Marine accident round-up : 26th April 2021

Search and rescue crews have asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) temporarily to change a rule for boats helping in the search for the missing crew members of capsized liftboat Seacor Power (IMO 8765682). The volunteers want permission to tie a Turtle Excluder Device net that helps with sea turtle conservation. By tying the turtle excluder devices, boaters would be able to trawl in an attempt to pull up potential remains.

2002-built, USA-flagged, 2,276 gt Seacor Power is owned by Falcon Global Offshore II LLC care of manager Seacor Liftboats LLC of Louisiana, USA. ISM manager is Seacor Marine LLC of Morgan City, Louisiana, USA. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Offshore) on behalf of Falcon Global Holdings LLC.

Oil products tanker Fos Picasso (IMO 9379624) was in collision with 1989-built, 101 gt fishing vessel Odysseus (IMO 8774023) South of Styros Kafireas early on April 22nd. The Fos Picasso had 24 crew on board while the Odysseus had six crew members on board. A patrol boat was deployed to the scene, but no assistance was requested. The incident did not cause any injuries. No damage, water ingress nor marine pollution were observed. The Central Port Authority of Lavrio, which is conducting the preliminary investigation, allowed the continuation of the voyage of the ships.

2009-built, Malta-flagged, 61,303 gt Fos Picasso is owned by Picasso Shipping care of manager Marla Tankers Shipmanagement of Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Picasso Shipping LLC.

Salvage efforts of car carrier Hoegh Pusan (IMO 9153783), now renamed Margaret N, continued on April 22nd. Tugs Sark and Gemi Kurtaran were connected to the stern of the ship. Lifeboat Kiyem 3 was also on site to assist too. The Hoegh Pusan ran aground at Tuzla Anchorage, Marmara sea, Istanbul, shortly before midnight on April 19th. The ship had been in Tuzla since January 2021, perhaps to undergo a conversion into a livestock carrier.

1997-built, Panama-flagged, 44,219 gt Margaret N is owned by Margaret Shipping LLC care of Safe Sea Services Sarl of Jounieh, Lebanon. It is entered with Japan Club on behalf of Margaret Shipping LLC.

Passenger and vehicle ro-ro Zhong Hua Fu Qiang (IMO 9899404) suffered an explosion and caught fire while berthed at Weihai Port in Shandong, China last Tuesday April 20th. There were no passengers on board at the time of the blast and no injuries were reported. Chinese media stated that the 186-metre vessel had departed Weihai for Dalian on Monday night, but the vessel returned to port once smoke was observed coming from a truck on board. All passengers and crew members had been evacuated before the explosion occurred at around 11:40 local time on Tuesday. Firefighters and other emergency personnel were called to fight the blaze. The Chinese-flagged ferry was delivered from Huanghai Shipyard in 2020 and only entered service for Bohay Ferry Group last September.

2020-built, China-flagged, 37,883 gt Zhong Hua Fu Qiang is owned and managed by Weihai Haida Passenger.