Marine accident round-up : 20th May 2020

A crew member of bulk carrier Olita (IMO 9762845) was seriously injured on May 18th and had to be medevaced from the ship while she was 9km off Calais, en route from Terneuzen to Dunkirk. The CROSS Gris-Nez was notified by the port of Dunkirk that a 64 year old man had suffered a serious injury to his hand. An immediate evacuation of the injured sailor was decided. The victim was hoisted on board the helicopter about an hour after the emergency request, and was then flown to hospital. 2017-built, Norway-flagged, 34,164 gt Olita is owned by UM Bulk AS care of manager Ugland Marine Services AS of Grimstad, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of UM Bulk AS.

General cargo ship Rimini (IMO 9421635) allided with a gate of the Kiel Canal locks in Brunsbüttel during the night of May 17th. she could not be stopped in time when entering the chamber of the small northern lock for the eastbound canal transit. Both the vessel and the gate suffered damage, and the gate became inoperable. The ship berthed in the canal port of Brunsbüttel on May 18th. The damage was estimated at a minimum of €500,000. 2008-built, Netherlands-flagged, 1,862 gt Rimini is owned by Rimini care of manager Amasus Shipping BV of Delfzijl, Netherlands. ISM manager is Shipowners Support BV of Farmsum, Netherlands. It is entered with Standard Club (London Class) on behalf of Noord Nederlandsche P & I Club

Malta and Italy are in disagreement as to where some 70 migrants, picked up at sea by fishing vessel Tremar (IMO 7916947), should be disembarked. The migrants were picked up close to Lampedusa, Italy during the morning of May 17th, in the SAR zone of Malta. The rescue was coordinated by the Maltese rescue and coordination centre. In line with international conventions, the vessel was directed to disembark the migrants at the closest, safest port , which was Lampedusa. The vessel was one of three private vessels commissioned by the Maltese government to carry out rescues. While the ship was between Malta and Lampedusa on May 14th its transponder has been switched off. Malta and Italy have closed their ports to migrant disembarkations as a result of the Covid-19 emergency. The Maltese government insists that it would not disembark migrants until an EU relocation mechanism has been put in place. 1980-built, Malta-flagged, 170 gt Tremar is owned and managed by Stella Del Mare Ltd of Marsaxlokk, Malta.

An accident aboard crane ship Seaway Strashnov (IMO 9452701) on May 8th resulted in five injuries. The vessel is involved in a foundation installation at the 860MW Triton Knoll project, some 20 miles off the coast of Lincolnshire, England. The accident was the result of the transition piece lifting gear aboard the Seaway Strashnov not being fully detached from one of the foundations. As the vessel was moving away, the transition piece heeled and collided with the vessel. All five injured were airlifted to hospital for assessment and treatment. Three were discharged on May 9th and a fourth left hospital a few days later. One person continues to recover in hospital. The vessel and its crew have returned to the port of Rotterdam where she berthed on May 10th. An investigation is underway.

2011-built, Cyprus-flagged, 47,246 gt Seaway Strashnov is owned by Seaway Vessels BV care of manager Seaway Heavy Lifting Engineering BV of Zoetermeer, Netherlands. ISM manager is SHL Offshore Contractors BV of Zoetermeer, Netherlands. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Offshore Division) on behalf of Seaway Vessels BV.