Marine accident round-up : 1st June 2017

Livestock and general carrier Investigator II (IMO 9766968), which was functioning as a temporary shipping solution between Tasmania and King Island, had a hinge failure in the night of May 30th during a livestock crossing to the town of Grassy. Concerns had been raised by King Island residents as to its size, reliability and durability. Investigator II returned to Devonport, northern Tasmania for repairs which were expected to be completed within 24 hours. No cattle were on board at the time of the failure and no crew were injured. 2015-built, 1,019 gt Investigator II is owned by Toll Energy Logistics PTY and managed by Toll Marine Logistics, both of Perth,

Western Australia. One database has it as entered with Shipowners’ P&I Club, but Investigator II does not appear in Shipowners’ database. Cover possibly expired.

Nearly a month since the sinking of cargo ship Southern Phoenix (IMO 8520434) most of the oil and fuel has been removed from the vessel. The ship owner soon will put out to tender the removal of the ship from the port of Suva, Fiji. An oil spill boom and a temporary exclusion zone around the wreck remain in place. The vessel was owned and operated by Cruz Holdings, but chartered by Pacific Direct Line for the transport of cargo to Tarawa, Kiribati. Salvage experts from New Zealand were engaged by the ship’s owners and have taken over operations. 1986-built, 3,113 gt Southern Phoenix is owned and managed by Cruz Holdings of Suva, Fiji. Vessel appears in Lodestar database for owner Cruz Holdings Fiji. (Note. One database has it entered with Shipowners P&I Club, but it does not appear in the Shipowners’ database. Possiblycover expired.)

Bulk carrier Global Standard (IMO 9550199) dragged an anchor in adverse weather on May 28th while anchored north of Ko Si Chang on the Laem Chabang – Sri Racha anchorage in Thailand. The vessel contacted the bottom and damaged coral reefs over an area of 2,800 sq metres. Total damage was estimated at $3.5m. 2010-built, 17,018 gt Global Standard is owned by Murakami Sekiyu/Tradewind Navi and managed by Reitaku Kaiun Co Ltd. It is entered with Britannia P&I Club on behalf of insured Murakami Sekiyu Co Ltd.