Marine accident round-up : 22nd August 2020

Chemical tanker Ryoshin Maru (IMO 9893785) collided with Chinese general cargo ship Xin Hai 99 (IMO 8679364) at around 02:00 Tokyo time on August 20th about 2 nm off Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture, southeast Honshu, Japan. The vessels were travelling in opposite directions and the tanker’s bow struck the cargo ship in the starboard superstructure area. Its hull was breached and the engine room flooded (see video). The Xin Hai 99 developed an aft tilt and starboard list. The Xin Hai 99 was then either towed or escorted into a bay off Shinomisaki, where it was probably intentionally grounded to avoid sinking. A fuel leak was reported and the Japanese coastguard was responding in order to stop the leak causing environmental damage.

The Xin Hai 99 had been sailing with a cargo of steel from Kawasaki to Wakamatsu, while the tanker was in ballast, travelling from Kobe to Kashima. The tanker was anchored off the Wakayama coast for inspection and investigation. Its bow appeared to have sustained serious damage.

2020-built, Japan-flagged, 595 gt Ryoshin Maru is owned and managed by Rinei KK of Yorishima, Asakichi, Japan. As of August 20th the vessel was off the south-eastern Japanese coast

2008-built, Belize-flagged, 2,972 gt Xin Hai 99 is owned by LV BC care of manager Weihai Xinhai Shipping Co Ltd of Weihai, Shandong, China. As of August 18th (last available AIS) the vessel was off the south-eastern coast of Japan, en route from Kawasaki to Tobata, ETA August 22nd.

Also (slightly better view of damage to the Xin Hai 99) at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_X_J6EZAvM

Container ship Tiger Maanshan (IMO 9913559) came into with an unidentified container ship (unidentified) and subsequently unintentionally used a gantry crane to help it stop while mooring at Hai An Port, Hai Phong, Vietnam, on August 10th. Both ships sustained slight damages, although it was understood that the container ship hit by the Tiger Maanshan had left port on schedule. The gantry crane, installed in 2012, was said to have been severely damaged. As of August 20th the Tiger Maanshan was at Hai Phong anchorage.

2022-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 23,040 gt Tiger Maanshan is owned by Yangze Tiger 02 Shipping Pte care of manager Greathorse International Ship Management Co Ltd of Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai, China. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Eastern syndicate) on behalf of China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association.

Bulk carrier Maritsa (IMO 9279783) was in allision with anchored cargo ship Joy (IMO 9481465) at Westhinder Anchorage, Ostend during the afternoon of August 17th while en route from Constanta to Ghent. Both ships suffered some damage. The Maritsa initially anchored near the accident site, but then resumed its journey to Ghent shortly after midnight on August 19th. Some eight hours later it entered the sea canal locks, assisted by three tugs. The Joy, which had arrived at the anchorage on August 17th while en route from Burgas, Bulgaria to Ghent, Belgium. remained stationary as of August 20th.

2005-built, Cyprus-flagged, 40,002 gt Maritsa is owned by Marathassa Shipping Corp care of Safe Bulkers Management Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Marathassa Shipping Corp.

A Chinese crew member of bulk carrier Cosco Wuyishan (IMO 9418303) was fatally electrocuted on August 16th while the vessel was at Veracruz, Mexico. The Cosco Wuyishan had arrived at Veracruz from China on August 3rd. The 25-year-old was electrocuted while working. Apparently he accidentally touched some live wires or a live outlet. His body was taken to hospital for forensic examination. No AIS update on the vessel since July 28th.

2010-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 19,993 gt Cosco Wuyishan is owned by Wuyishan Maritime Co Ltd of Hong Kong, China. It is managed by Cosco Far-reaching Shipping Co Ltd of Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. ISM manager is Cosco Shipping Specialized of the same address. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team Hong Kong) on behalf of Wuyishan Maritime Co Ltd.

General cargo ship Sheksna (IMO 8876572) has been detained by the Savona, Italy, Harbour Master due to bad structural and safety conditions. The vessel had arrived on August 12th en route from Mindelo, Cape Verde, with 2,300 tons rice as cargo. A Port State Control inspection was carried out upon berthing. The Russian crew claimed to have been working unpaid since January 2022; they had asked for the help of the International Transport Federation just before the vessel arrived in Savona. The PSC, ITF and local immigration office visited upon berthing. On August 17th the vessel was shifted from the discharging berth 16 to waiting berth at breakwater quay-34. As of August 20th it remained stationary at Savona in the Gulf of Genoa, Italy.

1994-built, Cameroon-flagged, 2,052 gt Sheksna is owned by Dartija Transport Ltd care of manager Openbridge Shipping LLC of St Petersburg, Russia.