Marine accident round-up : 20th November 2018

Cargo ship MSC Katyayni (IMO 9110389), which was operating between Piraeus, Greece and Yilport Port in Izmit, Turkey, allided with the dock of the Turkish port at the Yilport Gebze Terminal during a berthing manoeuvre on just after dawn on November 19th. A fuel tank was damaged and oil leaked into the port basin. Mare Deniz Temizliği teams surrounded the vessel with oil barriers to keep the oil from spreading to the bay in the Dilovası district of Kocaeli. A surveillance aircraft was deployed to monitor the situation. Basin 2 of Yılport Port was also boomed off. Tugs Med XXVI and Efesan Port were assisting in the operation. 1996-built, Panama-flagged, 64,054 gt MSC Katyayni is owned by Lerol Maritime Ltd care of Zodiac Maritime Ltd of London, UK. ISM manager is MSC shipmanagement of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team 3) on behalf of Lerol Maritime ltd.

Sheerleg Rambiz was heading towards Hanøytangen to join the Gulliver in the salvage of stricken Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad. The two cranes combined have a lifting capacity of 7.3 tonnes. Gulliver arrived at Hanøytangen during the morning of November 18th. Rambiz is scheduled to arrive on Hjeltefjorden on November 21st. The plan was to gradually lift the €400m vessel and transfer it to a submersible barge. Helge Ingstad weighs more than 5,000 tonnes. Helge Ingstad lies, full of water, with her bow down to the sandy bottom at a depth of about 20 metres. It has a point of contact on the starboard side and stands slightly unstable with starboard propellant and rudder down in sand. The Coastal Administration has now said that the ship’s fuel stock is 460 tonnes, a greater amount than was initially assumed. The vessel’s slight instability will further complicate any attempt at reflotation.

Sheerleg Gulliver (IMO 9774094) was deployed from Eemshaven t during the afternoon of November 15th. The crane docked at Hanøytangen outside Bergen on Sunday morning. A barge and a tug belonging to salvor Boa Management were already in place. 2018-built, Luxembourg-flagged, 15,327 gt Gulliver is owned by Normalux Maritime SA care of manager Scaldis Salvage & Marine Contractors NV (Van Seumeren Scaldis) of Antwerp, Belgium. Equasis records it as entered with Shipowners’ P&I Club.

A fuel spill was detected from tanker Kapitan Ponikarovskiy (IMO 7636614) during a routine inspection in the port of St Petersburg on November 14th. Booms were deployed around the area of the spillage and the crew of the tanker, along with an emergency oil clearance response team, collected oily-water pollution from the waters around the tanker. Port State Control inspectors were sent to the vessel to establish the cause of the spill. 1979-built, Russia-flagged, 5,083 gt Kapitan Ponikarovskiy is owned and managed by Kontur-SPB of St Petersburg, Russia.

Local authorities were reporting to be seeking compensation from the insurers of Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co, the owner of bulk carrier Erna Oldendorff (IMO 9717670). The vessel allided with Oshima Bridge shortly after midnight on October 22nd. On November 9th the captain was fined the equivalent of $4,400 for the damage. Oshima Bridge remained open to traffic but a broken water pipe under the bridge left thousands of islanders without a water supply. TV and internet cables were also damaged. The compensation requested is for the repair of the damaged bridge and water pipes and is estimated at about $25m. The ship berthed at the Chengxi Shipyard Co. in Jiangyin on November 7th. 2016-built, Malta-flagged, 25,431 gt Erna Oldendorff is owned and managed by Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co of Lübeck, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co.

The Canadian Coast Guard received a distress call from Panama-flagged M/V Centennial Harmony, reporting that she was in need of assistance approximately 90nm from the Hibernia offshore oil platform off the coast of St. John’s. Centennial Harmony was reported to be taking on water and losing power. The Coast Guard tasked the CCGS Grenfell while the JRCC sent vessels and assets to assistance.

It was later reported that with the assistance of the coast guard she had managed to restore power and was no longer in need of assistance. The ship is listed as part of the fleet of Netherlands-based K Centennial Maritime BV, owned by Japanese Meiji Shipping, according to VesselsValue data.

Cargo ship Aria Vibe (9004504) suffered a fire in the cargo hold at the Kishon terminal in the port of Haifa on the evening of November 13th, while carrying steel in bulk as cargo. A tug assisted in firefighting operations. The cargo hold was flooded with CO2 and the fire was brought under control by fire brigades and crew members. The extent of damage to the vessel was not yet known. The next assessment of the situation was scheduled to be held on November 18th. No pollution or injuries were reported. 1992-built, Panama-flagged, 6,030 gt Aria Vibe is owned by Med Services Co Shpk care of manager San Nikolla Shipmanagement SA of Piraeus, Athens, Greece. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of San Nikolla Shipmanagement SA.