Marine accident round-up : 20th August 2018

Bulk carrier Stargate (IMO 9493212), experienced an attempted attack by between 10 and 12 robbers while she was at anchor 2.75nm off Sagar Light, Sagar Island, India, early on August 11th. Two of the robbers boarded the vessel. The patrol sentry spotted the robbers transferring bundles of rope into the boat and alerted the crew. The robbers fled with the stolen goods. The Master reported the incident to the local agent and Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The ICG followed up by deploying a Coast Guard vessel to investigate. 2011-built, Liberia-flagged, 17,025 gt Stargate is owned by Larchep Shipping Inc care of manager Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte of Singapore. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Larchep Shipping Inc.

Hopper dredger Scheldt River (IMO 9778143) caused a small oil spill in the Elbe estuary at the height of buoy 53 early on August 15th, a result of the hydraulic hose of the dredger arm breaking. Most of the oil was recovered by the crew, but an estimated 150 litres was lost. An oil surveillance flight was launched from Nordholz to monitor the surrounding area. The crew detected a pollution of 2.4km length and 300 metres width. The police launched an investigation against the 39 year-old master of the dredger. Scheldt River was working on fairway maintenance between Cuxhaven and Wedel. 2017-built, Belgium-flagged, 9,459 gt Scheldt River is owned and managed by Dredging International NV of Zwijndrecht, Belgium. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Dredging Environmental And Marine Engineering NV.

After the engine trouble aboard general cargo ship Hazar (IMO 9674921) was rectified by the crew, the vessel proceeded to Istanbul Roads under her own power, escorted by a tug and dropped anchor there on August 13th. Administrative enquiries were completed and it was reported that fines were paid. On August 15th the ship was sailing again with an ETA at Livorno of August 19th. 2013-built, Malta-flagged, 18,306 gt Hazar is owned by Hazar Ltd care of manager Nova Marine Carriers of Lugano. Switzerland. ISM manager is Canakkale Liman Isletmesi of Canakkale, Turkey. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Hazar Ltd.

Passenger/cargo RoRo Skjoldnæs (IMO 7925649) suffered an allision during the morning of August 15th in Søby on the Danish island of Ærøskøbing. All departures from Søby to Faaborg and Fynshav were cancelled for the rest of the week while repairs were carried out. The bow port had hit the lift tower of the shoreside ramp and the ship entered the Søby Shipyard for repairs. 1979-built, Denmark-flagged, 986 gt Skjoldnæs is owned by Ærø Kommune and managed by Ærøfaergene, both of Ærøskøbing, Denmark. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Ærøfaergene

Chemical oil products tanker Mekhanik Pogodin (IMO 9598397) was arrested at Kherson port on August 13th while carrying oil products. The Captain of the port referred to Article 91 of the Merchant Shipping Code and a letter from the State Border Service of Ukraine, and banned the vessel’s departure. Sailors on board were provided with food, water and medicines. 2011-built, Russia-flagged, 4,373 gt Mekhanik Pogodin is owned by VEB-Leasing OJSC of Moscow, Russia, and managed by VF Tanker Ltd of Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of VF Tanker.

The Raysut Cement Company has announced the constructive total loss of the cement carrier Raysut II (IMO 8317332) in the wake of Cyclone Mekunu on May 25th. The vessel is owned by Raybulk Navigation Inc, a subsidiary of Raysut Cement. The vessel ran aground at Fazayah beach, 18nm west of Salalah Port Dhofar province, Oman, during a storm. The group said it expected to receive US$10.7m against insurance for loss of ship and various cyclone Mekunu claims. 1984-built, Panama-flagged, 10,880 gt Raysut II is owned by Raysea Navigation SA care of manager Raysut Cement Co of Dhofar, Oman. ISM manager is Seven Seas Shipping & Trading of Cairo, Egypt. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of Raybulk Navigation Inc.

A second attempt to refloat general cargo ship Umiavut (MO 8801591), which had been grounded, on Lake St Pierre, St Lawrence River, Canada,  since August 12th, was successful. Three tugs refloated the ship on August 16th and she was docked at the port of Trois-Rivères that afternoon. Some 100 tons of empty containers had to be taken off and ballast water was pumped out prior to refloating. The cargo ship was inspected before proceeding to the port of Trois-Rivières, where it will undergo another inspection before heading to Valleyfield. At the time of the accident, the ship had only empty containers on board. A rudder failure was thought to have caused the accident.