Marine accident round-up : 21st May 2019

General cargo ship Industrial Charger (IMO 9213959) allided with a pier while arriving at the port of Takoradi, Ghana, on May 1st. She also came in contact with pipe layer Seven Pacific (IMO 9518311). Portuguese and UK accident investigation teams were evaluating and analysing the incident, which did not result in any injuries or pollution. The vessel left Takoradi on May 15th and was moored off the port. Seven Pacific left the port on May 5th, and berthed in Mindelo, Cape Verde, on May 11th, heading to the Bahamas the next day.

2010-built, Isle of Man-flagged, 12,084 gt Seven Pacific is owned by Subsea 7 Shipping Ltd of Douglas, Isle of Man, and managed by Subsea 7 International Contracting Ltd of Westhill, UK. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Offshore) on behalf of Subsea 7 Shipping Ltd.

2000-built, Portugal-flagged, 7,252 gt Industrial Charger is owned by Charger Interscan UG care of manager Interscan Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH of Hamburg, Germany.

Two people suffered minor injuries during the morning of May 16th after a small fire broke out on deck 1 of cruise ship American Constellation (IMO 9838333) in the Thea Foss Waterway, Washington State. The Tacoma Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire promptly. It took several hours to ventilate the smoke. The cause of the fire was under investigation. The cruise ship had sailed from Port Townsend on May 15th and berthed in Tacoma shortly after midnight on May 16th. 2017-built, USA-flagged, 4,057 gt American Constellation is owned and managed by American Cruise Lines Inc of Guilford, Connecticut, USA.

During salt loading operations at Puerto Patillos, Greece, on May 16th a conveyor belt collapsed onto bulker Leonidas (IMO 9696474). One worker suffered minor injuries. The port authorities were discussing with the conveyor operator how to remove the debris and free the ship in as safe and prompt a manner as possible. The damage to the ship had not yet been fully assessed. There was no reported environmental damage reported. Leonidas had arrived from Puerto Quetzal on May 15th. 2017-built, Malta-flagged, 36,300 gt Leonidas is owned by Leto Maritime Ltd care of manager Lavinia Corp of Athens, Greece. ISM manager is Laskardis Shipping Co Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK Club.

Passenger ship Ocean Dragon 6 (IMO 9859492) ran aground on the coast of Ngenang island, Riau Islands, in the South China Sea during the evening of May 16th. The ferry was en route from Tanjung Pinang, the capital of the Riau islands province, to Batam island in the Singapore Strait. The hull was breached, and the ship suffered flooding. The passengers were transferred onto ferry Ocean Dragon 9. 2018-built, Indonesia-flagged, 152 gt Ocean Dragon 6 is owned and managed by Prima Tan Berjaya of Batam, Indonesia.

More than four months after a coal barge pushed by tug Debbie Graham, struck the Clark Memorial Bridge, sending cargo into the Ohio River, the last remaining coal barge stuck at the McAlpine Dam has been freed, the US Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District announced on May 15th. During the evening of December 25th 2018, as the tug pushed 15 loaded coal barges upstream, one barge hit the Clark Memorial Bridge, causing the barges to break free and float downriver to the dam. Six were recovered soon after the collision, while the others either sunk or remained afloat at the dam. The barge recovery effort began in January and was delayed at least three times because of heavy rains and hazardous weather. Paducah-based Tennessee Valley Towing, which owns the Debbie Graham, hired two companies to salvage the barges. The barges typically each held between 1,500 and 1,750 tons of coal.