Marine accident round-up : 24th June 2020

An employee at Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA), America’s top crude oil exporting port, has tested positive for Covid-19, the port authority announced. “The individual works in an office where there are minimal interactions with other employees and is now under self-isolation at home. The building where the employee offices has been further restricted from access until a full sanitizing has been completed,” the authority said. The oil-exporting port has remained open during the pandemic, having been declared essential infrastructure. All port buildings remain closed to visitors and have been closed to non-employees since March 20th.

Cargo ship Vung Hai (IMO 8342375) was in collision with the Anugrah on June 19th in the waters of the Muara Telang District in South Sumatra. The latter suffered such severe damage that she sank. All of the crew of the Anugrah was rescued. An investigation was launched. 2000-built, Panama-flagged, 4,518 gt Vung Hai is owned and managed by Hongkong Neptune Shipping Co of Hong Kong.

Container ship MSC Fabienne (IMO 9279965) ran aground during the afternoon of June 19th shortly after leaving Montreal en route from Montreal to Gioia Tauro. The cause was engine failure. Passing traffic was obstructed, but the fairway was not officially closed. Tugs refloated the casualty which then moored later on the evening of the same day, about 2.5nm from Montreal. Shortly before midnight she returned to the Termont Viau Container Terminal where she remained stationary as of June 21st. 2004-built, Panama-flagged, 54,774 gt MSC Fabienne is owned by NSM Fabienne Shipping Co td care of manager Niki Shipping Co SA of Athens, Greece. ISM manager is Mediterranean Shipping Co Srl of Naples, Italy. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Conglomerate Maritime Ltd.

Cargo lifted by the cargo gear of general cargo ship Timu (IMO 9333709) fell down onto the cargo deck, hitting two Japanese port workers, at around midday on June 19th at Yokohama port, Japan. One docker died and another was hospitalized with serious injures. The ship had arrived from Kashima Japan, and was understood to be detained in port until completion of the investigation. 2005-built, Panama-flagged, 12,630 gt Timu is owned by Beagle Wisdom SA care of manager Wisdom Marine Lines SA of Taipei City, Taiwan. ISM manager is Well Shipmanagement & Maritime. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo Office In Charge) on behalf of Beagle Wisdom SA.