Marine accident round-up : 24th October 2023

A large lorry on passenger/vehicle RoRo Tranship 1 (IMO 8342519) caught fire during the afternoon of October 20th when the ship was about to berth in Bakauheni, southeast Sumatra, Sunda Strait, Indonesia, on arrival from Java’s Merak port, with about 200 passengers on board. The vessel berthed with its ramp already lowered and the passengers disembarked safely. The fire was extinguished by joint efforts of crew and firefighting teams. The ferry later left port and was anchored at nearby anchorage.

2016-built, Indonesia-flagged, 8,442 gt Tranship 1 is owned and managed by Tranship Indonesia of Balikpapann, Indonesia.

Four of the eight platform anchors on drilling platform Stena Spey (IMO 8751681) snapped or were lost during Storm Babet in the North Sea, causing 89 personnel to be airlifted by helicopters in the morning of October 21st, 123nm east of Aberdeen. In order to maintain platform safety, 44 crew members remained on board. The platform was reported to be slowly drifting west. The 1983-built UK-flagged semi-submersible drilling platform, dwt 13587, was built in 1983

Offshore supply ship Atlantic Condor (IMO 9558335), which was en route from Vancouver, British Columbia, to St Johns, Newfoundland, had to divert to Bermuda on October 16th to get medical aid for a crew member. During the afternoon of the 16th RCC Bermuda was contacted by Meyer Shipping and told that the ship had diverted to the island after a Canadian crew member suffered abdominal pains. At about 07:30 local time October 17th the vessel arrived offshore, and the patient was safely transferred from the ship ashore to Ordnance Island by pilot/rescue boat St David. The vessel remained offshore, and the crew member was able to return to the ship the same afternoon after receiving treatment.

2011-built, Canada-flagged, 2,334 gt Atlantic Condor is owned and managed by Atlantic Towing Ltd of Saint John, Canada. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of JD Irving Ltd. As of October 23rd the vessel was listed as Stopped at St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Cruise ship Celebrity Silhouette (IMO 9451094) was delayed due to rough weather and could not return to Southampton as scheduled. As a result the next sailing had a slightly delayed embarkation. The vessel was sailing an 11-night Canary Islands and Portugal itinerary roundtrip from Southampton, but it encountered rough weather on its return to the UK. Because of this, guests on the next sailing were notified that the ship would be delayed for its return on October 22nd. The subsequent embarkation of the next cruise has also been delayed. The ship berthed in Lisbon on October 19th and remained stationary for a short time. Its next sailing is an 11-night transatlantic repositioning cruise from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, calling at the Azores, Bermuda, and Nassau.

2011-built, Malta-flagged, 122,210 gt Celebrity Silhouette is owned b Celebrity Silhouette Inc care of Celebrity Cruises Inc of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas syndicate) on behalf of Celebrity Silhouette Inc. As of October 23rd it was moored at Southampton.