Marine accident round-up : 19th January 2024

The new combined NorthStandard rules for the P&I, FD&D, War Risks and Coastal & Inland classes will be introduced for the 2024 policy year (and onwards). The combined rules involve changes to the rules previously used by both sides of the combined business. They will be effective from noon GMT on 20 February 2024.

Cargo broker Ash Ganesan is reported to have resigned from McGill and Partners and will be joining the cargo team at Price Forbes. Ganesan has worked at McGill and Partners since 2019, with earlier stints at Miller Insurance Services, and JLT Specialty and has over 16 years’ experience in the industry.

Nigeria’s Tantita Security Services Nigeria Ltd, in collaboration with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), arrested oil products tanker Kali (IMO 8782800) for allegedly transporting illegal crude oil from offshore Sokebolou Field base in Bayelsa State. The vessel was intercepted at Pennington oil field early on January 11th by a combined team of TSSL and men from the NSCDC. The captain was claimed to have revealed that 119 tonnes of crude oil had been pumped onto the vessel before its arrest. He was also alleged to have stated that the owner had lured the crew into the illicit deal on the pretence that they were heading for Bayelsa State to load a cargo of diesel. When they departed from Lagos, where the vessel had undergone maintenance for over a year, they were initially instructed to conduct a 10-mile trial of the engine. If satisfied, they were to proceed to the Bayelsa State to transport diesel back to Lagos. However, upon reaching the Pennington oil field the vessel was full of crude. The Captain did not know at what point the diesel transformed into crude oil. According to him, due to poor network in the areas, he could not contact the owner to tell him that the agent was loading crude oil instead of diesel onto the vessel.

1973-built, Nigeria-flagged (Marine Traffic info), 1,299 gt Kali is owned by Atlantic Bluewater Services care of Deep Frontline Shippers Ltd of Lagos, Nigeria.

The US Coast Guard medevaced a crew member from chemical/oil products tanker High Adventurer (IMO 9788435) on January 14th. US Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a call at about approximately 11:00 local time, stating that a 57-year-old crewman was experiencing abdominal pain. The vessel was 10 miles south of Galveston, Texas at the time. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from USCG Air Station Houston arrived on the scene, hoisted the patient and transported him to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in stable condition.

2017-built, Liberia-flagged, 29,513 gt High Adventurer is owned by D’Amico Societa Di Navigazione of Rome, Italy. It is managed by D’Amico tankers DAC of Dulin, Ireland. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of D’Amico Tankers DAC. As of December 18th it was at Port Arthur Anchorage, Gulf Of Mexico.

A crew member on chemical/oil products tanker Oriental Daphne (IMO 9882736) was medevaced while the vessel was about 88 nautical miles southeast of Cartagena, Spain, en route from Antwerp to Port Said, An SAR Helimer 215 helicopter was mobilized by Salvamento Marítimo. The patient was hoisted and taken to the Alicante airport, where medical assistance was waiting for him. The tanker continued on its route with an ETA of January 20th.

2020-built, Panama-flagged, 9,866 gt Oriental Daphne is owned by Daphne Transporte SA care of manager Serromah Shipping BV of Rotterdam, Netherlands. ISM manager is Norstar Ship Management Pte of Singapore. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo office in charge) on behalf of Daphne Transporte SA. As of January 18th the vessel was in the Eastern Mediterranean, travelling from Antwerp, Belgium (left January 9th) to Port Said (ETA January 20th).

A medical evacuation of a crew member was carried out from general cargo ship Nord Abidjan (IMO 9866641) on January 15th. The CCS Gijón section of Salvamento Marítimo mobilized the Salvamar Rígel, which picked him up on the ship and transferred him to the pilot dock, where an ambulance was waiting for him for transport to hospital for further medical care.

2020-built, Singapore-flagged, 23,232 gt Nord Abidjan is owned by Konlink Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is managed by Phelippe Barko Management Inc of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Konlink Shipping Pte Ltd. As of January a8th it was moored at Aviles, Spain.