Marine accident round-up : 20th November 2020

A crew member of passenger ferry ship Island Home (IMO 9410478) tested positive for Covid-19 on November 15th. He had last worked on the Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven ferry on the afternoon watch of November 11th. which ended with the vessel’s 12:45pm arrival in Woods Hole the following day. Prior to reporting for work on November 15th he reported experiencing flu-like symptoms and underwent a rapid test for Covid-19, the results of which were positive. He was unlikely to have any prolonged exposure with any member of the public during the work hours. The Authority started notifying vessel employees who were in close contact with the affected man and directing them to be tested for Covid-19. Those employees will not be allowed to return to work until after they receive a negative test result or are cleared to work by a medical professional. No operational changes or interruptions are anticipated as a result of this incident.

2007-built, USA-flagged, 4,311 gt Island Home is owned and managed by Woods Hole Martha’s Vineyard of Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

After three crew members from cargo ship Fesco Askold (IMO 9324942) tested positive for Covid-19 in Pago-Pago, the ship was sent out of harbour for a few days before being cleared and brought back into dock. However because work normally done by local stevedores was to be handled by the vessel’s crew, the process was taking longer than usual. The vessel was likely to be in port for a week. All precautions had been taken to prevent any spread of the coronavirus from the infected crew members. The three were isolated in their cabins while the vessel was in port and their temperatures were taken at least once a day. There were concerns the ship might leave without discharging its cargo and picking up tuna exports from StarKist Samoa for the US which would have resulted in economic difficulties for the territory and could have meant that food was in short supply as the holidays approached. The crew of the Fesco Askold was off-loading containers and placing them in an area of the dock where they were decontaminated by the Island Safety and Sanitation company. The 11 employees of the Department of Health and Port Administration who had contact with the infected crew members on its initial visit remained at the quarantine centre in Tafuna and all were reported to be well and showing no symptoms of Covid-19.

2006-built, Cyprus-flagged, 9,957 gt Fesco Askold is owned by Astro-Moon Shipping Co care of Far-Eastern Shipping Co (Fesco) of Moscow, Russia. It is entered with West of England Club on behalf of Astro-MoonShipping Co Ltd.

Maritime New Zealand said that it was investigating an incident in which a crew member of container ship Rio de la Plata (IMO 9357951) suffered serious injuries at P Timaru on Nov 14, 2020, during unmooring. The ship was departing the port en route to Lyttelton. The man was taken to hospital for treatment. Maritime NZ started interviewing the people involved, conducting a scene examination and checking documents as part of the investigation process. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission was also investigating.

2008-built, Singapore-flagged, 73,899 gt Rio De La Plata is owned by Moller Singapore of Singapore. It is managed by Columbus Shipmanagement of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is Maersk AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Standard Club (European Division) on behalf of AP Moller Singapore.

Boxship Skogafoss (IMO 9375252) had a bottom touch and allided with the buoy KA2.2 while approaching the dock in St. Anthony, Canadian East Coast, shortly before noon on November 12th. The vessel manoeuvred out of the harbour following the incident. During the following morning a diver inspected the vessel and noted that a number of the controllable pitch propeller blades were damaged and oil was leaking from the stern area. The vessel went to the emergency anchorage. On November 17th it berthed in St. Anthony.

2007-built, Antigua and Barbuda-flagged, 7,545 gt Skogafoss

Is owned by Feederstar GmbH care of manager Peter Doehle Schiffahrts KG. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Hamburg) on behalf of Ernst Russ Maritime Management.