Marine accident round-up : 25th July 2019

Cruise ship Marella Discovery rescued 111 migrants, including 33 children, off Greece on Saturday July 20th. The migrant boat reportedly was found in distress about 40nm off Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula. The migrants were taken to the Greek port of Kalamata, and the Greek Coast Guard arrested two of the boat’s operators. Meanwhile, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced on Sunday that it would resume lifesaving search and rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean, condemning what it says is criminal inaction of European governments. It said that, operating in partnership with SOS Mediterranee, a new ship, Ocean Viking, would be sailing to the Central Mediterranean Sea at the end of the month. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported that 26,090 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea up to June 19th this year, roughly down 35% year on year. Arrivals to Spain and Greece account for 82% of all irregular arrivals this year across three Mediterranean Sea routes, with the balance arriving in much smaller proportions to Italy, Malta and Cyprus.

The 43 containers that fell from containership KSL Gladiator (IMO 8677237) on June 30 could not be retrieved to date. The containers were still scattered near the Sandeep-Hatia Channel buoy. A local salvage company has been engaged by the owners to retrieve the containers. The incident was being closely being monitored by local authorities. 2008-built, Bangladesh-flagged, 1,562 gt KSL Gladiator is owned by Miah MW care of manager Kiam Shipping Lines Ltd of Dhaka, Bangladesh. ISM manager is Unirose Shipcare International of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Abdul Karim Ltd.

Cargo ship Fu Xing Hai (IMO 9751298) ran aground in the Martin Garcia Channel on July 16th and was partly obstructing navigation, allowing only vessels with a draught of 7 metres or less to pass. On July 19th she was refloated with the help of three tugs that afternoon. She had been en route from Nueva Palmira, Uruguay, to Rotterdam, Netherlands, with 40,000 mt of iron ore, The vessel subsequently sailed to Nueva Palmira. No damages or pollution yet reported. The Martin Garcia Channel has been cleared for navigation. 2016-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 25,622 gt Fu Xing Hai is owned by Fu Xing Hai Shipping Ltd care of manager Cosco Bulk of Tianjin, China. ISM manager is Cosco Shipping Bulk Co Ltd of Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. It is entered with West of England (Claims contact Hong Kong) on behalf of Fu Xing Hai Shipping Ltd.

International maritime charity Sailors’ Society said that it was supporting three hospitalised seafarers following the death of two of their crewmates in an incident that occurred reportedly while they were cleaning the ship’s pipeline on July 17th. Cargo ship MV AP Dubrava (IMO 9694684) is in an emergency berth in the port of Vitoria for an investigation into the incident, after a reported poison gas leak while the ship was 160 miles off the coast of Brazil.

2015-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 25,494 gt AP Dubrava is owned by Atlant Dolphin Shipping Corp care of manager Atlantska Plovidba dd of Dubrovnik, Croatia. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of AP Shipping Co Ltd.

Luxury yacht  Blue Magic (IMO 8982084) lost control while attempting to berth in the Marina Castrignano del Capoat Santa Maria Di Leuca in the Lecce Province, Italy, and slammed into a quay, damaging two boats and destroying one sailing yacht completely. The luxury yacht had a group of tourists on board had suffered a sudden failure of the electrical system and was thus disabled. The Coast Guard of Leuca was investigating the accident.  1998-built, Portugal-flagged, 466 gt Blue Magic is owned by Future Yachting Ltd care of Boatrust management of Funchal, Madeira. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European Syndicate) on behalf of Passengers Mbm & Tm Unipessoal Lda.

Two Ukrainian sailors died in the fire on board the Ivan Golubets (IMO 8859782) off the coast of Mauritania. The vessel sank during the night of July 21st to a depth of 35 metres. The fire started in the engine room and quickly spread to the deck. Due to heavy smoke, the captain ordered abandon ship. 1991-built, Georgia-flagged, 4,407 gt Ivan Golubets is owned by Servis State Enterprise of Kiev, Ukraine. It is managed by Evial Business Ltd of Calgary, Canada.