Marine accident round-up : 1st May 2020

Chemical/oil products tanker Loutro (IMO 9531583) suffered mechanical failure during the morning April 29th while transiting the Dardanelles in eastern direction, en route from Greece to Derince, Turkey. The disabled tanker drifted for some time, was taken under control by SAR tugs and towed to Erenkoy anchorage, Dardanelles, where she was brought to anchor. 2011-built, Malta-flagged, 2,336 gt Loutro is owned by Loutro Navigation Ltd care of Avin International of Athens, Greece. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Loutro Navigation Ltd.

A Transnet National Ports Authority ship’s pilot fell off a crude oil tanker (name as yet unreported) after a rope ladder snapped at Durban port on April 28th. The NSRI Durban deployed a rescue team after the 35-year-old man fell off the vessel while disembarking onto tug Lufafa before the tanker departed the port. In an effort to avoid injury to the man, the Lufafa veered away from the ship when the incident occurred, allowing the man space to push away from the ship and swim free from the ships draft in an effort to avoid being sucked into the ships propellers. Its crew rescued the man and took him to the T Jetty, where they were met by paramedics. He was treated for mild hypothermia and as a precaution he was transported to hospital by ambulance for further medical evaluation. The incident was to be investigated by authorities.

The quarantine of passenger ship Costa Fascinosa (IMO 9479864) ended as of April 28th. A total of 29 crew members were detected with Covid-19, of whom 10 were admitted to hospital at Santos. Three died. At the beginning of the month (IMN, April 2nd 2020) a Brazilian court barred crew members from disembarking from the vessel at Santos after seven crew members developed Covid-19-consistent symptoms,. A judge ruled that only crew members who needed medical assistance would be allowed disembark. The more-than 400 crew members remaining on board are now to be disembarked and repatriated to their home countries, being taken by buses from Santos to the Guarulhos International Airport. 2012-built, Italy-flagged, 113,321 gt Costa Fascinosa is owned by Costa Crociere SpA of Genoa, Italy. ISM manager is Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual, Gard and UK Club.

Marella Cruises has announced the extension of the suspension of cruises until June 30th. Cruise ship Marella Celebration (IMO 8027298) will not sail again for the cruise line, ending therefore her 15 years of service. The 36-year-old cruise ship, for which travel company Tui UK sold trips, was due to sail for an additional 18 months, based in Cyprus for the winters. For the summers she was due to sail out of Dubrovnik, navigating the Adriatic. The vessel had dropped anchor off Portsmouth on April 23rd. 1984-built, Malta-flagged, 33,933 gt Marella Celebration is owned by Tui UK Ltd care of manager Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. ISM manager is Columbia Cruise Services GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group E1 – EMEA) on behalf of Tui UK Ltd.