Marine accident round-up : 26th May 2022

Offshore support vessel Crest Tarasco (IMO 9756638) was boarded by five pirates armed with rifles at around midnight local time May 22nd, off the Tabasco coast, Mexico, Gulf of Mexico. The pirates were said to have fired several shots, while the crew and staff mustered in the ship’s citadel. The pirates spent some 45 minutes looting the ship before leaving on their small boat. Nobody was injured.

2016-built, Mexico-flagged, 6,992 gt Crest Tarasco is owned by Radiance Alliance Pte Ltd care of manager Strato Maritime Services Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is CR Offshore Sapi De CV of Ciudad del Carmen, CAM, Mexico. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Offshore Business Unit) on behalf of Enav Offshore Mexico, S de RL de CV. As of May 25th it was listed as being in the Gulf Of Mexico with Restricted Manoeuvrability.

The US Coast Guard medevaced a man on May 18th from bulk carrier Lacta (IMO 9502362) when it was about 130 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, en route from New Orleans to Houston. USCG Sector Houston-Galveston received a medevac request on May 17th at 19:27 local time from the vessel, stating that a 20-year-old man aboard was experiencing complications from high blood pressure. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac. A USCG helicopter crew rendezvoused with the vessel, hoisted the man and transferred him to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where he was in a stable condition. As of May 25th the vessel was underway from Houston, Texas, to Lagos, Portugal, ETA June 15th.

2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 33,096 gt Lacta is owned by Clarity Shipping Corp care of Diligent Holdings SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Swedish Club (Piraeus Team) on behalf of Clarity Shipping Corp.

Deck cargo ship Lotos (IMO 8931279) struck berthed general cargo ship Vyacheslav Anisimov (IMO 9004463) in Ulysses Bay, Port Vladivostok, Russia on May 22nd, while the tanker was manoeuvring to moor. The Vyacheslav Anisimov sustained a hull breach or breaches in the fuel tank area, and a diesel oil leak was reported. As of May 23, Vyacheslav Anisimov remained in the same position. Understood tanker sustained slight or no damages.

1981-built, Russia-flagged, 183 gt Lotos is owned and managed by Morskiye Ekologicheskiye of Vladivostok, Russia. No recent AIS.

1991-built, Russia-flagged, 6,030 gt Vyacheslav Anisimov is owned by Halewood Shipping Inc care of Azia Shipping Holding Ltd of Nicosia, Cyprus. ISM manager is Azia Shipping Co of Vladivostok, Russia. As of May 25th the vessel was underway from Vladivostok to Petropavlovsk, ETA May 31st.

Crude Oil Tanker Lana (IMO 9256860) , which had been detained in Greece since April 15th due to sanctions against Russia, was being emptied of its cargo of Iranian oil through a ship-to-ship transfer. The oil has been seized by the US, not because of the sanctions against Russia, but because of those against the Iran. The US Department of Justice chartered a tanker from the Greek Dynacom to emptying the Lana of its cargo of Iranian oil, which will subsequently be shipped to the US. The vessel itself  was awaiting a court ruling in Greece on the detention, which was based on sanctions against certain Russian companies and individuals. During the time of the detention the ship had formally changed owner to a non-sanctioned company.

2003-built, Iran-flagged, 61,991 gt Lana is owned and managed by Transmorflot Inc of Akhty, Russia (Equasis information). As of May 25th the vessel was at anchorage in Karystos, Aegean Sea.