Marine accident round-up : 24th March 2020

The Brazilian Navy reported over the weekend that VLOC Stellar Banner (IMO 9726803), which has been stranded for almost a month off the coast of Maranhão, has suffered a further slight inclination. Polaris Shipping said that the vessel’s debunkering operation should continue in the coming days, if weather conditions permit. 2016-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 151,596 gt Stellar Banner is owned by VP-12 Shipping Inc care of manager Polaris Shipping Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of VP-12 Shipping Inc.

A floating barrier has been placed around tankship Dördüncü at the port of Kea, Greece, to prevent marine pollution. Anti-pollution operations have begun. Some quantities of heavy oil have been found inside the vessel’s tanks, which must be drained before attempting to lift and remove the wreck.

Chemical/oil products tanker Leon Zeus (IMO 9396385) , which had been immobilized off Greece for nearly a month, has been unloading its cargo of 30,000 tons of gas oil products onto tanker Amphitrite. Leon Zeus encountered mechanical difficulties on February 20th and was towed to a sheltered mooring, south of Kalamata. The cargo transfer began on March 16th. After she was fully lightered the tanker was to be towed to Piraeus for repairs, with an ETA of March 19th. 2008-built, Panama-flagged, 25,864 gt Leon Zeus is owned by TYXH Holding SA care of manager Clearlake Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is Leon Shipping & Trading SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group Piraeus H1) on behalf of TYXH Holding SA.

Fishing boat Slåtterøy’ (IMO 9729829) began to tilt heavily to starboard side during the afternoon of March 21st, in Austevoll, Norway. The 10 crew members, who were washing down the deck, saved themselves by jumping ashore from the vessel. The list was caused by a water tank on deck, the content on which swamped to one side, causing the purse seiner lost balance. When the water was pumped out, the ship was brought back to an even keel. The ship had just arrived from the Atlantic. 2016-built, Norway-flagged, 3,720 gt Slaatteroy is owned and managed by K Halstensen AS of Bekkjarvik, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of K Halstensen AS.

Sailing vessel Lim Discoverer (IMO 9683647) ran onto a reef in the Bismarck Sea north of Port Lae, Papua New Guinea, early on March 21st. The ship was breached and started sinking. The crew of 24, including nine Koreans and 15 other nationalities, were rescued, but the ship was lost. 2014-built, Korea-flagged, 2,177 gt Lim Discoverer is owned and managed by Hansung Enterprise Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with Korea P&I Club