Marine accident round-up : 22nd June 2018

2017-built, Singapore-flagged, 153,153 gt 15,262 teu containership Maersk Honam (IMO 9784271), which caught fire in the Arabian Sea on March 6th, causing five crew to lose their lives, left the port of Jebel Ali on June 18th at 07:50 and headed to Dubai for further inspections and repairs. She berthed at Dubai Dry Dock the same day at 13:00.

General cargo ship Lady Bo (IMO 8212350) suffered an engine failure on the afternoon of June 15th, losing control while approaching the western coast of the Bosphorus Strait and causing fears that she might run into the embankment and buildings. The ship was transiting the strait in northern direction, en route from Istanbul to Novorossiysk, at the time. A tug took the ship in tow and pulled her to Buyukdere Anchorage, where she was moored. 1984-built, panama-flagged, 4,294 gt Lady Bo is owed by AZ-UL Global Petroleum of the Marshall Islands. Manager is Shipstar Shipping Services of Delaware, USA.

General cargo ship HTK Energy (IMO 9430466) ran aground on artificial reefs in the Sarangani Bay near Mindanao island, Philippines, on June 18th, shortly after leaving General Santos Port. She was refloated the same day and was taken to port, but the vessel damaged some 100 square metres of reef, so she will have to remain in port until an assessment of the reef damage has been completed. The assistant superintendent of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape later said that substantial damage was found as a result of the grounding of the vessel. Local authorities  said that the cost of the damage could amount to about $13,000. The Sarangani Bay’s Protected Area Management Board will convene to assess further the damage and possibly impose sanctions on the vessel. The board will determine whether there is a need to temporarily detain the vessel pending the resolution of the case. The vessel was on its way to Makar port when it hit the artificial reefs. 2007-built, Vietnam-flagged, 2,998 gt HTK Energy is owned and managed by HTK Shipping & Import-Export of Haiphong City, Vietnam.

Containership Marja (IMO 9113721) became disabled due to a mechanical failure around noon on June 20th in the North Sea, while en route from Immingham to Rotterdam. A tug was deployed to assist and Marja was pulled to Rotterdam, where she moored early on June 21st. 1995-built, Netherlands-flagged, 3,999 gt Marja is owned by Maaike BV care of manager Holwerda Shipmanagement BV of Heerenveen, Netherlands. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Noord Nederlandsche P&I Club.

The fire on self-discharging bulk carrier Iron Chieftain (IMO 9047740) in Port Kembla has proved difficult to shut down, although it has now been controlled. Fire & Rescue NSW said that the vessel was structurally safe. Oil booms have been laid out, but no fuel or oil leakage has been observed. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority will inspect the ship when it is safe to board. 1993-built, Australia-flagged, 34,422 gt Iron Chieftain is owned and managed by CSL Australia PTY Ltd of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is entered with Standard Club (UK & Americas Division) on behalf of CSL Australia Pty Ltd.