Marine accident round-up : 1st February 2024

Belgian farmers blocked roads to the Zeebrugge Container Terminal as part of a protests against rising costs, EU environmental policies, and cheap food imports. Protestors blocked five roads leading to the ports. Lorries were not allowed to pass, but cars were being let through. The blockade was scheduled to end today, February 1st.

Two cruise ships, the Norwegian Prima (IMO 9823986) and the Carnival Jubilee (IMO 9851737), conducted separate rescues of people stranded in makeshift boats in the sea. The Norwegian Prima, which had left Galveston, Texas, with more than 3,000 passengers, came across a small boat while crossing the Gulf of Mexico. There were 12 refugees on board the vessel, which was in distress. The cruise ship turned around and rescued the people, deploying one of the ship’s tenders. The refugees said that they had been at sea for six weeks and that their food and water supplies were critically low. After being given food and water on the ship, and checked medically, they were disembarked in Costa Maya, Mexico, the cruise ship’s next port of call. Meanwhile, cruise ship Carnival Jubilee, departing from Mahogany Bay, Roatan, with 5,200 passengers on board, spotted two men on a kayak on Monday, January 29th, while off the coast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The rescued individuals said that they had taken to the kayak when their main sailboat began to sink. The men were provided with food and water and were later transferred to the Mexican Navy through Carnival’s Fleet Operation Centre in Miami.

2022-built, Bahamas-flagged, 143,535 gt Norwegian Prima is owned by Leonardo One Ltd care of manager NCL (Bahamas) Ltd of Miami, Florida. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Leonardo One Ltd. As of January 31st the vessel was at Cozumel, Mexico.

2023-built, Panama-flagged, 183,200 gt Carnival Jubilee is owned by Costa Crociere SpA of genoa, Italy. Ship manager is Carnival Corp of Doral, Florida. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and with UK Club. As of January 31st it was in the Gulf of Honduras.

Crude tanker voyages through the Red Sea have dropped significantly after the Houthi missile strike on Friday that set fire to the Trafigura-operated vessel Marlin Luanda (IMO 9829899) late on January 26th, according to data from Clarksons. The five-day moving average of crude tankers arriving in the Gulf of Aden was down by 61% compared to the 2023 average, Clarksons said in its daily market report.

General cargo ship Saviz (IMO 9167253), which Iran claimed was being used for anti-piracy operations in the Red Sea, has been sold for recycling, according to cash buyers. The Saviz was accused by other nations of being a spy ship.

1999-built, 16,694 gt Saviz is owned by Oghiaanous Khoroushan Shipping care of manager Rahbaran Omid Darya Ship management Co of Tehran, Iran.