Marine accident round-up : 25th March 2019

A triple collision between container ships occurred at the anchorage of Yokohama off the Nonmoku Terminal late on March 21st, Cargo ship Marcliff (IMO 9343663) had just left the Nonmoku Terminal, bound for Nagoya. She initially collided with container m/v APL Guam (IMO 9229609) which was damaged at the bow. After the ships separated, the Marcliff allided with moored cargo ship Hansa Steinburg (IMO 9436094) which suffered damage to the port side bow above the waterline. On March 22nd all involved vessels were moored on Yokohama anchorage. No spill was reported.

2010-built, Liberia-flagged, 18,252 gt Hansa Steinburg is owned by Hansa Steinburg mbh & Co KG and managed by Leonhardt & Blumberg Reederei, both of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Schiffahrts-Gesellschaft “Hansa Steinburg” mbH & Co. KG. Claims leader for hull & machinery is Swedish Club, with Gard AS having a subscription position.

2001-built, USA-flagged, 13,764 gt APL Guam is owned by R&D Investments Inc care of National Shipping of America of San Francisco, California. Manager is APL Maritime Ltd of Bethseda, MD, USA. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of R&D Investments Inc.

2007-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged 9,610 gt Marcliff is owned by Marcliff Schiffahrt GmbH care of manager MarConsult Schiffahrt GmbH & Co KG of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Swedish Club (Gothenburg team) on behalf of MarCalifornia Schiffahrtsgesellschaft UG.

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Salvors of Multraship from Terneuzen and HEBO Maritiemservice from Rotterdam have started preparations for the recovery of the Cardium, which sank on March 9th off the coast of industrial area Flushing-East. The body of a missing 43-year-old Filipino mate may still be on board. Bad weather has prevented the salvage companies starting salvage earlier. They were now jointly inspecting the wreck for damage, how the ship was resting on the bottom and how easy it would be to pull wires under the hull to lift the wreck. Once the ship has been mapped the cargo will be unloaded. Only then would the most suitable salvage method be chosen. There was as yet no timeline for the procedure.

A dredger with four Vietnamese people on board has sunk in the Go Gia River at Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City reported the Vietnam News Agency. Three out of the four people on board were rescued but the captain went missing. The dredger, owned a local company, was working on the waterway in the Can Gio District when the accident occurred and the vessel sank shortly after. The owner of the dredging company immediately hired a team of divers to search for the missing captain. At the moment, the rescue teams are still searching for him.

A charcoal load caught fire twice on 5,700-TEU 2001-built ER Kobe ship while she was en route from Haiphong to Shanghai. Three containers on deck loaded with charcoal in them reportedly caught fire while the boxship was heading from Haiphong to Qingdao, later becoming engulfed in flames again. The first fire was reported to have broken out in the containers on the upper deck on February 14th. The vessel was re-directed to Hong Kong, where the fire was thought to have been extinguished, but it re-emerged on February 24th. The crew quickly brought the fire under control and all the containers were safely unloaded in Hong Kong. ER KOBE is now at the Luhuashan anchorage where all remaining 43 containers loaded with charcoal have been safely discharged. She is under the management of manager ER Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie KG and deployed on the ICC service on a rotation of: China, Singapore, Malaysia, India, and back to Sri Lanka.

Cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway (IMO 9606912) narrowly failed a hygiene inspection by the United States Public Health on March 10th reaching only 84 of the at least 86 points needed. The inspectors reportedly found some flies in grill stations and dirty areas in the galleys, while the medical department did not comply with all rules to prevent the spread of gastroenteritis. 2013-built, Bahamas-flagged, 145,655 gt Norwegian Breakaway is owned by Breakaway One Ltd care of manager NCL Bahamas Ltd of Miami, Florida, USA, It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Breakaway One, Ltd.

Two sailors were killed and one injured when a fire broke out on an oil tanker on Wednesday morning March 20th off the southern coast of South Korea, according to media reports. The 494-tonne oil tanker caught fire some 5 km off Odong islet in South Jeolla province, reported Xinhua news agency. Two sailors were found dead inside the pilothouse, while the chief engineer who suffered burns was sent to hospital. Three others, including the captain, were rescued. No leakage of oil was reported from the ship, which was carrying around 10,000 tonne of bunker fuel C oil and heavy oil.