Marine accident round-up : 24th November 2021

After the fumes from the cargo of bulk carrier NS Qingdao (IMO 9567439) were dissipated, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) decided, in conjunction with other stakeholders, that the ship should go to St Helena Bay off Cape Town, where the cargo could be offloaded to another vessel, and then taken ashore and disposed of safely. AMSOL tug Umkhuseli (IMO 9427055) escoted the NS Qingdao to St Helena Bay, where the operation of discharging the cargo commenced. Earlier this month the vessel had to be relocated from Durban after its bulk cargo of chemicals started to emit toxic fumes, South African Maritime Safety Authority said. SAMSA said that the cargo became unstable after getting wet during the discharge operation during rainy weather.

2011-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 33,032 gt NS Qingdao is owned by Longda International Shipping care of YKJ Shipping Co ltd of Zhejiang, China. It is entered with London Club on behalf of NS Qingdao Shipping Co. Ltd.

The US Coast Guard medevaced a passenger from cruise ship Carnival Glory (IMO 9198367) on November 21st when the vessel was about 72 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana. USCG Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call stating that a woman was experiencing symptoms consistent with internal bleeding. A USCG helicopter crew was sent to the scene and the passenger and a nurse of the Carnival Glory were airlifted to University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

2003-built, Panama-flagged, 110,840 gt Carnival Glory is owned and ISM managed by Carnival Cruise Line of Doral, Florida, USA. Commercial manager is Carnival Corp of Doral, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club.

Another body has been recovered from the Pasur River in Bagerhat after fishing vessel Fardin-1 capsized as a result of a collision with the Handy Perth (IMO 9628128). The rescue operation had been called off on November 18th with three crew members still missing, but the family of one of the victims began looking for him near the scene of the accident. During the morning of November 19th they spotted his body floating near the Harbaria No 12 Anchorage area and called the police for necessary assistance. Two crew members remain missing.

2013-built, Panama-flagged 23,495 gt Handy Perth is owned and managed by Nation SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Nation SA.

Impounded chemical/oil products tanker RF Alice (IMO 9434668) was released to its owner on November 18th by Nigerian Navy Ship Delta. The vessel was handed over to ABC Maritime in Koko, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State by the Executive Officer of the NNS Delta, Navy Captain Levi Deyin, on behalf of the Commander of the vessel, Commodore Abdulhamid Baba-Inna. The tanker was seized by navy personnel on September 7th on the Koko River. The ship left Koko on November 20th and anchored off Lome on November 22nd. As of November 23rd it was underway from Lome, awaiting an order as to its destination.

2008-built, Panama-flagged, 8,550 gt RF Alice is owned and managed by ABC Maritime of Nyon, Switzerland. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European Syndicate) on behalf of RFTankers III AS.