Marine accident round-up : 18th November 2020

An additional five seafarers have been kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea, following the kidnapping of 14 seafarers reported yesterday in IMN (November 17th). As reported yesterday, the first incident involved heavy lift ship Zhen Hua 7 (IMO 9166560)on November 13th about 78nm northwest of Sao Tome. Fourteen crew were kidnapped. Then general cargo ship AM Delta (IMO 9015929), registered in Ghana, was boarded and five crew were kidnapped when the vessel was about 44nm from South Brass, Nigeria, according to a report from Dryad Global.

1992-built, Ghana-flagged, 999 gt AM Delta is owned by Adom Mbroso Water Transport care of manager Prime Ship Management & Consulting Ltd of Tema, Ghana.

1998-built, Liberia-flagged, 44,471 gt Zhen Hua 7 is owned by Zhen Hua 7 Shipping Co care of manager Shanghai Zhenhua Shipping Co Ltd of Shanghai, China. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Zhen Hua 7 Shipping Co Ltd,

Container ship Mentari Crystal (IMO 8879926) capsized at its berth at the Termaga Domestik Terminal Teluk Lamong, Surabaya, Jawa Timur, during the night of November 15th. The ship started to list heavily to starboard side at around 21:30 local time. This caused many of the 137 containers on board to fall into the sea, which could as a result cause a disruption of the Surabaya West Shipping Route (APBS). Ships crossing the APBS channel or Lamong bay were urged to be careful, because many containers were washed away. Oil booms were laid out after the sinking, and recovery of the containers commenced.

1992-built, Indonesia-flagged, 2,725 gt Mentari Crystal is owned and managed by Mentari Sejatiperkasa of Surabaya, Indonesia.

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A crew member of Passenger/Cargo RoRo Urd (IMO 7826855) was medevaced off Grömitz, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany by the Hans Hackmack of the German Maritime & Rescue Service (DGzRS) and an aircraft of Northern Helicopter Service (NHC) on November 14th. The 51-year old Latvian had suffered a bleeding head injury after a fall on board and required hospital treatment. The ship was 15nm east of Grömitz at the time. The ferry diverted and headed towards an approaching lifeboat.  1981-built, Denmark-flagged, 13,144 gt Urd is owned and managed by Stena Rederi AS of Hellerup, Denmark. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Oslo 2) on behalf of Stena Rederi AS.

Crane ship Lara 1 (IMO 8521672) recovered 19-metre- landing craft Tiffany of Melfort owned by a trout farmer from Kilmelford, Argyll & Bute, near Oban, western Scotland. The Tiffany had broken loose from its moorings during storm Aiden, which swept over western Scotland early on November 1st. The ship had drifted out into the Minks and initially disappeared. The Stornoway Coastguard warned transiting ships of the navigational hazard. On November 2nd divers discovered the relatively new vessel, which had cost £ 1.1m to build, sunk off the Shiant Isles east of Harris. It had been driven onto the rocks and the hull was torn open. The completely submerged wreck was then inspected by divers before the Lara 1 and the work boat Paul B from Tarbert, Harris were called to implement the salvage. On November 9th the  vessel was raised and deposited on the deck of the crane barge. Damage to the hull was so extensive that towing was impossible.

1986-built, Panama-flagged, 1,793 gt Lara 1 is owned by Hapo Participaties BV care of manager Hapo International Barges BV of Ridderkerk, Netherlands. It is entered with Shipowners Club on behalf of Hapo Participaties BV.

After analyzing various factors in the efforts to refloat cargo ship MV Maa (IMO 9557331) at Tenneti Park beach, its owner has decided to abandon the vessel. Earlier, the shipowners had sought permission to dry dock at the shipyard for repairs. However, the port authorities have requested a seaworthiness certificate to allow the vessel into the harbour area. Earlier, Minister for Tourism Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao had said the government would convert the ship into a restaurant (IMN November 9th). Rao said that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was optimistic that the proposal would materialize. “The government will proceed with a plan to get the project after holding talks with the chairman of the Ports Authority. It would be a good addition to the already existing aircraft and submarine museums in Vizag”, Rao said at the time. However, that plan appeared to have been dropped.

2009-built, Bangladesh-flagged, 1,599 gt Maa is owned by Advance Shipping Ltd of Dhaka, Bangladesh. ISM manager is Marintrust Ltd of Dhaka, Bangladesh.