Marine accident round-up : 19th July 2019

Independent shipowning association BIMCO has put together a guide for how members can use the bunker adjustment factor (BAF) clause to manage rising fuel cost and possible volatility in prices caused the by the 2020 sulphur limit. (access available to members only).

Fishing boat Myojin Maru No. 8 (IMO 9810771) caught fire and went adrift in the Indian Ocean on July 16th. The 24 crew members abandoned ship and had to be rescued. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) received an alert from the Japan Coast Guard the same morning. An AMSA Challenger jet was deployed to assist with the SAR operation, 1,000 km west of Perth. Another Japanese fishing vessel was in the area and successfully rescued all crew members the same morning, all of them safe and uninjured. AMSA and the Japan Coast Guard continued to investigate the cause of the fire and assess any pollution and environmental impacts of the incident. 2017-built, Japan-flagged, 479 gt Myojin Marou No 8 is owned and managed  by Suzuko Gyogyo KK of Oshika-gun, Miyagi-ken, Japan.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Xin Yu Jin Siang (IMO 9110810) suffered a fire in her engine room early on July 16th when she was about one mile west of Jawol-do island, south-west of Incheon, South Korea. The ship was en route from Incheon to Qinhuangdao and had 150 passengers and 50 crew members on board. All passengers were evacuated onto a patrol ship to be transferred to Incheon. One passenger had to be medically treated. The ship anchored west of Jawol-do and was to be towed to Incheon. 1995-built, China-flagged, 12,304 gt Xin Yu Jin Xiang is owned by Chuangyuan Shipping Co ltd of Hebei, China. It is managed by Qinhuangdao Qin-In Ferry Co of Hebei, China. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Contact Hong Kong) on behalf of Qinhuangdao Chuangyuan Shipping Co Ltd.

Tug Ocean Warlock (MMSI 316004661) hit a submerged object near Iona Island, North Arm, Fraser River, British Columbia, Canada, on July 4th while towing two empty barges. The tug came to a complete stop and the forward section of barge Ledcor 1409 slammed into the tug’s stern area. Minor damages were reported.

Tug Chattie Sue Smith (MMSI 367433570) one of three tugs which sank on the Illinois River on July 5th, was raised by two sheerlegs of the Okie Moore Diving on July 12th. The three vessels, which were tied together along with a deck barge, started to take on the water and sank to the bottom of the river near Hardin at mile marker 21. The US Coast Guard has worked with the owners of the tugboats to contain, remove and prevent the fuel from moving downstream. The tugs had a total of 4,850 gallons diesel on board. The vents from which the fuel leaked had been shut off by a team of divers on July 8th. The USCG Upper Mississippi River has deployed six members to continue working on removing the remaining wrecks. Oil booms were laid out to contain any spill.