Marine accident round-up : 1st July 2020

A fire broke out in the engine room of general cargo ship Cornion (IMO 9360491) on June 25th in Sagunto, Valencia, Spain. The fire was extinguished by the engine crew and no injuries were reported. However, the ship could have suffered fire damage. It had been berthed in Sagunto since June 11th. 2008-built, Portugal-flagged, 2,956 gt Cornion is owned by Navinorte SA care of manager Junquera Maritima SL of Gijon (Asturias), Spain. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Navinorte SA.

The Coast Guard and good Samaritans have suspended their search for a missing crewmember who went overboard LPG tanker Hellas Gladiator (IMO 9732503)  on June 26th when she was 400 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Coast Guard aircrews aboard HC-130 Hercules aircraft flew 22 sorties for a period of 45 combined hours over a search area of approximately 4,000 sq/m. 2016-built, Malta-flagged, 48,022 gt Hellas Gladiator is owned by Eastbourne Marine SA care of manager Latsco Marine Management Inc of Athens, Greece.

More than 30 bodies have been recovered from the wreck of ferry Morning Bird, which sank during the morning of Monday June 29th on the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  The ferry was struck from behind just yards from the busy pier at Sadarghat during the morning rush hour. According to MD Selim of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority, the Morning Bird was backing down and departing her slip at the time of the collision. The head of BIWTA, Golam Sadeqk, told AFP that the vessel was properly licensed and that it was not overcrowded at the time of the casualty. Rescue divers had retrieved 32 bodies from the wreck by Monday night, including the remains of three children. The search was continuing. The low visibility in the muddy Buriganga River was making the search and recovery effort more complex. Between 50 and 100 people were thought to be on board at the time of the accident.

A crew member who fell overboard on the night of June 28th from Passenger/Cargo RoRo Vincenzo Florio (IMO 9144732) which was sailing on the Palermo-Napoli route, was recovered alive after a few hours’ searching. The alarm was raised immediately after the departure when the absence of one of the crew was noticed. The search immediately started, coordinated by the Harbour Master’s Office, in which Coast Guard units and the firefighters took part. A patrol boat of the Coast Guard found the man alive at sea, about six miles from the port of Palermo. The ship continued its voyage to Naples. Investigations are underway to ascertain what happened shortly after departure. 1999-built, Italy-flagged, 31,041 gt Vincenzo Florio is owned and managed by Compagnia Italiana Di Navigazione of Naples, Italy. It is entered with Standard Club (European Division) on behalf of Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione SpA.