Marine accident round-up : 22nd May 2019

Bulk carrier Persenk (IMO: 9578995) was in collision with the cargo ship Ahmet Can (IMO 9368182) in the Marmara Sea during the late morning of May 18th between Marmara island and the port of Tekirdag, European Turkey. Both ships, were heading towards the Dardanelles and both suffered damage. Persenik headed for Tekirdag Anchorage. Ahmet Can also dropped anchor off Tekirdag.

2010-built, Malta-flagged, 18,873 gt Persenk is owned by Persenk Maritime Ltd care of manager Navigation Maritime Bulgare of Varna, Bulgaria. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Team 1) on behalf of Persenk Maritime Ltd.

2006-built, Panama-flagged, 1,972 gt Ahmet Can is owned by Kivanc Shipping Inc care of manager Safir Gemi Tasimacilik Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd Sti of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Hanseatic.

A fire broke out aboard Passenger/Cargo RoRo Bohus (IMO 7037806) early on May 16th at the Framnes quay in Sandefjord, Norway, while the vessel was operating the Sandefjord-Strømstad route. Fire brigade and police were mobilized and the crew of 31 was evacuated by the emergency services. The fire was soon brought under control but the ship had to be ventilated. All departures were cancelled temporarily. The fire apparently had started in an auxiliary engine and spread to the engine room. 1971-built, Norway-flagged, 9,140 gt Bohus is owned by Color Line Transport AS care of manager Color Line Marine AS of Sandejfjord, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Color Line Transport AS. It is entered for H&M with Gard AS on behalf of Color Line AS.

Chemical/oil products tanker Beethoven (IMO 9535539)  allided with the jetty II of the old lock in Brunsbüttel very early on May 16th when leaving the Kiel Canal on a voyage from Antwerp to Immingham. Three pilings and the wall were damaged, while the vessel suffered scratches. The ship was moored on the North West Anchorage off Brunsbüttel. A police boat  went alongside for investigations. Initially a technical failure was thought to be behind the accident, but then the officers remarked on an alcohol smell when interrogating the captain. A test which was subsequently carried out showed a result of 2,97 per thousand alcohol. The police thereupon took a blood sample and ordered the payment of a safety fine of €2,500. They launched an investigation against the captain and the vessel was detained until a class survey and an appropriate crewing.

2009-built, Cyprus-flagged, 2,974 gt Beethoven is owned by Beethoven Tanker GmbH & Co KG care of manager GEFO of Duisberg, Germany. It is entered with Standard Club (London Class) on behalf of Beethoven Tanker GmbH.

A fire followed an explosion on crude oil tanker Kelana 4 (IMO 9178343) killing one and seriously injuring five other workers during the morning of May 15th. The accident occurred in the engine room of the tanker while it was being dismantled at Mahinur Ship Recycling yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The explosion was caused by sparks during cutting works, igniting gas and residues. The vessel was beached in late December 2018. 1999-built, Comoros-flagged 57,017 gt Kelana 4 is owned and managed by Libra Seaway Ltd-Lib of Monrovia, Liberia.