Marine accident round-up : 19th February 2021

Bulk carrier Silver Lady (IMO 9279367) arrived at Chornomorsk, Ukraine on February 5th, with 21 crew on board, but on February 6th one of the crew was taken off the ship after showing symptoms of Covid-19. Local transport healthcare authorities ran a test on all crew and 13 tested positive, all of them asymptomatic. Port authorities had told the owner to change all the crew and a new crew arrived to replace the old set. The ship left Chornomorsk late on February 13th, bound for Rotterdam. The replaced crew were understood to have been placed under a two-week quarantine and the ship had been disinfected.

2003-built, Malta-flagged, 27,989 gt Silver Lady is owned by Yokwe Shipholding Co care of Aims Shipping Corp of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Standard Club (European Division) on behalf of Yokwe Shipholding Co.

General cargo ship Turkestan (IMO 9396646) suffered a fire in its engine room on February 8th in the Caspian sea, while en route from Baku to Aktau. A funnel insulation cover was the source of the fire, according to Master’s report. The fire was extinguished by sealing off the engine room and the automatically activated CO2 firefighting system, but the ship was disabled as a result. A tug responded and the ship was towed back to Baku, where it would undergo repairs. No injuries were reported. As of February 18th the vessel was close to Baku in Caspian Sea, “not under command”.

2007-built, Kazakhstan-flagged, 4,182 gt Turkestan is owned and managed by KTZ Express Shipping TOO of Yesil audany, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

General cargo ship Ultra Cape Town (IMO 9660152) suffered an engine failure in Kiel Canal shortly after it began its transit after passing Kiel Locks, during the morning of February 13th. Tugs responded and took the disabled ship under control and was moored near the accident site. The ship was en route from Klaipeda Lithuania to Gibraltar.

2013-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 13,110 gt Ultra Cape Town is owned by A Reefer Line SA care of Thorco Shipping AS of Hellerup, Denmark. It is managed by Ultrabulk AS of Gentofte, Denmark. ISM manager is Asia Sekkei KK of Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Kobe office in charge) on behalf of A Reefer Line SA.

A fire broke out on board passenger ship Elobey XII (IMO 8329919) before dawn on February 16th while it was docked at Malabo port, Bioko island. The ship had been undergoing maintenance works and the fire reportedly was caused by these repair works. The fire was extinguished but the ship’s interior was heavily damaged.

1975-built, Equatorial Guinea-flagged, 997 gt Elobey XII has an unknown owner and manager.

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