Marine accident round-up : 24th July 2018

A fire broke out in the cargo hold of general cargo ship CSC Zhi Hai (IMO 9628697) on July 19th after she had berthed at Changshu port, Shanghai, carrying paper pulp. The CO2 system was activated. Because of the dangerous character of the cargo the crew and terminal staff were evacuated and a safety zone established. 2013-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 10,820 gt CSC Zhi Hai is owned and managed by Yangtze Navigation HK Co Ltd of Shanghai, China. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of CSC Zhihai Co Ltd.

Crude oil tanker Kimolos (9791145) remained on Suez South Anchorage on July 23rd. The ship had a list of about seven degrees and a trim to forward of between two and four metres. The ballast tanks at the port side foreship were through to have been damaged during her grounding on July 15th. Owner Okeanis Eco Tankers has said that the tanker’s bottom was damaged, but not breached. The ship was route from the Black Sea to Singapore when the incident occurred. 2018-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 82602 gt Kimolos is owned by Omega Three Marine Corp care of manager Kyklades Maritime Corp (Kyklades Naftiki Eteria) of Piraeus, Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I Club (Bermuda) on behalf of Omega Three Marine Corp. Hull & Machinery is led by Norwegian Hull Club, with Gard having a subscription position.

Smit Salvage has confirmed that all the necessary work prior to the towing of Thorco Lineage (IMO 9673197) from Papeete, French Polynesia, had been completed. On July 18th tug Michelle Foss pulled Thorco Lineage out of the port, bound for Majuro, ETA August 5th. After that she will be taken to a repair yard in South Korea. Thorco Lineage ran hard aground on Raroia Atoll, French Polynesia during the morning of June 24th while en route from Baltimore, USA, to Hobart, Australia. 2014-built, Philippines-flagged, 13,110 gt Thorco Lineage is listed as owned by Phoenix Carriers Corp SA care of manager Thorco Shipping AS of Hellerup, Denmark. ISM manager is Sea Quest Ship Management of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with Standard Club (Mediterranean & Middle East Division) on behalf of Sinbanali Shipping Inc of Manila, Philippines.

Bulk carrier Ikan Kerapu (IMO 9697959) was refloated with the assistance of tugs Protector and Orion on July 19th anchored west off Irbe Lighthouse, Gulf of Riga, for further inspections. Ikan Kerapu ran aground early on July 15th in the Irbe Strait of the Gulf of Riga. The ship was en route from Riga, Latvia, whence it had sailed on July 14th, bound for Taranto, Italy. 2015-built, Panama-flagged, 41,753 gt Ikan Kerapu is owned by Mi-Das Line SA care of Mediterranean Shipping Co of Geneva, Switzerland. Manager is Doun Kisen KK of Namikata, Namikata-cho, Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. ISM manager is Rosy Star Ocean Vessels of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with Japan P&I Club (Imabari office in charge) on behalf of Mi-Das Line SA.

Philippine inter-island ferry Lucky Benjamin sank on Friday July 20th after being hit by strong winds and high swells off Occidental Mindoro province. Authorities said all the 57 passengers and 10 crew were rescued. The boat was sailing towards Looc, Occidental Mindoro from Calatagan Port in Batangas province when the incident occurred.

Bulk carrier Sam Lion (IMO 9620164) will only be allowed to leave the Spanish North African colony of Ceuta for Cádiz and cross the Strait of Gibraltar if accompanied by a tug. When she arrives she is expected to unload her cargo of 40,000 tons of cement before entering a shipyard to undergo repairs. Sam Lion ran aground on the rocks of Santa Isabel on July 2nd and was towed to the Poniente dock in Ceuta, where seven damaged ballast tanks and a damaged cofferdam were detected. Three ballast tanks were breached and the double hull penetrated. Divers were sent down to check the cracks and evaluate the necessary repairs, but only temporary repairs could be undertaken in Ceuta. The accident happened while the vessel was approaching the anchorage of the north bay. The damage suffered was more serious than they seemed during the first inspection, with water ingress continuing. 2012-built, Liberia-flagged, 31,760 gt Sam Lion is owned by Sam Lion Inc care of Shipping Asset Management of Geneva, Switzerland. It is entered with Steamship (Smuab) (European syndicate) on behalf of SPV Sam Lion Inc.