Marine accident round-up : 23rd March 2023

Cargo ship Loyalty Hong (IMO 9443396) remained stationary at berth No. 2 East in the inner harbour of Lyttelton, New Zealand, after the engine room became flooded during maintenance work. The vessel’s electrical system was reported as damaged. Limited power had been restored to close the hatches, retract the cranes, and operate mooring winches. The matter has been referred to Maritime NZ and to Environment Canterbury’s regional harbour master. The harbour company was awaiting the next steps from the shipowner’s representative. At present LPC has the ship scheduled to sail for Marsden Point on March 25th.

2010-built, Panama-flagged, 20,987 gt Loyalty Hong is owned by Glory Loyalty Hong Ltd care of manager Jiangsu Runchang Shipping of Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. Ism manager is Xiamen Runchen Gangxiang Shipping of Xiamen, Fujian, China. It is entered with American Club on behalf of Glory Loyalty Hong Ltd. As of March 22nd the vessel remained at Lyttleton Port, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The cocaine found on board bulk carrier Iraklis on March 20th was being analyzed by the Command of the Civil Guard of Gijón, Spain, during the morning of March 21st. The Iraklis had arrived in the El Musel port during the afternoon of March 20th en route from Barranquilla, Colombia. A Colombian stowaway was arrested, trying to bring into the city about 200kg of drugs. The captain of the ship had alerted the authorities of the discovery of the stowaway. Agents of the Benemérita, the National Police and Customs Surveillance of the Tax Agency waited for the ship tpo arrive and then arrested the man promptly. The Iraklis had left Barranquilla on March 5th with a cargo of coke solid fuel for ArcelorMittal. The ship’s search was extended into the night hours.

2002-built, Liberia-flagged, 25,371 gt Iraklis is owned by Gyalos Navigation Ltd care of manager PL Shipping Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Steamship Mutual on behalf of Gyalos Navigation Ltd. As of March 21st the vessel was moored at Gijon, Asturias.

The pilot in charge of boxship Hyundai Tokyo (IMO 9305673), which ploughed almost head on into Pier 77 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, was found to have alcohol in his bloodstream and has been suspended. All maritime pilots in Taiwan will now face mandatory alcohol breath tests before starting work. The allision caused significant damage to the concrete quayside. Port officials had noticed that the speed of the ship was too fast and had sent a warning to the ship by radio before the incident occurred.

2006-built, Cyprus-flagged, 74,651 gt Hyundai Tokyo is owned by Beryl Shiping Corp care of manager Navios Shipmanagement Inc of Piraeus, Greece. ISM manager is Synergy Marine Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Gard AS.

As of March 21st the vessel was moored at Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. As of March 22nd the vessel was en route from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to Shekou, China.

The US Coast Guard medevaced a crew member from crude oil tanker Atlantic Loyalty (IMO 9312509) on March 17th when it was 32 miles off Corpus Christi, Texas. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders received a medevac request from the captain of the tanker during the afternoon of March 17th, stating that a 33-year-old man was experiencing stroke-like symptoms. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac. A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the sick man aboard and transferred him to awaiting emergency service personnel at a local hospital.

2007-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 159,987 gt Atlantic Loyalty is owned by SPDBFL One Hundred Eighty-8 care of manager Sinokor Maritime Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is Fleet Management Ltd Hong Kong. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of SPDBFL etc. Gard is claims leader for Hull on behalf of Sinokor Petrochemical Co Ltd. As of march 22nd the vessel was in the Gulf of Mexico off Corpus Christi, underway from Ingleside, US, to Sungai Linggi, Malaysia, ETA May 2nd.