Marine accident round-up : 19th November 2019

General cargo ship Silver Way (IMO 8858855) caught fire while transiting the Sea of Japan, near the South Korean Port of Pohang, on November 17th. There were 13 Russian crew aboard, none of whom were injured. The fire was contained after several hours and did not reach the cargo of timber. Silver Way was subsequently towed to Pohang, where will undergo the necessary repairs before continuing her voyage. South Korean Maritime Authorities sent patrol boats, a firefighting team and a helicopter to assist the crew in firefighting efforts. The vessel was en route from Russia’s Port of Nakhodka to the port of Ningbo, China, at the time of the incident. 1991-built, Sierra Leone-flagged, 2,299 gt Silver Way is owned and managed by Sansara Shipping Hong Kong Ltd care of ISM manager East Line Shipping Co Ltd of Vladivostok, Primrosy kray, Russia.

Sunsail 4017, which sank off the coast of the Isle of Wight on November 11th, was raised and towed to Cowes on November 14th. The vessel, which had been resting on the bottom off Gurnard, leaving just part of the mast above the water, was refloated and taken in tow by vessels of the Rebel Marine and pulled in the afternoon to the Shepards Wharf Marina, Cowes. She was moored immediately south of the entrance to the Shepards Marina and made fast to the pontoon.

Trawler Rosebloom (240 gt, IMO 9292723, listed with Equasis as “Conquest“), ran aground on a rock north of Lerwick Harbour early on November 16th. The 2004-built, UK-flagged trawler hit the “Soldian” rock and remained stuck. Lerwick lifeboat and the two Lerwick Port Authority tugs were called out but were unable to pull the casualty off. The nine crew members were evacuated by the lifeboat around 04:00 and returned to Lerwick harbour and into the care of the ambulance service. Only minor injuries were reported. Weather conditions were calm with light winds and a moderate sea swell, with the air temperature just above freezing. Another attempt to ease off the trawler, which was stuck with a list to port, started at the next high tide. Some of the crew returned to the vessel to help, and pumps were supplied by the Ocean Kinetics to keep the water level down in the ship, which had been holed. She was pulled off at 12:48 and was towed to the Morrison dock

The vessel is owned and managed by Pitcairn Fishing Co Ltd of Lairg, UK.

Offshore tug/supply ship Cheramie Bo-truc 22 (IMO 7621865) and tug Mariya Moran (IMO 9764128) collided near the entrance to Sabine Pass, Texas, during the morning of November 14th. One of Che ramie’s fuel tanks was breached and an estimated 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled. The source of the release was secured and the spill was contained. Boom and sorbent material have been placed around the vessel while it remained anchored outside of the channel. The cause of the collision was under investigation. No injuries were reported.

2015-built, USA-flagged, 708 gt Mariya Moran is owned by BB&T Equipment Finance Corp of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. It is managed by Moran Towing Corp of Connecticut, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Moran Towing Corp.

1975-built, USA-flagged, 195 gt Cheramie Bo-Truc No 22 is owned by Cheramie Botruc No 22 care of manager L&M Botruc Rental LLC of Galliano, Louisiana, USA.

About two tons of fuel leaked into the water of Rio Grande Port, Brazil, during the night of November 13th during bunkering of bulk carrier Dimitris L (IMO 9216456), which was berthed at the Termasa terminal. The bulk carrier was surrounded by booms and an oil removal operation was launched. 2001-built, Greece-flagged, 39,958 gt Dimitris L is owned by Searose Marine SA care of manager Vrontados SA of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Team Greece) on behalf of Searose Marine SA.