Marine accident round-up : 19th August 2019

General cargo ship Osfjord (IMO 6706113) is now being removed from Linesøya in South-Trøndelag. The Norwegian Coastal Administration was monitoring the complex salvage operation. On September 22nd 2018 the vessel suffered an engine failure and ran aground in the Åfjord municipality (IMN September 25th 2018). She became stuck  and was listing to starboard in heavy surf. The ship was on her way from Brønnøysund to Kristiansund when strong western winds pushed her ashore. The crew of four was evacuated by a rescue helicopter. On November 2nd the Coastal Administration gave the ship owner an order to remove the wreck in its entirety. Salvage company Pro Staal presented a plan for the wreck removal, which consisted of sealing the vessel, attaching floating devices to the wreck and then transporting the vessel to Fosen Gjenvinning for recycling. The site is characterized by shallow water and rocky terrain both below and above the sea surface. Salvors are having to rely on sufficiently long weather windows to be able to float the wreckage off the ground. Danish Mutual Marine is the insurer. On July 17th the Coastal Administration received a copy of a new salvage plan, presented by the Boa management. The plan was to cut the wreck into 10 or 11 sections of about 50 tonnes each and to transport each section to Fosen Gjenvinning for further dismantling. Subcontractor Kristiansand Bygg A/S was responsible for the cutting work itself. The wreck was cut using a diamond wire which was threaded around the wreck and cut the wreck from the underside. The hull sections were then lifted aboard the Boabarge 42 with a mobile crane. The Boa management was now well underway with the work and the deck house has already been removed. The Norwegian Coastal planned an on-site inspection on August 15th. 1967-built, Norway-flagged, 469 gt Osjford is owned and managed by Osfjord Bulk Ltd of Nordstrono, Norway. At the  time of the incident it was entered with Hydor on behalf of Osfjord Bulk Ltd, but it no longer appears on the insurer’s database.

Cargo ship Solina (IMO 9496252) ran aground on the Amazon River near Munguba Port during the morning of August 11th while en route from Santarem to Tuxpan with a cargo of corn. Agents and the Port Authority decided to wait for a suitable tide that afternoon. The refloating attempt failed as the water level was insufficiently high. A class representative of DNV was to board the ship before commencing a salvage operation using tugs. 2012-built, Bahamas-flagged, 20,603 gt Solina is owned by Erato Seven Shipping Ltd care of manager Polska Zegluga Morska PP (POLSTEAM) of Szczecin, Poland. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Erato Seven Shipping Ltd.

Four people were injured Friday morning when Boston-bound ferry Lightning ran aground off Long Island in Boston Harbour. There were 84 people on board at the time. The US Coast Guard launched rescue crews from Station Boston and Point Allerton to assist in the response, alongside state and local partner agencies.

The four injured were brought to emergency medical services at Black Falcon Cruise Terminal and transported to various hospitals in Boston. The ferry was able to move under its own power to dock in Charlestown. The cause of the incident was under investigation.

Clean-up crews have responded to an oil spill from a pipeline in Cox Bay, Louisiana, near Port Sulphur on the Mississippi River Delta. Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office on Thursday morning August 15th of an oil discharge in Cox Bay. Flowline owner Time Energy reported that the source of the leak had been secured. An incident management team from US Coast Guard Sector New Orleans visited the site Thursday to begin coordinating the response.  OMI Environmental Solutions clean-up crews have deployed about 300ft of spill boom around the affected area.  A Coast Guard aerial survey determined that the site had an unrecoverable sheen about 200yds long, extending from the marsh surrounding the discharge source. An area of the marsh of about 200ft by 600ft had been soiled by oil, but no wildlife impacts had been reported. The US NOAA responds to as many as 40 incidents or more in the Gulf region each year.

Fishing vessel Jin Xiang 6 caught fire 400 miles west of Tuvalu and began to take on water on August 16th. The crew abandoned ship. A New Zealand Defence Force Orion P-3K2 on a fisheries patrol located the vessel and dropped off communications equipment, fresh water and lights. The 14 crew members went into life rafts. The aircraft then returned to Nauru, having reached its maximum flying endurance. An RNZAF Hercules C-130 aircraft was placed on standby to support. The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand was notified about the fire and was gathering information to see what assistance can be provided to Fiji, where the response will be coordinated.