Marine accident round-up : 23rd June 2021

An investigation has been launched into whether plastic beads that have appeared scattered across Tairua Beach, New Zealand, could be from the wreck of 1990-built, 37,209 gt containership Rena (IMO 8806802), which ran aground off Tauranga, New Zealand, in 2012. It follows a big community effort over the weekend to clean up the small plastic balls, which have also been found in the stomach of fish caught in the area. If they are found to have come from the Rena, that would unlock funds set aside to deal with the disaster and a clean-up will need to be organised by the managers of the wreck. But it is not clear whether pockets of Rena debris remained buried beneath the sand, at risk of being dislodged in future storms. There had been significant swells over the previous two weeks. In the years following the Rena disaster in 2012 several coastlines were plagued by similar plastic beads. The Astrolabe Community Trust will send a representative to Tairua and meet with the local team leader to help put together any further clean-up required this week.

Permanent repairs of crude oil tanker Rava (IMO 9796743) in Istanbul were completed to the satisfaction of the class surveyor and the salvage expenses were paid to the coastal safety account by the local agent on behalf of the owners, according to local reports. The fine imposed was paid to the Harbour Master and departure permission thereupon was granted. The vessel resumed its voyage late on June 18th to Cartagena in Spain with an ETA of June 24th.

The Rava experienced an engine failure while transiting the Istanbul Strait on May 28th. Following the engine failure the vessel subsequently lost power and drifted to shore at Istinye Point. Coastal safety tugs were deployed by the Authorities to tow the vessel to a nominated tanker anchorage zone (IMN June 8th).

2017-built, Croatia-flagged, 63,802 gt Rava is owned by Rava Shipping LLC care of manager Tankerska Plovidba BD of Croatia. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Rava Shipping LLC.

A fire broke out in the engine room of Passenger/Cargo RoRo Greifswald (IMO 8311912) in the Black Sea on June 18th. The ship was en route from Illichivsk, Odessa, Ukraine, to Batumi, Georgia. The ship was disabled and adrift for several hours before it could be towed back to the port of Illichivsk during the afternoon of June 19th. No injuries were reported.

1988-built, Panama-flagged, 24,084 gt Greifswald is owned by Park Way Investors SA care of Navy-Management sro of Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia. ISM manager is Universal Maritime Mgmt LLC of Odessa, Ukraine. It is entered with MS Amlin on behalf of Park Way Investors SA.

General cargo ship Daroja (IMO 9148221) lost about a half its deck cargo of logs while approaching Figueira da Foz, Portugal, during the morning of June 21st. The ship reached the port and was berthed, but the entrance fairway and nearby waters were temporarily closed to navigation because of drifting logs. Tugs and boats were reported to have been contracted by the ship owner to recover the logs. The closure lasted until around 12:30 p.m. The Lusa agency was reported to have been tasked to remove the logs from the water. The vessel was towed to the port of Figueira da Foz, where it was berthed safely.

1997-built, Cyprus-flagged, 3,266 gt Daroja is owned by Greenalia Logistics SL care of manager Greenalia Shipping SL of A Coruna, Spain.

General cargo ship Pioneer Star (IMO 9120047) was confirmed as sunk some 35nm off the coast of Oman in Arabian sea early on June 20th, while en route from the Persian Gulf to (probably) Hodeidah, Yemen. It was not known whether any crew were missing.  1995-built, Comoros-flagged, 6,241 gt Pioneer Star is owned by Lucky Star Shipping Ltd care of manager Barhoum Maritime Co of Beirut, Lebanon.