Marine accident round-up : 23rd October 2020

The cargo of bagged millet and corn in the cargo hold of general cargo ship Unispirit (IMO 9356402) was searched by Spanish police, Coastguard and customs teams over five days while it was docked at Las Palmas. The ship had berthed on October 16th, en route from Sao Sebastiao in Brazil to Cadiz, Spain. A reported 1,200 kilos of cocaine was found hidden in the cargo. No arrests were made among the crew, some of whom were Russians. The vessel was released and left Las Palmas late on October 21st. As of October 24th it was at anchor off Cadiz.

2006-built, Antigua and Barbuda-flagged, 6,296 gt Unispirit is owned by Moseltal NH Schifffahrts care of manager Held Bereederungs GmbH of Haren (Elms), Germany. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Uniatlantico Shipping GmbH & Co KG.

The master of bulk carrier King Milo (IMO 9609512), which was berthed at Gove, Northern Territories, Australia, fell ill and died suddenly on October 20th. He was 48 years old. The ship had arrived at Gove from Zhangjiagang via Manila, where a crew change was carried out. As of October 22nd the vessel was once again underway, from Gove to Manila.

2012-built, Panama-flagged, 40,850 gt King Milo is owned by Flor de Vapores SA care of manager Mitsubishi Ore Transport Co Ltd of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with Standard (International Division) on behalf of Compania Flor de Vapores SA.

Cargo ship Messila (IMO 9294953), which ran aground off the Greek island of Tilos on August 27th, has been granted a single voyage departure permission from Tilos to Haydarpasa. During the transit of the Canakkale Strait, a Coastal Safety tug and a pilot provided escort service for the vessel and traffic safety. Upon the completion of the cargo discharge operations, the vessel was shifted from Haydarpasa to the Tuzla shipyard area. The vessel entered the shipyard on October 11th. A damage survey was executed. As of October 22nd the replacement of steel on the damaged and deformed locations was underway.

2004-built, Panama-flagged, 7,769 gt Messila is owned by Messila Trading & Maritime care of manager Aswan Shipping Denizcilik of Istanbul, Turkey.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Seatran Ferry 12 (IMO 8877849) was caught in rough weather in the Taiwan Strait off Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and issued a distress signal late on October 23rd. Taiwan Rescue services launched an SAR and found  five of the ship’s crew in the water, floating in life jackets. All were rescued safely, although two of them were injured. Five crew remained missing and the SAR is ongoing.

Seatran Ferry 12 – previously the Olive Maru No.8 was understood to have been bought by Thai operator Seatran Ferry in Japan earlier this year, and the ship was under way from Japan to Thailand to be deployed on Gulf passenger lines. All 10 crew were said to be Thai nationals.

1994-built, Tuvalu-flagged, 1,037 gt Seatran Ferry 12 is owned and managed by Seatran Ferry Co Ltd.

General cargo ship Asli Elif (IMO 9349021) suffered a failure during the night of October 22nd and started drifting in a southern direction while south of Milos island, Greece. The ship was taken on tow in the morning of October 23rd to be towed to Marmaris, Turkey. As of October 24th it was recorded as having restricted manoeuvrability in the Aegean Sea.

2005-built, Turkey-flagged, 2,477 gt Asli Elif is owned and managed by Sumer Denizcilik of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Sumer Denizcilik.