Marine accident round-up : 26th May 2020

The San Francisco Fire Department saved the famous WWII-era Liberty Ship Jeremiah O’Brien from a four-alarm fire that broke out on Pier 45 in a crab processing plant during the morning of Saturday May 23rd. The flames and smoke could be seen for miles around the Bay Area. SFFD Fireboat 3 arrived on scene and provided water monitor coverage for the Jeremiah O’Brian. “When firefighters arrived, the flames were literally lapping over the Jeremiah O’Brien” said SFFD spokesman Jonathan Baxter. The fire was contained after about seven hours. It did not spread to the adjacent warehouses on the pier. The vessel’s operator is the National Liberty Ship Memorial.

Fishing vessel Charo (IMO 8107646) reported three crew members with symptoms of coronavirus on May 20th. One of them had difficulty breathing and was considered an emergency. The fishing vessel diverted to Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia where she anchored in the Marquesas archipelago in the uninhabited bay of Haahopu in the northwest of the island. A medical team was dispatched by boat to carry out tests and consultations on the crew. 1984-built, Ecuador-flagged, 2,384 gt Charo is owned by Isabel Ecuatoriana care of manager Conservas Garavilla SA of Bermeo (Bizkaia), Spain.

Bulk carrier Atlantic Tulum (IMO 9403035) allided with a pier at Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, during the afternoon of May 19th while proceeding to her berth with the assistance of a tug. The ship’s bow was damaged, as was the pier. The vessel berthed at the Sociedad Portuana de Caldera Terminal that evening.

2008-built, Singapore-flagged, 32,379 gt Atlantic Tulum is owned by Atlantic Tlum Pte Ltd care of manager Pacific Carriers Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Asia) on behalf of Atlantic Tulum Pte Ltd.