 100 metres of another mooring rope had been cut-off and stolen. The Master reported the incident to the local authorities. The local port control, Navy and Police boarded the vessel for investigation. 2012-built, Liberia-flagged, 31,756 gt Jasmine is owned by Sea 121 Leasing Co Ltd care of manager Drylog Services Ltd of Monte Carlo, Monaco. ISM manager is ADK Maritime Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group Piraeus H1) on behalf of Sea 121 Leasing Co Ltd.

Fourteen crew members of container ship Log in Jatoba (IMO 9471898) tested positive for Covid-19 in Santos, Brazil on May 14th, increasing concerns that the port was becoming a viral hotspot. The ship completed cargo operations and was then taken to Santos outer anchorage and put under quarantine, which will last until May 26th. Previously there was containership MSC Giselle (IMO 9720196) which has been under quarantine since May 9th and will remain so until May 23rd. One positive test among the crew was reported to have resulted in a hospitalization. Container ship Barbara (IMO 9437050) was also under quarantine until yesterday, May 17th, after 10 crew tested positive for Covid-19. The results of the test became known on May 9th, although the ship had arrived at Santos on May 1st and was taken to anchorage on May 2nd.

2012-built, Brazil-flagged, 28,554 gt Log-In Jatoba is owned by Log-In Navegacao Ltd care of Log-In Logistica Intermodal SA of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Log-In Navegacao Ltda.

2010-built, Portugal-flagged, 52,726 gt Barbara is owned by ERB 5.300 TEU GmbH care of manager Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Hamburg) on behalf of Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG.

2015-built, Panama-flagged, 94,469 gt MSC Giselle is owned by Xiangwang International Shipping care of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co of Geneva, Switzerland. ISM manager is MSC Shipmanagement Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Xiangwang International Ship Lease Co Ltd.

The police launched an investigation on May 13th into the death of 26-year-old Egyptian national Ahmet Mohamed Hassan Youssef and 23-year old Syrian national Hosin Alothman. Both were working on livestock carrier Anakin (IMO 7422544) which was anchored in the port of Famagusta. The captain of the ship, Hassan Arnaout, was reported arrested and brought before the judge at the Famagusta Accident Court, on charges of causing the death of the sailors as a result of inattention and carelessness. The two men reportedly died as a result of an electric shock on the deck of the ship during regular maintenance of an electric cable which fed the pressurized water engine. The police said that the cable fell on the shaft that turned the water motor propeller, was damaged and short-circuited. Hosin Alothman, who was doing the cleaning work when electric current came to the pressure gun, was electrocuted. Hosin Alothman tried to save him but also suffered injuries that turned out to be fatal. Both men died in the hospital. The ship, with 15 crew members on board, was reported to have anchored in Famagusta since October 24th 2019 due to an engine failure. 1976-built, Republic of Palau-flagged, 2,580 gt Anakin is owned and managed by Abousa Shipping Line SA of Majuro, Marshall Islands.