Marine accident round-up : 20th February 2019

The repair period for containership Olga Maersk (IMO 9251614), which caught fire last month, has been extended until February 23rd. “Given the vessel repair is completed by that date, Olga Maersk will be 8 to 9 days behind schedule and therefore overtaken by MV ‘Spirit of Sydney’ Voy. 907S,” Hapag-Lloyd announced. The two boxships will be switching their positions on the Australia/New Zealand service via Panama (ANP). Once repaired, Olga Maersk will call at Manzanillo, Panama / Cartagena, Colombia / Manzanillo, Panama to load all the dry cargo left from weeks 7 and 8, 2019. A fire broke out in the engine room of Olga Maersk (IMO 9251614) on January 29th while the vessel was en route from Panama to Cartagena, Colombia. All crew on board the vessel were safe. Following the incident, the vessel returned to Colon for repairs. 2003-built, Denmark-flagged, 34,202 gt Olga Maersk is owned and managed by Maersk Line AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Britannia Club on behalf of Maersk Line AS. Claims leader for H&M is Gard AS.

Cargo ship Taj (IMO 9010060) left Saint Malo, France, on February 15th. The vessel had been detained at the wharf until repairs were made. The ship had problems with corrosion and several incidences of non-conformity to international regulations. Apparently the problems had been aggravated by a storm in the Bay of Biscay, where she lost a mast equipped with a radar and a radio antenna. The vessel was allowed to sail after joint endorsement of a classification society, approved by the flag State and the ship safety centre. It had on board a crew of 20, Syrians, Indians and Egyptians with a Syrian captain. 1991-built, Panama-flagged, 7,090 gt Taj is owned by Taj Star SA care of manager HMK Denizcilik Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd Sti of Mersin, Turkey.

Cargo ship Fehn Lyra (IMO 9374741) ran aground in bad weather early in the morning on February 16th in the Black Sea in the Kandıra district of Kocaeli. The ship was en route from Eregli to Tuzla at the time. The crew of eight was evacuated by a Turkish rescue team. Attempts to refloat were awaiting an improvement in the weather. The vessel remained stuck off Kandira on February 18th. A Coastal Safety tug and a technical team attended the incident scene to provide further assistance. No leaks and pollution were reported. The incident scene has been declared as a restricted zone for all types of marine traffic. Salvage operations have not yet recommenced after a first salvage attempt failed. The rope of a tug which had been deployed from Ereğli broke twice during the attempt to pull the ship to deeper waters, as it is currently only 150 metres off shore.

2010-built, Latvia-flagged, 2,967 gt Fehn Lyra is owned by Fehn Lyra Fehn Schiffarts GmbH care of Fehn Ship Management GmbH & Co KG of Leer (Ostfriesland), Germany. It is entered with Hanseatic

Freezer trawler Pesca Vaqueiro (IMO 8521335) was in collision with Chinese vessel Zhongyuanyu 11 early on February 15th. A rescue operation at the maritime boundary of Argentina – known as mile 201, northwest of the Falklands – was undertaken. The crew of the Chinese ship had to be rescued as the vessel was sinking. The Pesca Vaqueiro alerted the rest of the Galician fleet in the area and rescued about 30 sailors of the Chinese ship. The rest were taken aboard the Iván Nores and all were taken to Montevideo. There were reports that some of the vessels involved had turned off their AIS. 1988-built, Spain-flagged, 1,819 gt Pesca Vaqueiro is owned and managed by Baquero Pesca SA of Madrid, Spain. It is entered with British Marine.

Fishing vessel Shaulora – BF 794 (IMO: 3162112) ran aground in the Tyne Harbour during the morning Of February 16th. The Tynemouth RNLI was called before dawn. The 87 gt vessel was stuck was inside the south Tyne pier where it had run aground after losing steering control. It was confirmed with the skipper that the vessel, with a crew of four, was not badly damaged or taking on water. A tow rope was attached and the lifeboat pulled her away from the pier. Northumbria Police officers were at the scene and met the fishermen as they returned to shore.

A short time after FGS Bayern berthed in Tirpitz Port, Kiel on February 16th a fire alert was activated shortly after midday, following smoke development on board. It transpired that cables of a pump had caught fire. Although fire services were called, the crew managed to put out the fire. The fire fighters assisted in ventilating the rooms. Bayern had just returned from manoeuvres off Norway.