Marine accident round up : 1st October 2018

Oil products tanker Erato (IMO 8105088) was reported collided with anchored container ship and, oddly, identically named, Erato (IMO 9472103) at Piraeus anchorage during the afternoon of September 29th while mooring alongside for bunkering. Both ships sustained slight damage, but no breaches or leaks were reported. None of the 18 crew members of the tanker and 32 on the container ship were injured. The Central Port Authority of Piraeus detained the two ships until the certification of seaworthiness by the attending classification societies.

1981-built, Greece-flagged, 4,270 gt Erato is owned and managed by Seka 02 Maritime Co of Piraeus, Greece.

2011-built, Liberia-flagged, 26,374 gt Erato is owned by Oceanis Marine care of Goldenport Shipmanagement Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Britannia Club on behalf of Oceanis Marine.

Self-discharging bulk carrier Cuyahoga (IMO 5166392) reported a leakage of oil from one of the vessel’s discharges during loading operations at the LS & I Ore dock in Marquette, Wisconsin during the early evening of September 20th. The crew contained the spill with the ship’s oil boom. The oil spill, which had been caused by a leaking lube oil cooler, was contained and cleaned up before the vessel left the dock. 1943-built, Canada-flagged, 10,532 gt Cuyahoga is owned by Black Creek Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Lower Lakes Towing Ltd of Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd.

On September 27th, five days after its grounding, general cargo ship Osfjord (IMO 6706113) remained partially submerged, with its stern, including the engine room, flooded. The wreck was said to have some seven or eight holes in her hull. There were about 3,000 litres of bunker oil and some lubricating oil still on board. Two tugs were standing by for salvage attempts. The ship grounded on September 22nd near Linesøya in Trøndelag in the Åfjord. She was listing to the starboard side in heavy surf. The ship was on her way from Brønnøysund to Kristiansund when strong western winds pushed her ashore. 1967-built, Norway-flagged, 469 gt Osjford is owned and managed by Osfjord Bulk Ltd of Nordstrono, Norway. It is entered with Hydor SA on behalf of Osfjord Bulk Ltd.

The owners of crude oil tanker Desh Shakti (IMO 9263734) have obtained clearance from the High Court of Kerala, India, to release the vessel. Upon clearance to sail, the ship headed to Fujairah on September 20th and moored on the port’s anchorage on September 25th. As of September 9th the vessel was detained at Mangalore Port after her alleged collision on August 7th with fishing vessel Oceana, as a result of which several fishermen died. After the incident a suit was filed by the fishermen and the court ordered Fortkochi Coastal Police to investigate the matter. 2004-built, India-flagged, 84,261 gt Desh Shakti is owned and managed by SCI of Mumbai, India. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of the Shipping Corporation of India.

Following the completion of its repair works at the Navantia Shipyard, Cadiz, bulk carrier Sam Lion departed Cadiz during the afternoon of September 25th, en route to Gibraltar for bunkering. Sam Lion ran aground on the rocks of Santa Isabel on July 2nd and was towed by two Salvamento Marítimo vessels to a berth at the Poniente dock in Ceuta. On August 3rd the ship sailed from Ceuta and docked at the La Cabezuela dock in Puerto Real. 2012-built, Liberia-flagged, 31,760 gt Sam Lion is owned by Sam Lion Inc care of Shipping Asset Management of Geneva, Switzerland. It is entered with Steamship (Smuab) (European syndicate) on behalf of SPV Sam Lion Inc.

Passenger/cargo RoRo Red Eagle (IMO 9117337) reportedly cut through moorings in Cowes Harbour during the morning of September 27th, pushing several Daring class yachts adrift into the Solent and damaging a signpost. A 30-ft catamaran was pushed from its mooring on to another Daring, which ended up hard against the catamaran’s stern. The Calshot Atlantic lifeboat and Cowes RNLI lifeboat launched a search for the vessels in fog – which reduced visibility to less than 50 metres. Two boats were recovered just outside Cowes Harbour, one by a Cowes Harbour Launch and another by a lifeboat. All the affected craft were towed into Shepards Marina. The 17:30 Red Funnel ferry was apparently responsible but an investigation into the cause was underway. Visibility at the time was reported to be extremely poor due to fog. 1996-built, UK-flagged, 4,075 gt Red Eagle is owned and managed by Red Funnel Group. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Southampton Isle Of Wight & South Of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Ltd.

Passenger/cargo RoRo Fauno, 1386 gt (IMO 7717315) allided with the pier and the dock of the port of Casamicciola, southern Italy, during the early evening of September 25th, possibly due to strong winds, while sailing between Ischia and Procida. The crew succeeded in backing off and no injuries were reported. However, damage to the pontoon was observed. The ferry resumed the voyage to Pozzuoli short time later. 1981-built, Italy-flagged, 1,386 gt Fauno is owned and managed by Caremar of Naples, Italy. It is entered with Standard Club (Mediterranean & Middle East Division) on behalf of Campania Regionale Marittima SpA.