Marine accident round-up : 26th August 2020

The Corpus Christi Ship Channel will allow vessel traffic throughout the Inner Harbour with restrictions after the captain of the port modified the channel’s safety zone, the US Coast Guard said on Monday. The port’s inner harbour was closed after a dredging vessel, carrying four members, caught fire and sank on Friday. “Approximately 1,600 gallons of diesel fuel has been removed from the water,” the USCG said, adding that all missing crew members have been recovered.

Container ship Barry Trader (IMO 9658446) was for a short time placed under arrest in Singapore, according to the country’s Supreme Court. The ship was arrested early last Friday, according to the list of vessels under arrest posted on the courts website. The ship typically operates between Singapore and the Philippines. The reason for the arrest was unclear, but was thought possibly be to do with disputes over the payment for goods and services. As of August 23rd the vessel was underway again, heading for General Santos in the Philippines, ETA August 27th. 2014-built, Singapore-flagged, 25,145 gt Barry Trader is owned by Hai Kup Shipping 1411 Ltd care of manager Lomar Shipping Ltd of London, UK. ISM manager is Uniteam Marine Shipping GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Oslo 1) on behalf of Lomar Shipping Ltd.

Bulk carrier Frontier Falcon (IMO 9546980) was searched on August 22nd at Icdas, Turkey, three days after arriving from Santa Marta in Colombia. A joint team of the police anti-narcotics division and the Coast Guard searched the ship’s hull and found a box attached to the hull in aft section. The box contained packages with cocaine that totalled 25 kilos in weight. 2011-built, Panama-flagged, 92,250 gt Frontier Falcon is owned by Uniglory Shipping SA care of manager Mizhuo Sangyo Co Ltd of Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, , Japan. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Uniglory Shipping SA.

A third crew member of bulk carrier Globe Electra (IMO 9483827) tested positive for the Covid-19 virus on August 21st and was transported to the Townsville University Hospital, Queensland, Australia. The ship had arrived in Townsville on August 14th after two crew members showed symptoms. 2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 43,834 gt Globe Electra is owned by Electra Maritime Inc care of manager Sea Globe Management & Trading Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Electra Maritime Inc.

After the port of Trapani in Sicily refused permission for Passenger/Cargo RoRo Aurelia (IMO 7602120) to dock, the vessel sought to dock in Augusta on the same island, but was refused. The vessel has 273 migrants on board, of whom at least 20 were thought to be carrying Covid-19. For the moment the ferry remains off the coast of Sicily. 1980-built, Cyprus-flagged, 21,518 gt Aurelia is owned by Marinvest SRL care of Snav SpA of Naples, Italy. It is managed by MSC Shipmanagement of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European division) on behalf of Marinvest Srl.