Marine accident round-up : 20th April 2021

Container ship Hai Lan Zhong Gu 9 (IMO 9754874) collided with 110-metre coastal cargo ship Haohang XXX near buoy 60 in the Shizi Channel in the upper channel of the Pearl River estuary, while sailing downstream, at around 22:00 Beijing time on April 10th, The Haohang XXX sank, but all 13 crew were rescued. The Hai Lan Zhong Gu 9 sustained what was described as minor damage and was anchored near the collision site. Salvage was reported to be under way to remove the wreck of the Haohang XXX. As of April 18th, Hai Lan Zhong Gu 9 was underway from Shanghai to Guishan with an ETA of April 20th.

2012-built, China-flagged, 19,298 Hai Lan Zhong Gu 9 is owned and managed by CMB Financial Leasing Co Ltd of Shanghai, China.

Sri Lanka lodged a claim with the Greek owners of the New Diamond (IMO 9191424) on April 9th as a result of the vessel catching fire off the island in September 2020, leaving a spill stretching 40km. The authorities said that they were now seeking compensation from Greece-based Porto Emporios Shipping Inc. The Attorney-General has forwarded a marine pollution claim for $17.38m to lawyers of the owners of the tanker, as compensation for the impact of the oil spill.

2000-built, Panama-flagged, 160,079 gt New Diamond is owned by Porto Emporios Shipping Inc care of manager New Shipping Ltd of Piraeus, Greece.

No recent AIS from the vessel. No details of any active insurance in place.

The crew of bulk carrier Heroic (IMO 9510199) was reported to have encountered several health problems in the past week, resulting in one death and one medical evacuation. The bulk carrier arrived at the anchorage of Kali Limenes, Crete, during the morning of April 18th, having arrived from Sokhna, Egypt, via the Suez Canal. While under way in the Mediterranean Sea several crew members reportedly fell ill on April 16th and 17th. The 59-year old Chief Engineer was in need of immediate medical assistance and on April 17th he was hoisted by a helicopter of the Greek Air Force and transported to the helipad of the General Hospital of Rhodes, from where an ambulance took him to the hospital. A preliminary investigation is carried out by the Central Port Authority of Rhodes. As of April 19th the vessel remained at anchor in the port of Kali Limenes.

2010-built, Greece-flagged, 93,360 gt Heroic is owned by Lemvos Ene care of manager Nereus Shipping SA of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Lemvos ENE.

The wreck removal operation of general cargo ship Streamline (IMO 8866711) from the south side of Istanbul was completed on April 15, and the vessel’s registry status changed from ‘live’ to ‘dead’. Subsequently, the incident file has been closed by Harbour Master. Streamline was a 2,447 gt vessel built in 1978.