Marine accident round-up : 21st November 2019

An explosion occurred aboard bulk carrier Cape India (IMO 9654804) during the afternoon of November 11th while she was under way off the coast of East Kalimantan, (Indonesia. The incident claimed the life of one crew member, a Chinese national. The command centre for Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency in Basarnas received a request for assistance from the vessel, reporting the explosion and requesting medical evacuation. On November 12th at 04:00 a joint response team of Basarnas personnel, military servicemembers and health care providers got under way to rendezvous with the Cape India. At 05:40 the victim was dropped off to the responders’ rescue launch using a rope, and the team got under way for the return trip to Balikpapan. During the return voyage, the team determined that the victim had been deceased for some time. Basarnas has identified the victim as the Chinese national He Fengzhi, 26. The bulk carrier continued on its way from Dampier to Hua Shan, with an ETA of November 17th. 2014-built, Singapore-flagged, 99,195 gt Cape India is owned and managed U-Ming Marine Transport-SNG of Singapore. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Eastern Division) on behalf of U-Ming marine Transport (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

Vehicles carrier Asian Emperor (IMO 9176632) collided with tug RAM Chango on during the evening of November 17th during docking manoeuvres at the DPN World Terminal in the San Antonio Port, Chile. The vehicle carrier suffered a hole in her hull, with ensuing water ingress to the engine room. The damages were minor and were being repaired in port. 1999-built, South Korea-flagged, 55,729 gt Asian Emperor is owned and managed by Eukor Car Carriers Inc of Seoul, South Korea. It is managed by Wilhelmsen Ship management Korea Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Team Hong Kong) on behalf of Eukor Car Carriers Inc.

LPG tanker Echo Star (IMO 9134294) has been seized in Singapore at the request of the Blue Fleet Group. Collision claims files with the High Court of Singapore by the company has led to the arrest of the vessel. Court records indicated that the claim was filed in connection to damage caused to the Royal Arsenal while the vessel was trading as Gas Infinity for the sanctioned Chinese shipowner KunLun Shipping. Echo Star was crossing the Singapore Strait and was understood to have been seized in Singapore in a laden condition. 1997-built, Belize-flagged, 44,652 gt Echo Star is owned and managed by Cepheus Ltd of Monrovia, Liberia.

Chemical/oil products tanker Port Stanley (IMO 9246463) was reported as being seized on November 1st by the Singapore Supreme Court on behalf of SK Shipping, which was reported to be seeking restitution for collision damage caused to its tanker C. Spirit (IMO: 9643269). On November 19th the ship remained stationary at its mooring on the Singapore South Anchorage. 2003-built, Marshal Islands flagged, 29,998 gt Port Stanley is owned by Novellas St Pauli care of manager Stella marine Services GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is V Ships Germany GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with West of England (European claims team) on behalf of Novellas MT “St.Pauli” GmbH & Co KG.