Marine accident round-up : 23rd January 2023

Container ship CMA CGM Veracruz (IMO 9418377) was reported disabled and adrift off the Southwest Pass in the mouth of the River Mississippi during the morning of January 19th local time. The ship is en route to New Orleans, but as it was approaching the Southwest Pass it started to drift in a southwest direction, and remained adrift as of late January 19th local time. It had arrived from Kingston, Jamaica. By early morning January 22nd the vessel had arrived at New Orleans anchorage.

2010-bult, Malta-flagged, 36,087 gt CMA CGM Veracruz is owned and managed by CMA CGM SA The French Line. ISM manager is NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsges of Buxtehude, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European syndicate) on behalf of CMA CGM SA.

A report has emerged of an engine room fire on bulk carrier Interlink Sagacity (IMO 9709245) on December 30th last year which disabled the ship. The fire was said to have taken several hours to extinguish by the activated firefighting system and to have left the ship with a significantly damaged main engine. The vessel was off Albany, WA, southwest Australia, having left nearby Bunbury on December 29th. A tug responded and towed the Interlink Sagacity to Albany anchorage, where it remained anchored on January 22nd. The vessel had been bound for Australian Esperance Port with a cargo of copper concentrate, according to the report.

2015-built, Marshall islands-flagged, 25,546 gt Interlink Sagacity is owned by OCY Innuksuac 3 Ltd care of manager Interlink Marine Corp of Hamilton, Bermuda. ISM manager is Bernhard Schulte Hong Kong LP of Hong Kong, China. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Sagacity Maritime LLC.

Tug Sea Voyager II (IMO 7417317) was reported to have sunk in the Caribbean when about 50nm west of Cartagena, Colombia, on January 19th or 20th. No AIS signal since January 19th. The tug left Cartagena on January 18th, bound for Puerto Colon Panama. Of the nine crew on board, four were reported as missing, while the other five were said to have been rescued safely.

1976-built, Tanzania-flagged, 930 gt Sea Voyager II is reported as owned and managed by Ships International LLC of Seattle, Washington, USA.

Cargo ship Elbsky (IMO 9412531) suffered a total blackout and requested tug assistance on January 18th around 04:20 local time while in the Dover Strait.

The vessel was en route from Rotterdam to Lisbon with 13 crew members on board. The defect was apparently rectified by the crew and the ship resumed its voyage some three and a half hours later. It was monitored for 30 minutes to ensure no further mechanical faults arose. It arrived at Lisbon on January 21st and as of January 22nd the vessel was en route from Lisbon, Portugal, to Leixoes, Portugal, ETA January 22nd.

2011-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 11,550 gt Elbsky is owned by Elbsky GmbH & Co KG care of manager USC Marnkrug GmbH of Drochtersen, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European syndicate) on behalf of MS “Elbsky” GmbH.