Marine accident round-up : 21st June 2021

Container ship Devon (IMO 9406843) was reported to have suffered a crack in portside fuel tank area, followed by an oil leak, on June 16th when the vessel was in the Bay of Bengal, about 260nm south-east of Chennai, India. The ship duly informed MRCC Colombo. The vessel appeared to drift for a while, then restart, but then stop again, before, by the afternoon of June 17th was under way again, en route from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Haldia, India. The vessel had 382 containers on board. The fuel in the breached tank was pumped to another tank, but about 10 tons was reported to have leaked.

2008-built, Portugal-flagged, 9,957 gt Devon is owned by Devon Beteiligungs GmbH & Co care of manager TB Marine Cont Shipmanagement GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Swedish Club (Gothenburg Team) on behalf of Devon Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG.

Refrigerated cargo ship Holmfoss (IMO 9359662) ran aground in the area of Lerstad, east of Ålesund, Norway, during the afternoon of June 17th. After a few hours and with the assistance of tugs the vessel was refloated. It was then taken to Ellingsoufjord for inspection. Apparently any damage that did occur was only cosmetic or slight, and the vessel resumed its voyage. As of June 19th it was moored at Ålesund.

2007-built, Norway-flagged, 3,538 gt Holmfoss is owned by Homfoss AS care of manager Eimskip Island EHF of Reykjavik, Iceland. It is entered with Standard Club (European Division) on behalf of MV Holmfoss AS.

General cargo ship MV Mangalam (IMO 9084619) began to sink near Revdanda Port, near Mumbai, India, on June 17th. Mumbai was alerted by phone call from the ship, which stated that the vessel had been pushed aground by a storm at Raigad district coast, south of Mumbai. The 16 crew were evacuated safely in challenging weather conditions. Apparently a mechanical failure disabled the ship, making it impossible for it to withstand the wind and waves.

1994-built, India-flagged, 1,874 gt Mangalam is owned and managed by Pragati Marine Services of Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. ISM manager is Sushe Marine Services Pvt Ltd of Kolkata, India.

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Container ship MSC Teresa (IMO 9469560) reported a fire in its engine room during the morning of June 16th when it was north of Ushant in the English Channel while en route from Sines, Portugal to Le Havre, France. The fire was brought under control and extinguished by the crew. The ship resumed sailing towards Le Havre. As of 0500 UTC Jun 17, the ship was in process of berthing at Le Havre, where as of June 19th it remained.

2011-built, Panama-flagged, 153,115 gt MSC Teresa is owned by Akela Shipping Inc care of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co of Geneva, Switzerland. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co.

Tug Alliance (IMO 9632973) which capsized off Mangalore on May 15th while returning to shore during cyclone Tauktae off Gujarat, India (IMN, May 19th 2021), was still resting on the same spot where it initially grounded. The owner company had initially made arrangements to shift it, thinking of towing the vessel to Gujarat or Mangaluru before scrapping it. Now however the owner is focusing on saving the vessel. The bunker oil, which had been the main obstacle for shifting the vessel, has already been removed by the Mohammed Qalandar team from Mangaluru. The Bilal Moideen team of Mangaluru Badriya company has been visiting Kadipatna daily to remove sand and seawater that had accumulated inside the vessel. Once a clearance certificate has been procured, the team will take the vessel either to Mangaluru or Gujarat. Because of the force of the surge, the vessel has moved closer to the shore. Reportedly the local mercantile marine department has said that it will only be able to issue a no-objection letter after the end of the monsoon season.

2012-built, India-flagged, 165 gt Alliance is owned and managed by Alliance Offshore of Gujarat, India.