Marine accident round-up : 24th February 2023

Asphalt/bitumen tanker Aashi (IMO 9516715) ran aground in the waters of the Moro’o district in the West Nias Regency, Indonesia, on February 12th. The vessel suffered a leak and was partially submerged due to strong waves. All crew members were safely rescued by the Indonesian Navy. It suffered a leak and listed 20 degrees. An aerial survey was done, which showed some oil leaks. The asphalt leak later extended to a radius of 70km. Local authorities met with the agent and owner of the bitumen tanker’s shipping company to deal with the pollution and inspect the condition of the vessel.

2008-built, Gabon-flagged, 3,711 gt Aashi is owned and managed by Aashi Shipping Inc of Monrovia, Liberia. ISM manager is AL Phoenix management FZE. No AIS since February 3rdm, qwhen it was en route from Khor Fakkan, UAE, to Telukbayur, Indonesia, ETA February 11th.

Bulk carrier Star Georgia (IMO 9361196) reported a man over board 10nm off Punta de Gando, Gran Canaria, during the afternoon of February 16th. The MRCC of Salvamento Marítimo in Las Palmas mobilized a helicopter and SAR vessel. It also notified ships in the area to keep a lookout. The crew of the Salvamar Nunki managed to locate the seafarer and rescued him. He was suffering from hypothermia.

2006-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 43,189 gt Star Georgia is owned by Star Trident XI LLC care of manager Starbulk SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Star Trident XI LLC. Gars AS is claims leader for hull on behalf of Starbulk SA. As of February 23rd the vessel was underway in the English Channel to Ust-Luga, Russia, ETA February 28th, having departed Chiwan, China, on December 31st 2022.

Container ship Contship Ivy (IMO 9371402) was in collision with the Cunado (MMSI 244070504) near the Zandvliet lock in Antwerp during the morning of February 21st. The feeder was en route from Antwerp to Zeebrugge. It dropped anchor on the Scheldt after the accident. The Cunado, which was en route from Terneuzen to Rotterdam, berthed near the Kallo lock at the approach to the Waasland Canal. The collision caused a crack of about 10 metres in the hull of the Contship Ivy.

2007-built, Cyprus-flagged, 10,965 gt Contship Ivy is owned by Lazio Marine Ltd care of manager Conmar Shipping GmbH of Jork Niederelbe, Germany. ISM manager is Contships Management Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Lazio Marine Ltd. As of February 23rd it was moored at Antwerp, where it arrived on February 20th.

Cargo ship VSG Dream (IMO 9217802) was reported as detained in the port of Nakhodka in Primorye. Far east Russia, on February 17th because of alleged technical failures, payment of low wages for the 19 crew members, and a failure to comply with the rights of employees. The ship had arrived at Nakhodka with a cargo of rice. It will remain in the port until the violations are addressed. On board were 10 Vietnamese and nine Indian seafarers. There was apparently no collective agreement with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), with individual not specifying the amount of wages and insurance compensation in the event of the death of a seafarer. In the employment contracts of seafarers from India, the amount of wages was indicated, but it was as low as $200 or $300 a month. In addition the crew had difficulties with communication: Vietnamese and Indian sailors communicate in different languages and do not understand each other well. After checking the technical condition of the vessel, the port control inspector of Nakhodka discovered a large number of violations and decided to detain the vessel in the port until all the deficiences had been remedied.

2000-built, Panama-flagged, 4,724 gt VSG Dream is owned and managed by Viconship Saigon of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is entered with West P&I Club (Claims team Hong Kong) on behalf of South Vietnam Shipping JSC. As of February 23rd it was at anchor at Nakhodka, Russia (arrived February 18th).