Marine accident round-up : 24th Agust 2018

The Ukrainian authorities have said that they will keep chemical oil products tanker Mekhanik Pogodin (IMO 9598397) in its port city of Kherson for three years, “First deputy Ukrainian president’s envoy to Crimea”, Izet Gdanov, said earlier this week in a comment to Ukraine’s Public Radio that “on August 10th the asset of this company, namely the Mekhanik Pogodin vessel, was blocked for three years in the port of Kherson”. Operating company VF Tanker had said earlier that the ship’s crew had denied entry to a port inspection, because the inspectors lacked lawful reasons for wanting to board the vessel. Gdanov said that the crew’s actions had been illegal and claimed that they would “bear responsibility in line with the current legislation.” 2011-built, Russia-flagged, 4,373 gt Mekhanik Pogodin is owned by VEB-Leasing OJSC of Moscow, Russia, and managed by VF Tanker Ltd of Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of VF Tanker.

The Irish Police (Gardai) have joined the international hunt for drug traffickers who attempted to import 133 kilos of cocaine from Costa Rica to Ireland via Cork. The shipment was said to be intended for  the Kinahan Organized Crime Group. Containership Polar Chile (IMO 9797187) arrived at Cork Harbour on August 22nd and as of August 23rd was heading for Tilbury, UK, with an ETA of 9am on August 24th. While in port last week, Costa Rican drugs police searched the vessel and found the cocaine concealed in a cargo of fruit. 2018-built, Liberia-flagged, 43628 gt Polar Chile is owned by CAS Charlotte ltd care of manager Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Standard Club (Europe division) on behalf of CAS Charlotte Ltd.

General cargo vessel Terney (IMO 8943480) allided a quay wall with her bow while manoeuvring alongside berth No 2 at the port of Plastun, eastern Russia, during the morning of August 16th. Both the berth and the hull of the vessel suffered damage. 1982-built, Russia-flagged, 2,463 gt Terney is owned and managed by Ardis Co Ltd of Primorskiy Kray, Russia.

Danish offshore vessel Blue Antares returned to Fåborg after having towed vehicles carrier Makassar Highway (IMO 9235426) to Gdańsk’s Gdańska Stocznia Remontowa yard on August 16th. Swedish authorities have now completed the clean-up work for the oil that flowed into the sea and polluted the coast after Makassar Highway’s grounding on July 23rd.

After the sinking of 401 gt passenger vessel Bandeng (IMO 8994532) on August 15th after she suffered engine failure off Loloda, North Maluku, Indonesia, two missing crew members were found dead while a third was found alive and was transported to hospital. One crew member was still missing on August 19th. 45 persons were rescued alive.

A fire broke out aboard fishing vessel Svyatov Spiridon (IMO 9233129) in Båtsfjord, Norway on August 19th shortly before midnight, All 17 persons on board were evacuated safely. The fire department noticed an increase the temperature inside the hull and sought for the assistance from smoke divers. A lot of thick smoke was emerging from the ship but it was blown out to the open sea, so there was no danger for the residents in the area. 2001-built, Russia-flagged, 681 gt Svyatoy Spiridon is owned by Nordnes Kystfiske AS and managed by Nordnes AS, both of Valderoya, Norway.