Marine accident round-up : 19th November 2018

High-speed ferry T&T Spirit (IMO 9280897) has been sidelined in Port of Spain until November 17th at the earliest after weeks of mechanical problems, which have resulted in several delays and cancellations. The vessel has not sailed since developing mechanical issues on its journey from Tobago to Trinidad during the morning of November 12th. A part needed to be acquired from Germany to effect necessary repairs. It was expected to arrive on November 15th so that the repair could be effected the following day. 2002-built, Trinidad & Tobago-flagged, 6,558 gt T&T Spirit is owned and managed by Trinidad & Tobago Port of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.

Two Uruguayan dockers died early on Tuesday while unloading logs from the hold of American Bulker (IMO 9736420) in Montevideo, and two others were hospitalized. The victims were believed to have been poisoning by a fumigant, but it was not known which product was the cause, a spokesman for the Uruguayan Navy said. The two dockers, from an independent stevedoring company entered one of the four holds of the bulker at about 06:00 on Tuesday morning. They lost consciousness and collapsed. One of the bulker’s crewmembers saw the victims in distress and entered the hold wearing a face mask. During the course of the attempted rescue, he reportedly removed his mask, and he also lost consciousness. That crewmember has been hospitalized and is in an induced coma. A third stevedore is also receiving medical care. The president of an Uruguayan transport union, Cesar Bernal, said that the stevedores did not know that half of the ship’s cargo of timber had been treated with a fumigant. The victims entered the hold as they normally would and succumbed. Workers believe that the treatment product was likely phosphine, a broad-spectrum fumigation gas used to control pests in agricultural and wood product cargoes. Phosphine is denser than air, and can settle and collect in low-lying pockets. 2016-built, Panama-flagged, 22,426 gt American Bulker is owned by Grace Hawk Shipping care of manager Eiko Kisen Co Ltd of Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. ISM manager is Filharmony Shipmanagement Inc of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with Japan Club (Imabari office) on behalf of Grace Hawk Shipping Co.

Hopper dredger Veera Prem IMO 7026479) was grounded during cyclone Gaja on the morning of November 16th in Thirupattinam, Tamil Nadi State, Bay of Bengal. Mercantile Marine department authorities in Chennai and the coastguard in Nagapattinam were instructed to recover the vessel and to inspect it for damage. 1970-built, India-flagged, 9,640 gt Veera Prem is owned and managed by Mercator Ltd of Mumbai, India. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Mercator Ltd.

Cargo Ship Koravi (IMO 8402591) ran aground near Akrotiri Dhaka at the southern coast of Lefkada, Greece during the night of November 15th. The ship had eight Albanian crew on board and was carrying 1,949 tons of iron rods from Amaliapolis Volos to Albania. She suffered water ingress as a result of the grounding. Two patrol boats of the Greek Coastguard and a helicopter were deployed to the site. The crew members were evacuated to Lefkada as a precaution. The ship was pulled free later in the day by tug Christos XXXIV and towed to the port of Vassiliki, Lefkada, whose Port Authority detained the vessel. 1985-built, Albania-flagged, 1,473 gt Koravi is owned and managed by Albmarine Ltd of Tirane, Albania. ISM manager is Albmarine Ltd of Durres, Albania.