Marine accident round-up : 18th May 2021

Efforts to remove vehicles from grounded passenger/cargo RoRo Jembatan Musi II (IMO 8961585) to lighten the vessel were being carried out as of May 10th. The local authorities were waiting for a high tide to make it easier to refloat the ferry. They have also instructed several large vessels to be on standby to render assistance, if required.

1967-built, Indonesia-flagged, 159 gt Jembatan Musi II is owned and managed by Jembatan Maritim PT of Surabaya, Indonesia. ISM manager is Samudra Pratama PT of Jakarta, Indonesia.

General cargo ship İrfan Savaş (IMO 8200802) suffered a broken rudder in the Bosphorus on May 11th while en route from Istanbul to Constanta and turned towards the shore off Kuruçeşme. The crew asked for assistance and Coastal Safety deployed tug Kurtarma 12 to the scene. It took the casualty in tow and pulled it to the Büyükdere anchorage, where it was moored at 09:30 local time. As of May 13th the vessel was moored at Constanta, Romania.

1983-built, Moldova-flagged, 1,525 gt Irfan Savas is owned and managed by Mesav Shipping Ltd of Istanbul, Turkey.

The crew of the abandoned oil products tanker Iba (IMO 9438200) were set to fly home to their families after four years stranded off Dubai. The vessel beached on the coast of Umm Al Quwain, UAE in late January. The tanker was understood to have broken off its anchor or anchors and subsequently drifted aground in strong winds. Previously it had sat anchored off the UAE coast since 2017 after the owners Alco Shipping were hit by financial problems. The ship was finally sold in March. This meant that  the crew could be paid 80% of what they were owed, amounting to about $170,000. The five crew members – three from India, one from Pakistan and another from Myanmar – were scheduled to return home on flights that will leave Dubai. The men will receive a health check once they end their contracts. The new owners took weeks to recover the vessel and refloat it, and it then spent several more weeks at anchorage while the crew’s paperwork was completed. On May 9th the tanker berthed in Dubai, where as of May 11th it remained.

2008-built, Panama-flagged, 5,034 gt Iba is still recorded on Equasis as owned and managed by Alco Shipping Services of Sharjah, UAE. No details on new owners.

General cargo ship Port Olya-4 (IMO 9481934) ran aground late on May 9th at the 155km mark in Volga-Caspian Sea Canal, Caspian Sea, while en route from Astrakhan Russia to Port Amirabat, Iran, while in load. As of the afternoon of May 10th the ship was still aground with a tug at its side. By May 13th the vessel was in the Caspian Sea.

2014-built, Russia-flagged, 4,878 gt Port Olya-4 is owned by Transfin-M of Moscow, Russia. It is managed by Transmorflot LLC of Akhty, Russia.