Marine accident round-up : 19th October 2020

The captain of the VLCC New Diamond (IMO 9191424), Greek national Stereo Sterio Ilias, has been freed from legal travel restrictions by a Court in Colombo, two months after the vessel caught fire off Sri Lanka. Ilias pleaded guilty to charges related to causing an oil spill and violations of the Marine Environment Protection Authority Act. The Attorney General had asked the court to order approximately $1m in restitution, but the court lowered it to the equivalent of $65,000. The captain is now free to depart Sri Lanka when travel arrangements can be made. The owner company separately agreed to compensate Sri Lanka for its firefighting efforts. Initially Sri Lanka had presented a preliminary bill for approximately $1.85m, but has now agreed a total bill of $2.4m. The New Diamond is being towed to the Port of Fujairah in the UAE, where it is expected the crude oil will be pumped to another tanker, which will in turn complete the delivery of the oil to an Indian refinery. 2000-built, Panama-flagged, 160,079 gt New Diamond is owned by Porto Emporios Shipping Inc care of manager New Shipping Ltd-Lib of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team Greece) on behalf of Porto Emporios Shipping Inc.

Photographs have appeared on social media of FSO Nabarima suffering a severe list off the coast of Venezuela in the Gulf of Paria. The vessel has about 1.3m barrels of oil on board. The photo was reportedly taken on October 13th and was published on Friday by Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS). FSO Nabarima was built in 2005. The facility is operated by a joint venture by Venezuela state oil company PDVSA and Italy’s Eni, which have been exploring options to offload crude from the vessel. It has been idled for more than a year due to US sanctions on PDVSA. The FSO had been experiencing issues for several months, but in PDVSA sought to downplay the risks after the vessel developed an 8 degree list in late August, reportedly the result of flooding in the engine room.

Container ship DS Lotus (IMO 9461465) suffered a fire in containers on October 6th when the ship was approaching Singapore en route from Nansha. The ship subsequently continued sailing in a holding pattern outside the Singapore Strait and Singapore Port boundaries until October 11th, at which time it moved to Singapore Raffles Anchorage and was anchored there while fire fighting continued. By October 15th the fire was reported safely extinguished and the vessel was allowed to berth at Singapore container terminal, where she remained as of October 18th. 2010-built, Liberia-flagged, 91,621 gt DS Lotus is owned and managed by Hai Kuo Shipping 1961C Ltd of Hong Kong. ISM manager is Anglo-Eastern Ship management of Hong Kong. It is entered with London Club on behalf of New China Shipping Ltd.