Marine accident round-up : 22nd September 2022

Passenger/vehicle RoRo Nanashima (IMO 9832365) ran onto the breakwater of Nakajima Port, Nakajima island, Inner Japan Sea, at around noon Tokyo time on September 21st, with 45 passengers on board. The vessel was leaving the port at the time, bound for Matsuyama. It was refloated some two hours later and returned to port. No pollution was reported but it was unknown if there had been any damage to the ferry. As of September 21st the vessel was moored at Matsuyama, Japan.

2018-built, Japan-flagged, 765 gt Nanashima is owned and managed by Nakajima Kisen KK of Matsuyama-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan.

Tug A M Avadh (IMO 9564358) with barge A M Atulya were reported disabled and adrift during the morning of September 21st 17 nm E of Hambantota, Sri Lanka. The ship’s last AIS was dated September 16th when it was sailing south of Trincomalee in southern direction, destination unknown.

2009-built, Panama-flagged, 279 gt A M Avadh is owned and managed by Alphard Maritime Pvt Ltd of Mumbai, India. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of The Middle East Marine LLC.

During the evening of September 19th bulk carrier Paolo Topic (IMO 9726255) was reported as having to interrupt its voyage from Ashdod, Israel, to Diliskelesi, Turkey, west of Cyprus, after being ordered by Turkish Maritime Authorities to rescue some 300 illegal migrants who were on a vessel in danger of sinking. Tha Paolo Topic was the vessel nearest to the boat in distress. It reached Antalya anchorage during the evening of September 20th and presumably undertook disembarkation. As of September 21st the vessel was underway in the Aegean Sea, heading for Diliskelesi, Turkey, ETA September 23rd.

2016-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 34,905 gt Paolo Topic is owned by Famalto navigation Co care of Marfin Management SAM of Monte Carlo, Monaco. It is entered with Steamship Mutual on behalf of Famalto Navigation Co.

Superyacht Dilbar (IMO 9661792), which has been reported to be beneficially owned by a sister of Russian oligarch Alischer Usmanov, and which had been detained since early March at the Blohm + Voss Yard in Hamburg, was due to leave the port during the night of September 20th and to head to Bremen. The yacht had been blocking the dock Elbe 17. A tug will tow the ship to the Lürssen Yard in Bremen.

Forbes reported that on March 2nd Dilbar was seized by the German government as part of sanctions against Usmanov stemming from the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Dilbar had been docked and undergoing refit at Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg since October 2021. This was later denied by the German authorities, who said that the yacht was not seized, but was covered by export control sanctions, meaning that it would not be able to leave Germany without special permission.

In April 2022, German federal police announced they’d investigated the yacht and found it belonged to Usmanov’s sister, who was also under sanctions as well as her brother

2016-built, Cayman Islands-flagged, 15,917 gt Dilbar is owned by Navis Marine Ltd care of Lurssen Yacht Management GmbH of Bremen, Germany.

Cargo ship Svyatogor (IMO 8866840) ran aground on the River Don near Konstantinovskaya, Russia, on during the evening of September 18th, carrying a cargo of wheat. Tug Priboy was sent to assist. Ship traffic on the Don was not blocked. The vessel was refloated early on September 19th and continued its passage to Rostov-on-Don. As of September 21st the vessel was at the port of Rostov-on-Don.

1990-built, Russia-flagged, 4,997 gt Svyatogor is owned by Morflot LLC of Rostov-na-Donu, Russa. It is managed by Rechmortrans Ltd of Rostov-na-Donu, Russia.