Marine accident round-up : 22nd February 2019

Five Filipino fishermen were missing after 998 gt fishing vessel Jun Rong caught fire in the South Atlantic on February 11th, some 60 miles north of the Stanley, the Falklands. there were 69 people on board when the incident occurred and 64 were rescued with the assistance of nearby vessels. The rescued fishermen were taken to Montevideo and Jun Rong Fishery said that it would arrange for each of the workers to be repatriated. The 69 crew members included four Taiwanese, 22 Filipinos, 28 Indonesians, nine Vietnamese, one Burmese and one Chinese national. cause of the fire was still unclear. The SAR mission for the missing five Filipinos was continuing.

Weather at the site of sunken Norwegian navy frigate Helge Ingstad had settled by February 19th but the sustained forecast was not sufficiently good for lifting operations to commence. Work on reducing risks in all parts of the operation continued pending stable weather periods.

Tug Wilfred M. Cohen (IMO 7629271) was disabled in the Rivière Ste-Marie off Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, on February 1st with a crew of seven on board due to a steering gear failure. The vessel was towed to port by another tug. 1948-built, Canada-flagged, 284 gt Wilfred M Cohen is owned and managed by Purvis Marine of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club.

General cargo ship Avoca (IMO 9184421) suffered problems with the turbo charger, and her speed was limited to five knots on February 18th. The vessel had with a crew of seven on board  and had sailed with a cargo of 2,961 tons of bentonite on board from Carteya Guadarranque. She was being escorted by French emergency tug Abeille Languedoc with an ETA at Guinness Wharf of February 19th. As of February 20th she was near Grimsby in the Humber estuary. 2000-built, Portugal-flagged, 2,469 gt Avoca is owned by Ocean Prt Ltd care of manager COG Offshore AS of Karmsund, Norwa. It is entered with Hydor AS.

Chemical/Oil Products Tanker Selasse (IMO 9405320) became disabled on Lake Saint-Pierre off Yamachiche, Quebec late on February 10th after her main engine overheated. The cause was the sea water system becoming blocked by ice. The vessel anchored, took on ballast water, and the crew made adjustments to the cooling water systems. The vessel proceeded to Trois-Rivieres Harbour for repairs. 2008-built, Gibraltar-flagged 7.776 gt Selasse is owned by Lasse Shipping CV care of manager South End Tanker Management BV of Dordrecht, Netherlands. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Oslo 1)on behalf of South End Tanker Management BV

Buoy/lighthouse vessel Griffon (IMO 7022887) suffered a fire in her port side main engine on Lake Erie off Nanticoke during the morning of February 8th. The ship had a crew of 39 on board. The fire was extinguished, and the vessel resumed its voyage with the starboard side engine. No other damage was reported and there were no injuries. 1970-built, Canada-flagged, 2,212 gt Griffon is owned and managed by the Canada Coast Guard of Ottawa, Canada.