Marine accident round-up : 19th February 2020

The Indian Consulate in Dubai has repatriated the bodies of the two Indians who were killed in a fire on board tanker Zoya 1 off the coast of Sharjah on January 29th. The bodies of Shiva Naga Babu and Basudeb Haldar were sent to Andhra Pradesh on February 13th. Two other Indians went missing after the fire on board the unloaded oil tanker when it was 21 miles off the coast of Sharjah. Their bodies were retrieved on February 2nd but DNA tests have been needed to confirm their identities.. There were 12 crew members and 44 technicians on board when the fire erupted. All Indian crew members were technicians hired by a Fujairah-based company to do maintenance work on the vessel, which was bound for India where it was due to be scrapped.

1996-built, Panama-flagged, 156,852 gt Zoya 1 is owned and managed by Ullib Shipping Inc of St Kitts & Nevis. ISM manager is Aurum Ship Management FZC of Sharjah, UAE.

It was decided to order general cargo ship Fri Dolphin (IMO 9073880) to dock in Brest, France, after consultation between the local maritime authorities and the owner of the vessel. The decision, following a toxic gas incident, was taken to guarantee the safety of the ship in the light of deteriorating weather conditions. The crew was accommodated locally at the cost of the owner. The crew consisted of six Russians and one Ukrainian. Earlier in the week one man had died, a Russian national, while three were injured after bilge fans, apparently affected by bad weather, led to toxic phosphine gas spreading into the living quarters. The three injured sailors were in stable condition at the Cavale-Blanche hospital in Brest. A technical investigation by the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA) of the Bahamas, the flag state of the cargo ship, assisted by the BEA French Sea, was opened to determine the technical circumstances of the accident.

1994-built, Bahamas-flagged, 2,075 gt Fri Dolphin is owned by Kopervik Shipping AS of Kopervik, Norway and managed by Kopervik Ship Management AS of the same address. ISM manager is Kopervik Ship Management Poland of Gdansk, Poland. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Bergen) on behalf of Kopervik Ship Management Poland.

Just one day after general cargo ship Bonita (IMO 8609931) left Rotterdam upon completion of repairs of grounding damage, the ship was in collision with the Noordereiland (EU-No 03270717) during the night of February 13th at the Houtrib lock in Lelystad. The vessel entered the lock but failed to get the engine into reverse, thereupon hitting the tanker which was coming from Amsterdam. The lock gate was severely damaged in the accident. No injuries were reported. Both ships were temporarily banned from sailing, pending investigations.

1987-built, Latvia-flagged, 920 gt Bonita is owned by MV Bonita SIA care of manager AA Bon-Port of Liepaja, Latvia.

Container ship E. R. Seoul (IMO 9208021) allided with the Berendrecht lock upon its departure from Antwerp, Belgium, during the afternoon of February 14th. The vessel suffered significant damage to her hull and had to return to berth 418 for further inspections. The Berendrecht lock remained operational. The container ship berthed at the Antwerp Ship repair the following morning. 2000-built, Liberia-flagged, 66,289 gt E. R. Seoul is owned by ER Seoul Schiffahrts care of manager Zeaborn Ship Management GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Swedish Club (Gothenburg Team) on behalf of Fortyeighth Phoenix Shipping Inc.

Chemical/oil products tanker Aster Alvar (IMO 9528902) was towed to the Yalova shipyard area and berthed at the Tersan shipyard during the evening of February 8th, following a grounding incident. No damage relating to the grounding incident was observed. However, a more detailed survey and inspection was underway. 2011-built, Gibraltar-flagged, 7,697 gt Aster Alvar is owned by Aster Shipping CV care of manager South End Tanker Management BV of Dordrecht, Netherlands. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Oslo 1) on behalf of South End Tanker Management BV.