Marine accident round-up : 22nd February 2023

General cargo ship (heavy lift) Happy Diamond (IMO 9551947) suffered minor damage to its ballast tank after running aground on a shoal off Mawson Station, Antarctica, and was now reported to be returning to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The grounding was understood to have taken place on February 18th, but the vessel was refloated after about an hour. Earlier the ship had resupplied Australia’s Casey and Davis stations in Antarctica.

2011-built, Netherlands-flagged, 14,784 gt Happy Diamond is owned By Rederij happy Diamond care of manager Spliethoff’s Bevrachtingskantoor BV of Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is entered with NorthStandard (was Standard Offshrore Division) on behalf of Rederij Happy Diamond. No AIS since December 27th 2022, when the vessel was en route from Davis Station to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, ETA February 27th.

Cargo ship Sea Eagle (IMO 8410380) which sank at Limak Port in Iskenderun, Turkey on September 18th 2022, was refloated by a salvage team as by January 2nd 2023, arrived at Aliaga and entered a scrapyard upon completion of formalities. The Environmental recycling process permission was issued from the local authority. The vessel status changed from live to dead from the flag state authority as of February 9th.

1984-built, Togo-flagged, 3,120 gt Sea Eagle is owned by IBN Battuta Maritime Ltd care of manager Sea Scanner Logistics for Shipping SAE of Damietta, Egypt. Last AIS in September 2022, when the vessel was moored at Iskenderun.

Belgian fishing vessel Sylvia Mary (IMO 9150729) went aground on rocks off Penzance and began taking on water on February 14th, forcing its four crewmembers to call for help and abandon ship. The beam trawler (IMO 9150729) was thought to have struck bottom off the coast of Porthgwarra, Cornwall. The crew made a distress call to HM Coastguard, which activated the RNLI lifeboat crew at Sennen Cove to respond, along with helicopters from the Coastguard and the Royal Navy. Two other Belgian trawlers, the Grietje and the Albert Bos, were in the vicinity, standing by. Observing the state of the trawler, the lifeboat’s coxswain advised the stricken vessel’s crew to abandon ship into their liferaft. The crew abandoned ship successfully, but the RNLI lifeboat could not approach closer because the trawler’s beams were deployed. Instead, the RNLI crew launched their small dinghy to retrieve the survivors from the inflatable liferaft.

1997-built, Belgium-flagged, 138 gt Sylvia-Mary is owned and managed by Thor NV of Knokke-Heist, Belgium. No AIS since February 14th, when the vessel was off Porthgwarra.