Marine accident round-up : 22nd January 2020

WE Cox said that it had been instructed by cargo interests following an incident involving bulk carrier Aeolos (IMO 9228382), which suffered rudder failure, causing her to drift out of control northeast of Cape Maleas, Greece, on January 6th. The vessel was fully laden with steel cargoes being shipped from Turkey to Argentina when she encountered difficulties. Professional Salvors have been instructed under LOF terms and Vessel Owners have declared General Average. The Vessel is currently anchored in Greece awaiting inspection. WE Cox said that it  had retained experts to attend on board and was in discussion with Vessel Owners P&I, Salvors Representatives and GA Adjusters. 2001-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 19,882 gt Aeolos is owned by Onirato Navigation Ltd care of manager Alexandria Shipping Hellas SA of Athens, Greece.

A crew member, reported by local media to be the master, of car carrier Grande Colonia (IMO 9318527) was medevaced by a Salvamento Maritimo helicopter during the morning January 18th from Valencia anchorage, Spain, and transferred to hospital. Grande Colonia had arrived from Civitavecchia, Italy, and had been for four or five days. 2007-built, Italy-flagged, 38,651 gt Grande Colonia is owned by Grimaldi Deep Sea SpA and managed by Grimaldi Group SpA, of Naples, Italy. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Grimaldi Deep Sea SpA.

The Mayor of Bolinao in Pangasinan, Philippines, said on January 18th that he was still waiting for the assessment of the damage done to coral reefs as a result of the grounding of chemical/oil products tanker Chemitec (IMO 9446257) on December 9th last year. The assessment will determine the penalty that will be imposed to the owner of the vessel. He said that the shipping company had already sent a letter of guarantee that their insurance company would cover the rehabilitation cost of the damaged area. Chemitec (IMO 9446257) ran aground off the Pangasinan province coast in Western Luzon, Philippines, while loaded with 15,471 tons of petroleum. The ship was en route from Guangzhou to Ningbo when it got stuck. The grounding was caused by an engine failure. 2008-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 11,103 gt Chemitec is owned by Uprise Shipping Ltd care of manager Shanghai Shipping Co Ltd of Shanghai, China. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Uprise Shipping Ltd.

Tankship Nu-Shi Nalini (IMO 9619608) has been sold through an auction to Global Tankers FZE for INR135m ($1.9m). The auction was ordered by the Mumbai High Court on January 3rd to pay the expenses incurred by the Samson Maritime Ltd for towing the vessel from Kerala to Goa for the removal of the naphtha cargo and the general salvage operations. The ship remained anchored at Mormugao Port Trust until Global Tankers FZE paid the amounts due. The MPT was also in the process to calculate the expenditure incurred to date, which will be submitted to the court for recovery from the sale amount. Insurance and Surveyors and Loss Assessors Private Ltd, appointed by the court, had valued the tanker at INR133m, including costs of towage. The ship was expected to be scrapped. Global Tankers has paid INR20m and has to pay the balance by January 24th. 2012-built, India-flagged, 11,246 gt Nu Shi Nalini is owned by Arya A Ship Charterers Pvt Ltd care of manager Elektrans Shipping Pvt Ltd of Mumbai, India. It is entered with Hydor SA.