Marine accident round-up : 26th November 2021

Gard has reported with great sadness the news of the death of Leif Terje Løddesøl, a former Chairman of the Committee of Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig, at the age of 86. While CEO of Wilh Wilhlemsen ASA he was elected member of the Committee of Assuranceforeningen Gard in 1995 and became Chairman in 1998. He retired from the Committee in 2004. Leif Terje Løddesøl was the Committee’s first Norwegian Chairman. Gard said that he “played a key role in the successful transformation of Gard from a monoline mutual, as it was at the end of the 1990s, into the diversified P&I, Marine and Energy insurance group it is today”.

Severe weather continued to impact British Columbia as the week progressed, and container ship MSC Altair (IMO 9465277) broke away from its moorings during the afternoon of November 24th in Prince Rupert Harbour, British Columbia, Canada, and drifted aground. The ship was refloated with assistance of several tugs, and taken back to berth. No damage was reported. The vessel left Prince Rupert at around midnight, heading for the outer anchorage in Chatham Sound, to wait out the bad weather. Prince Rupert Port Authority confirmed that the vessel was now in the outer Harbour, with a tug escort and a BC Coast Pilot aboard.

2012-built, Liberia-flagged, 141,635 gt MSC Altair is owned by CL Jupiter Ltd of Hong Kong, China. It is managed by MSC Shipmanagement of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Conglomerate Maritime Ltd.

Passenger/RoRo ferry Villa San Giovanni (IMO 7929126) suffered a fire on board on November 22nd, reportedly in engine room, while the vessel was crossing the Messina Strait on its scheduled trip between mainland Italy and Messina, Sicily. Although the crew apparently were able to extinguish the fire, the vessel was disabled and had to be towed to (the mainland location of) Villa San Giovanni. No injuries were reported amongst either crew or passengers. As of November 24th the vessel was moored at Messina.

1980-built, Italy-flagged, 1,888 gt Villa San Giovanni

The US has imposed sanctions on offshore support vessel Marlin (IMO 9396854) because of its involvement in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline In a report sent to Congress on November 22nd the administration designated the Cyprus-based Transadria Ltd, which it believes to be a Russian shell company, over pipeline work done by the Marlin, according to a statement from Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Another vessel, deck cargo ship Blue Ship (IMO 9381990), was cited for its work on the pipeline. However, it was not sanctioned because it belonged to an entity affiliated with the German government. The two vessels were included in a report that the administration is required to send to Congress every 90 days as part of a law that was passed in 2020.

As of November 25th the Marlin was at St Petersburg, having arrived from Mukran in Denmark on November 23rd.

As of November 25th the Blue Ship was moored at Mukran, Denmark.

2008-built, Russia-flagged, 5,974 gt Marlin is owned by Transadria Ltd care of manager Progressive Marine Technology of St Petersburg, Russia.

2006-built, Cyprus-flagged, 3,887 gt Blue Ship is owned by Italteam Shipping Srl of Ravenna, Italy. It is managed by Klima-Und Umweltschutz MV of Schwerin Meckl, Germany.