Due to the coronavirus outbreak and recommendations by the local health authorities, Skuld Hong Kong and Skuld Bermuda will be working from home as of March 23rd and until further notice.
Bermuda, starting Thursday March 19th closed its for two weeks to non-residents. The airport has closed to all commercial air services effective 11:59 pm Friday, March 20th. Visiting vessels will not be allowed to enter the seaport. The Crown dependency said that it was “working closely with our hotels, guest houses and vacation rental properties to assist any visitors who remain on the island to fly out on Thursday March 19th and Friday March 20th. Such tough measures are needed to support the global effort to stop the spread of coronavirus and lessen the risk of spread among our tiny population”.
Salvage crews were continuing with the debunkering operation on the Stellar Banner (IMO 9726803) on March 20th. There were about 3,500 tons of fuel oil and 140 tons of gas oil on board the grounded vessel. Fuel oil from the vessel was being pumped to offshore supply vessel Hos Brass Ring (IMO: 9672636), owned by Hornbeck Offshore Services. The Brazilian Navy reported on March 19th that 1,170 cubic meters of fuel oil had been pumped to the HOS Brass Ring as of Friday. SBM Offshore’s Normand Installer had also arrived on scene to assist with the operation. The situation remained stable and no oil has been observed in the surrounding waters. The debunkering operation was being conducted by a joint team from Ardent and SMIT. 2016-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 151,596 gt Stellar Banner is owned by VP-12 Shipping Inc care of manager Polaris Shipping Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of VP-12 Shipping Inc.
A fire broke out in the engine room of hopper dredger DC Vlaanderen 3000 (IMO 9250373) during the afternoon of March 19th, after she had moored in the commercial port of Breskens, coming from Zeebrugge. The fire was extinguished by the crew, which flooded the engine room with CO2 in order to bring the situation under control. It was decided to leave the engine room closed until the morning of March 20th, at which point shoreside fire fighters from Breskens and Oostburg attended the site to open the engine room in a controlled manner. The entire ship had to be ventilated due to high CO2 values. In the early afternoon, the firefighters were stood down. 2002-built, Netherlands-flagged, 2,744 gt DC Vlaanderen 3000 is owned by DC Vlaanderen 3000 BV care of DC River BV of Breskens, Netherlands. It is entered with Shipowners Club.
Fishing boat Kozlovo (IMO 8721698) suffered a steering control system failure late on March 13th The vessel, with a crew of 31 on board, lost control in bad weather conditions and required assistance. After receiving a distress signal, salvage tug Kapitan Beklemishev contacted the owner of the vessel and headed towards the casualty, where she arrived 37 hours later. The tug managed to take the Kozlovo under tow, despite severe storm conditions. The vessel was pulled towards Kola Bay. The convoy eventually made it to Murmansk on March 18th. 1986-built, Russia-flagged, 796 gt Kozlovo is owned and managed by Sever Fishing Collective of Prirechnyy, Pechengskiy rayon, Murmanskaya oblast, Russia.