Marine accident round-up : 22nd April 2020

The Master of Malaysian container ship Harbour Neptune (IMO 9236341) was reported missing by a shipping agent on April 19th. Another report said that the Master had been reported missing by the crew. The ship was en route from Pasir Gudang to Port Klang, Malaysia, Malacca Strait, reported The Malaysian Star. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) launched a search and rescue operation. The Master was found alive after 18 hours in the water, wearing a life jacket. What happened and how the Master fell overboard at around 22:00 local time on April 18th remained a mystery. The crew, including the Master, was said to have been locked on board since March 18th following the implementation of the movement control order (MCO). 2000-built, Malaysia-flagged, 13,245 gt Harbour Neptune is owned by Harbour-Link Lines SDN BHD care of manager Harbour-Link Marine Services Sdn Bhd , of Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Harbour Agencies Sdn Bhd.

During an unloading of chemical/oil products tanker Cap Charles (IMO 9321706) at the Terminal del Este buoy on April 19th, the vessel suffered a loss of oil. As soon as an iridescence in the water was noticed, the discharge was stopped and the prefecture personnel on board the tanker was informed. The loss was estimated at about 50 to 80 litres and came from the hose line. Navy divers and Ancap personnel worked to determine the source of the loss and proceeded  with its repair. The damage was thought to have been caused by adverse weather conditions, with strong winds and large waves. Due to the small size of the incident, the coasts were not expected to be affected. 2006-built, Greece-flagged, 81,324 gt Cap Charles is owned by Euronav NV of Antwerp, Belgium It is managed by Euronav Ship Management of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Britannia Club on behalf of Euronav NV.

Following a Singapore Supreme Court ruling on March 9th, all interested parties were invited to bid for the purchase by private treaty of fishing vessel Pelamis No.68 (IMO 8430782). The bids must be submitted in Singapore Dollars, together with a deposit of S$50,000 in a local cashier’s order made in favour of ‘The Sheriff Of Singapore’ and should be placed in a sealed envelope marked ‘Tender for Pelamis No.68’ and sent to the Sheriff’s Office, Legal Registry, Level 2, 1 Supreme Court Lane, Singapore 178879, to reach him no later than May 26th at 15:00 local time.. 1989-built, Australia-flagged, 498 gt Pelamis No. 68 is owned and managed by Pelamis 68 Ltd of Hong Kong.