Marine accident round-up : 25th October 2023

Container ship CMA CGM Montreal (IMO 9363417) requested assistance at around noon local time on October 22nd after it suffered an engine breakdown and drifted towards Cape Punta Almina, Ceuta, in the Alboran sea part of the Western Mediterranean. SAR vessels responded and towed the CMA CGM vessel to Algeciras. Difficult weather conditions had prevented towage to nearby Ceuta. The CMA CGM Montreal berthed at Algeciras at around 02:00 local time on October 23rd. The ship had sailed from Houston, Texas and was understood to have called at Tangier, Morocco on October 20th.

2007-built, Malta-flagged, 27,104 gt CMA CGM Montreal is owned and managed by CMA CGM SA of Marseille, France. ISM manager is CMA Ships Germany GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European syndicate) on behalf of CMA CGM. As of October 24th it was moored at Algeciras.

General cargo ship Sergey Bodrov (IMO 9458432) was reported to have suffered an engine failure on October 22nd and started to drift in North sea. It was en route from Murmansk, Northern Russia, to Rotterdam, Netherlands at the time. The ship drifted close to the Norwegian Ekofisk oil field. The Norwegian Coast Guard responded by sending patrol ship Noggv Bergen to assist. The Sergey Bodrov was taken on tow during the morning of October 23rd. It was possible that the mechanical difficulties had started some days previously, given the speed at which the vessel had been travelling prior to when the failure occurred.

2012-built, Liberia-flagged, 20,682 Sergey Bodrov is owned by SPV5 Ltd care of Klan Gemi Yonetimi Ltd of Istanbul, Turkiye. ISM manager is Rapax Ship Management of Dubai, UAE. Until January 1st this year the vessel had been known as the Huanghai Glory. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Nordics & Eastern Europe) on behalf of SPV5 Ltd. As of October 24th it was listed as Not Under Command in the North Sea.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation into the stabbing of a passenger aboard cruise ship Carnival Magic (IMO 9378486) late on October 20th when it was returning to Norfolk, Virginia from eight-day cruise to Canada and New England. The victim was stabbed with a bar glass by a fellow passenger. The condition of the victim was not yet known, but they were treated by the medical team aboard the ship. The attacker was confined to their room and will never again be allowed to sail on a Carnival cruise ship. Violence between passengers on cruises starting and ending on the east coast of the USA has been a matter of concern to cruise lines for a few years, with what have often been alcohol-fuelled disputes breaking out in bars, usually late at night, and captured on videos shared on social media. Federal investigators and local law enforcement boarded the Carnival magic as soon as it arrived in Norfolk.

2011-built, Panama-flagged, 128,048 gt Carnival Magic is owned and ISM-managed by Carnival Cruise Line of Doral, Florida, USA. Commercial manager is Carnival Corp of the same address. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and with UK Club. As of October 24th it was moored at Nassau, having left Norfolk on October 22nd.

A major search for a man who fell overboard from cruise ship AIDAperla (IMO 9636967) while it was off the coast of Kent, south-east England, has ended without him being found. Details of the cause of the man falling overboard are not yet known. HM Coastguard was alerted at about 09:00 local time on Sunday October 22nd after a crew member disappeared from the vessel off Ramsgate. A nine-hour search for the man was unsuccessful and later that night the AIDAperla resumed its journey to Spain. AIDA Cruises said its thoughts were “with the family of the missing person and his colleagues”, adding that it was “in close contact with his family and the AIDAperla crew”. The search involved a helicopter and RNLI lifeboats. The Maritime & Coastguard Agency said that the search ended at about 18:00 on Sunday. AIDA Cruises said the vessel was “released from the search operation after dark and resumed its journey towards La Coruña” in north west Spain. The cruise ship was travelling from Hamburg, Germany to Las Palmas, Canary Islands when the man went missing, AIDA Cruises said.

2017-built, Italy-flagged, 125,572 gt AIDAperla is owned by Costa Crociere SpA of Genoa, Italy. It is managed by Aida Cruises of Rostock, Germany. ISM manager is Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club (AIDA Cruises German Branch of Costa Crociere), and with Gard (Carnival Corp). As of October 24th it was moored at Coruna, Spain, next stop Vigo, ETA October 25th.