Marine accident round-up : 21st May 2021

Offshore support vessel Boa Deep C (IMO 9265342) has been moored off the coast of Songkhla, Thailand, with six crew members reportedly infected with Covid-19. The vessel dropped anchor near Ko Nu Island on May 12th and was awaiting further instructions. There were 29 crew members on board when the ship set sail on May 1st from Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India. The vessel docked at port in Singapore on May 11th for a stopover before travelling on to Songkhla. Port of Songkhla officials inspected the ship’s documents and administered Covid-19 swab tests to all people on board. The ship was originally cleared to travel on to Chon Buri and departed at 17:00. However, around 22:00 the test results came back and revealed that two crew members from Ukraine, two from Poland, one from Russia, and one from India had tested positive for Covid-19. The ship was immediately ordered to return to Songkhla port by the local marine office, where it arrived the next day. The ship was informed that travelling to any other seaport in Thailand or a nearby oil platforms was strictly prohibited for any crew member. A field hospital was established on board the ship to isolate and begin treatment of the six Covid-19 infected crew members. None were reported to be suffering from severe symptoms. The maritime enforcement centre has dispatched patrol boats to observe the waters around the vessel and make sure that nobody leaves the ship and that nobody is allowed on board. The ship, however, is free to return to its country of origin at any time, provided they inform Thai officials first. As of May 20th the vessel remained at anchor.

On May 19th bulk carrier Denali (IMO 9438016) suffered a mechanical failure during  cyclone Tauktae and went adrift. The ship managed to drop anchor off Tarapur (Maharashtra). The crew was reportedly safe.

2009-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 30,669 gt Denali is owned and managed by Denali Shipping LP of Majuro, Marshall islands. ISM manager is Technomar Shipping Inc-Lib of Athens, Greece. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Denali Shipping LP.

General cargo ship Samarpan (IMO 9109835) though disabled and adrift, has been  reported as safe by the Indian coast guard, and was under constant monitoring by the ICG, understood to be waiting for tug off Veraval, Gujarat.

1995-built, India-flagged, 1,874 gt Samarpan is owned and managed by Global Maritime Services of Mumbai, India.