Marine accident round-up : 24th September 2023

It was looking increasingly likely that the reported possible sea mine attack onTogo-flagged general cargo ship Seama (IMO 7827328) was nothing of the kind, but was instead an internal explosion. While the Romanian authorities were continuing their investigations, the major piece of evidence in favour of an internal explosion is that the damage would have been far greater if at sea mine had exploded on the exterior hull. This appears to have been backed up by the crew, who saidduring the preliminary investigation that the explosion took place inside, not outside. The explosion looked to have been strong enough to compromise the integrity of the hull causing water ingress and aft tilt. Ther Seama had arrived at Sulima Anchorage on September 12th, from Turkiye, destination Izmail, Ukraine. The 4,251 dwt general cargo ship was built in 1981 and its ISM manager is reported as GMZ Ship Management Co SA of Lebanon.

Ferry KMP Gerbang Samudra 2 (IMO 8628602) was reported to have run aground on September 18th in the Bali Strait while en route from Ketapang, Java, to Gilimanuk, Bali, Indonesia, with at least 114 passengers on board. All passengers were evacuated but as of September 20th the vessel was understood to be still aground.

1995-built, Indonesia-flagged, 1,545 gt Gerbang Samudra 2 is owned and managed by Gerbangsamudra Sarana PT.

Container ship Ever Oath (IMO 9913858) was reported to have suffered engine failure on September 17th while approaching Vung Tau, Vietnam, on arrival from Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia. The ship was anchored at Vung Tau anchorage on September 19th and tugs were assigned to assist. The vessel was towed to Cai Mep container terminal. As of September 21st it was listed as NUC at Ho Chi Minh Anchorage.

2022-built, Panama-flagged, 27,025 gt Ever Oath is owned by Pedregal Maritime SA care of Shoei Kisen KK of Imabari, Japan.  ISM manager is Smtech Ship Management Co of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with Japan Club (Imabari office in charge) on behalf of Pedregal Maritime SA.

The body of a woman who fell over board from passenger ferry Commodore Clipper (IMO 9201750) on July 22nd has been found on a beach in East Sussex. Ebla Yusuf, 48, disappeared after she boarded the ferry for a crossing between Portsmouth and the Channel Islands. When she failed to disembark at Guernsey a major SAR operation was launched, involving aircraft from the UK and France, as well as Channel Islands Air Search. According to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary, which is investigating Ms Yusuf’s disappearance, her body had been found on a beach in Seaford in East Sussex on July 29th. Her family have been notified and the matter will now be passed to Sussex coroner’s office.

1999-built, Bahamas-flagged, 14,000 gt Commodore Clipper is owned by Condor Ltd of Guernsey, Channel Islands, and managed by Marine Services Ltd of Poole, UK. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Condor Ltd.