Marine accident round-up : 23rd November 2021

A vessel was reported to have run into an embankment in Sehestedt area, Kiel Canal before dawn on November 21st, while transiting the Canal in a western direction. The crew was able to detach the ship from the embankment and continue its journey under its own power. It reached Brunsbuettel and was berthed, most probably for inspection and investigation, as the vessel was reported to have suffered some damage. Although the ship was not identified officially, it was thought to be the cargo ship Rix Zenith (IMO 9240249), en route from Denmark to Ijmuiden, Netherlands. As of November 22nd the vessel was reported as underway to Ijmuiden, ETA November 23rd.

2001-built, Cyprus-flagged, 2,995 gt Rix Zenith is owned by Coalmar Shipping Ltd care of manager SIA Ric Shipmanagement SIA of Riga, Latvia.

Oil products tanker Abeskun (IMO 7036723) ran aground at the 158km mark of the Volga-Caspian Sea Canal during the afternoon of November 21st. The tanker, which was in load, was en route from offshore oil field to Astrakhan port, Volga. No damage or leaks were reported, but a tug had been brought to the scene, presumably to try to free the vessel and clear the canal for other shipping.

1970-built, Russia-flagged, 496 gt Abeskun is owned and managed by Astramarin OOO of Astrakhan, Russia. It is entered with Ingosstrakh.

Confusion surrounded the recent travels of general cargo ship BBC Maine (IMO 9357200) and chemical tanker Irene DP (IMO 9354571) which had been reported to be under quarantine in the port of Kiel; BBC Maine since November 9th and Irene DP since November 16th. The BBC Maine arrived from Hamina, Finland to transit the Kiel Canal, destination Hamburg. The Irene DP arrived from Gdansk, Poland. Both ships were said to have had Covid cases on board.

However, as of November 23rd the BBC Maine was reported as underway using engine near Burg on the Kiel Canal, ETA Hamburg November 23rd. As of November 22nd the Irene DP was reported as underway using engine, heading for San Ciprian in Spain, ETA November 25th., so it would appear that the quarantine periods, if they were imposed at all, have ended.

2007-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 9,625 gt BBC Maine is owned by 7 Leda Beteiligungs GmbH care of manager Delft Schiffahrt GmbH of Emden-Ostfriesland, Germany. It is entered with Swedish Club (Gothenburg team) on behalf of 7. Leda Beteiligungs GmbH & Co KG.

2006-built, Malta-flagged, 5,303 gt Irene DP is owned by Regional Shipping BV care of De Poli Shipmanagement of LE Barendrecht, Netherlands. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Regional Shipping BV De Poli Shipmanagement.

Cargo ship Wilson Alicante (IMO 9507374), en route from Neskaupstadur in Iceland to Kyleakin, western Scotland, ran aground under the Skye Bridge on November 19th, then floated off and began drifting broadside in the shipping channel, heading for the Skye Bridge in Kyle, and the rocks nearby. The UK Coastguard declared an urgent but not potentially fatal ‘Pan Pan’ situation. The Coastguard tried to contact the vessel via VHF radio, but received no response. The Kyle lifeboat arrived on scene and found the vessel broadside under the bridge, drifting towards the rocks. Attempts by the lifeboat crew to make contact with the crew were unsuccessful. However, the vessel managed to regain some power and then headed for the nearby pier of the Kyleakin Fish plant. The Kyle lifeboat escorted the vessel to the pier. As of November 22nd the Wilson Alicante was still at anchor.

2010-built, Luxembourg-flagged, 2,451 gt Wilson Alicante is owned by Nanke Duren Vertom-Bojen care of manager Kapitan Siegfried Bojen-Schiffahrtsbetrieb eK of Moormerland, Germany. ISM manager is Vertom Bereederungs GmbH of Moormerland, Germany. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Noord Nederlandsche P&I Club.

Containers listed as empty and non-hazardous aboard container ship Shiling (IMO 9290452) had markings indicating radioactive substances A joint team of the Indian Customs and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized eight containers from the vessel, which had docked at the Mundra Port, India, on November 18th, over concerns that they contained undeclared hazardous cargo, potentially radioactive substances. As of November 22nd the vessel was at Mundra Anchorage

2005-built, Singapore-flagged, 53,807 gt Shiling is owned and managed by Shiling Navigation Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is Asian-Alliance Ship management of Cecil Street, Singapore. It is entered with Swedish Club (Asia Team) on behalf of Shiling Navigation Pte Ltd.