Marine accident round-up : 23rd July 2021

A seafarer has died with Covid-19 on bulk carrier Star Genesis (IMO 9457464) in Bulgaria and 11 more cases have been identified on board Bulgaria’s reports, citing local authorities. The outbreak was initially reported on board an unnamed ship at the port of Burgas. The first patient began feeling unwell on July 7th. On July 14th the seafarer was transported to Burgas for examination and Covid-19 was confirmed. He was hospitalized in the infectious ward of the medical institution. On July 15th the remaining 19 members of the ship’s crew were tested, and. 11 members returned a positive result. The ship was put into isolation for 14 days. Three of the positive cases are symptomatic. On July 18th, the hospitalized member of the crew was taken into intensive care, but he died the next day. Then, on July 19th another crew member who had tested positive had difficulty breathing and was suffering from a deteriorating general condition. After an examination by a team of CSMP Burgas he was hospitalized in UMBAL Burgas. All the crew were reported to be from the Philippines. The ship, which had previously called at a port in the UAE on June 27th,, was scheduled to depart Burgas on July 23rd. As of July 22nd the vessel was at anchor off Bourgas in the Black Sea.

2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 43,879 gt Star Genesis is owned by Sea 80 Leasing Co Ltd care of manager Starbulk SA of Athens, Greece. ISM manager is Augustea Technoservices Ltd of Floriana, Malta. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Star Nor CII LLC.

Aggregates carrier Shi Xiang 156 (IMO 8662189) caught fire shortly after midday on July 19. Eleven crew were evacuated. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) coordinated the firefighting and it was reported to have been extinguished after about seven hours.

2006-built, Tanzania-flagged, 1,688 gt Shi Xiang 156 is owned and managed by Rhonda Shipping Co Ltd of Hong Kong, China.

Claims group WE Cox has reported an incident involving the Phuc Thuan 36 (IMO 9565259), a Vietnam flagged, 1,599gt, 2010 built, bulk carrier, laden with various steel cargoes, which encountered heavy weather en route from Dong Guan to Laem Chabang, causing cargo to shift and the vessel to develop a severe list. The crew abandoned the vessel and were rescued by another nearby vessel. Salvage operations were ongoing, and shipowners have declared General Average. They have appointed Marine Claims Office of Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore, as General Average Adjusters. WE Cox Claims Group said that it had has already received instructions to represent part cargo onboard.

2010-built, Vietnam-flagged, 1,599 gt Phuc Thuan 36 is owned by An Tien Manh Co Ltd of Cat Thanh, Nam Dinh, Vietnam. It is managed by Thuan Phat Trading of Haiphong City, Vietnam.

The 15,000 teu ULCV Zephyr Lumos (IMO 9864227), resumed sailing on July 19th after completing the necessary inspections and clearance. The container ship had been involved in a collision with Panamax bulk carrier Galapagos (IMO 9473169) in the Strait of Malacca on July 11th (IMN, July 13th). The Zephyr Lumos is expected to reach Piraeus, Greece, on August 5th. As of July 22nd the Galapagos was at anchor in the Malacca Strait, en route from Gladstone, Australia to Visakhapatnam, India, with an ETA of Jul 27th.

2010-built, Malta-flagged, 41,342 gt Galapagos is owned and managed by Primco Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Primco Ltd.

2021-built, UK-flagged, 149,525 gt Zephyr Lumos is owned by Prayril Shipping Inc care of manager Zodiac Maritime Ltd of London, UK. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Prayril Shipping Inc.