Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a Panama-registered vessel in the Persian Gulf suspected of smuggling 300,000 litres of fuel and detained its crew of 10, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Friday November 20th. The agency did not give the nationality of the crew members or other details of the incident in its report, although it was expected that such details would eventually emerge. Iran suffers massive amounts of fuel smuggling by land and sea to neighbouring countries and to Gulf Arab states. An estimated 10m litres of fuel are smuggled per day.
Crude oil tanker Anastasia I (IMO 9200964) has been reported as abandoned, with (as of November 21st) no news as to the crew’s fate or situation in general. AIS remains off. The vessel the previous day had been reported as disabled and adrift after power failure between Nicobar islands and Banda Aceh Sumatra on November 20th, while en route from Singapore to Dubai, probably in ballast.
2000-built, Panama-flagged, 58,243 is owned by Anastasia Tanker Corp care of manager Sutlej Shipping Line Pvt Ltd of Kadavanthra, Ernakulam, Kerala, India. It is entered with Hydor AS on behalf of ONYX Tanker Ship Management PVT Ltd.
Offshore supply tug Carmen (IMO 8502949) developed a list, capsized and sank during the early hours of November 20th near Petrobras P-48 Platform, Campos Basin, Brazil, while carrying out routine works. All 18 crew were reported safely rescued by other offshore ships nearby. The Carmen sank in 250 metres’ depth, some 55 nm east of Cabo de Sao Tome, NE of Rio de Janeiro.
1987-built, Brazil-flagged, 371 gt Carmen is owned and managed by Oceanpact Servicos Maritimos of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
General cargo ship Volga-4007 (IMO 8728816) was in collision with side of the unloaded cargo ship Mezhdurechensk (IMO 8948167) on the River Don, two miles from the port of Azov, during the morning of November 16th, apparently because of a pilot error on the part of the Volga-4007. There were no casualties and no pollution. Investigators tried to clarify the amount of damage at the site of the incident.
1989-built, 4,911 gt Volga-4007 is owned by Regenbogen Ltd care of manager Pasabahce Denizcilik Turizm of Istanbul, Turkey. ISM manager is Lassag Overseas Inc of Istanbul, Turkey.
1966-built, Russia-flagged, 1,914 gt Mezhdurechensk is owned and managed by River-Sea Shipping Agency of Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
Cargo ship Wooyang Elite (IMO 9491379) suffered an engine failure at Uskudar point in the Istanbul Strait before dawn on November 17th, while en route from Gemlik, Turkey to Constanta, Romania. The vessel shifted to the southern entrance of Istanbul Strait anchorage and moored, where the crew commenced repairs.
2011-built, South Korea-flagged, 31,763 gt Wooyang Elite is owned by Woo Yang Shipping Co Ltd and managed by Korea Ship Managers Ltd Of Busan, South Korea.