Marine accident round-up : 25th July 2022

There was an oil spill of about 20 litres from cargo ship Blue Bosporus (IMO 9370185) during bunkering operations in Gibraltarian territorial waters during the morning of July 15th. As soon as it was reported to the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) an oil spill contingency plan was activated and the Algeciras Port authority a short way away in Spain was notified. The vessel was initially detained by the GPA while an investigation was conducted. The vessel sailed from Gibraltar on July 16th. As of July 24th the vessel was en route to Santos, Brazil, ETA July 31st.

2008-built, Panama-flagged, 41,668 gt Blue Bosporus is owned by Falcon Shipholding Inc care of manager Apollonia Lines SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I one behalf of Falcon Shipbuilding Inc.

Cargo ship Victory Roro (IMO 7800112) was intercepted on July 18th by frigates from Greek and Italy which were participating in the EU Navy Operation IRINI off the Libyan coast. The ship was boarded and inspected on the suspicion of illegal arms transportation to Libya. Hellenic Navy frigate HS Themistokles monitored the ship during its route before the Italian Navy frigate ITS Grecale took over to conduct the inspection. The vessel was en route from King Abdullah Port, Saudi Arabia, to Benghazi, Libya. The inspectors found vehicles either specifically military, or ones which had been converted for military use. The ship was taken to Valetta and moored on the outer anchorage on July 20th. It left the anchorage during the morning of July 21st and headed for the Strait of Sicily. The RoRo had apparently been on the “Alert List” of IRINI since at least March 2022 (under the name “Luccello”) and had been under close surveillance. As of July 24th the vessel was in the Western Mediterranean, but still reported as underway from Aqaba, Jordan, to Benghazi (ETA July 19th).

1978-built, Equatorial Guinea-flagged, 5,881 gt Victory RoRo is owned and managed by Yildirim Shipping Co of Akdeniz, Mersin, Turkey.

The Tzelepi Port Authority was informed during the afternoon of July 20th that a crew member of passenger ship Knossos Palace (IMO 9220330), which was docked at the port of Piraeus at the time, had been injured. The man was transferred to the local General Hospital out by the Central Port Authority of Piraeus.

2001-built, Greece-flagged, 36,900 gt Knossos Palace is owned and managed by Minoan Lines Shipping SA of Irakleio, Greece. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Minoan Lines Shipping SA. As of July 24th it was at the port of Piraeus, having arrived that morning from Heraclio, Greece.