Marine accident round-up : 20th November 2019

A tugboat was semii-submerged after alliding with the Old Bonner Bridge in Oregon Inlet in North Carolina on Sunday, the US Coast Guard has said. All eight people aboard the tug Miss Bonnie reached shore safely without injury. No pollution has been reported. The Coast Guard responded to the allision on Sunday afternoon after it received the report of the allision from a good Samaritan at approximately 11:09. The semi-submerged tug is currently leaning up against the bridge. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Goa Chief Minster Pramod Sawant said on Nov 18 that a formal order authorising a Dutch based company to salvage the Nu Shi Nalini would be issued on November 19th by the Mormugao Port Trust. The firm would be directed to unload the naphtha as well as salvage the tanker itself.

Tankship Moinos, (MMSI 211520250) veered off the fairway on the Rhine at the Murg conjunction during the morning of November 17th, allegedly the result of navigational error. The vessel was en route from Karlsruhe to Birsfelden and was loaded with 2.000 tons gas oil. The stern allided with a number of fairway buoys in the estuary of the Murg. One of the mooring chains became entangled in the propeller, completely disabling the vessel and causing it to run aground. On November 18th a diver started to survey the hull and propulsion unit there.

The death of a passenger on board the Carnival Horizon (IMO 9767091) was being investigated after she returned to Miami, Florida. The passenger died soon after falling from a balcony on the ninth deck to the fifth, just as the ship was returning to Miami on November 15th. There was panic and commotion when the man fell, as other passengers converged on the scene. The crew tried to call a trauma helicopter to airlift the victim but he died before the medevac could take place. The vessel was on the last leg of a week-long cruise to Jamaica, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands.

The salvage crews aboard capsized car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816) had removed 317,000 gallons of oil from the vessel as of November 13th. Unified Command has deployed dozens of boats and hundreds of workers, employing surface oil skimmer boats and thousands of miles of absorbent and surface barrier booms. Workers with the Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Team also applied an absorbent sphagnum moss-based spray on oiled marsh grasses. With more than 4,000 vehicles on board, the overall loss as a result of the Golden Ray disaster is thought likely to be one of the largest marine exposures this year, with the liability side thought likely to move into the International Group, while on the property side, reinsurance contracts were thought likely to be triggered. The Golden Ray capsized in the St. Simons Sound of the port of Brunswick, Georgia, early in September, and is to be disassembled in situ.

2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 71,178 gt Golden Ray is owned by GL NV24 Shipping Inc care of manager Hyundai Glovis of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is G-Marine Service Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Hyundai Glovis Co, Ltd.