Marine accident round-up : 27th January 2022

General cargo ship Manassa Rose M (IMO 8204676) ran aground early in the morning January 25th, in bad weather, in Kissamos Bay on the north-west coast of Crete. It was en route from Iskenderun, Turkey to Misrata, Libya (ETA was January 26th) with a cargo of steel. According to as yet unconfirmed reports the ship broke in two, having tried to find shelter from a storm, but instead running aground on the beach. All 10 crew were rescued, of whom two were reported as hospitalized due to hypothermia. She’s loaded with cargo of steel. The Port Authority of Chania was informed by the JRCC of the Greek Coast Guard. Shore base forces of the Port Authority were immediately mobilized to the scene, and the assistance of nearby vessels was requested. Oil booms and anti-pollution measures were put on standby.

1982-built, 3,010 gt Manassa Rose M is owned by Sward Marine Co SA care of Cedar Marine Services SAL of Tripoli, Lebanon. It is managed by International Marine Shipping of Damietta, Egypt.

A hydrochloric acid leak in a drum aboard bulk carrier Taihua Star (IMO 9384851) at the port of Timaru on January 25th resulted in one person being treated as a precaution after inhaling fumes. The ship’s crew was evacuated. Four fire engines and a Hazardous Material unit responded and cleared the liquid from the container. A decontamination wash process was underway. The vessel had arrived from Tauranga on January 22nd and was scheduled to depart for Korea on January 27th. As of January 26th the vessel was still moored at Timaru.

2007-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 16,951 gt Taihua Star is owned by Eaglehill Trading Ltd care of manager Pacific Basin Shipping (HK) Ltd of Hong Kong, China. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Eaglehill Trading Ltd.

Cargo ship MSC Emily II (IMO 9236444) ran aground at Karachi port early on January 20th after its steering mechanism malfunctioned and it veered off course. Three tugs were sent to refloat the ship, but their first attempt has failed due to unsuitable tides. The ship did not disrupt traffic. The vessel was freed before noon and berthed at the Karachi International Container Terminal. It had left the port of Mundra on January 19th. As of January 25th the vessel was recorded as being at Karachi Port, but underway using engine. Its next destination was not specified.

2003-built, Liberia-flagged, 16,802 gt MSC Emily II is owned by Robert Shipping & Trading Ltd care of MSC Shipmanagement Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Conglomerate Maritime Ltd.

After repair attempts on cargo ship Sum (IMO 9005467) at Fethiye anchorage failed, tug Ocean Ergun (IMO 7222102) was contracted to tow the vessel to its final destination, Iskenderun. The vessel had suffered an engine failure off the island of Rhodes on December 28th 2021. The towage operation commenced on January 19th and the vessel arrived at Iskenderun as of Jan 22. As of January 24th the vessel was at Ceyhan Anchorage, Turkey.

1991-built, Panama-flagged, 3,493 gt Sum is owned and managed by Sum Shipping & Trading Ltd of Majuro, Marshall Islands. ISM manager is Hanem Denizcilik of Istanbul, Turkey.

Chemical tanker Sarah Wonsild (IMO 9010943) was reported to have suffered a minor incident on January 19th that had ruptured a tank loaded with 1-heptene while the vessel was moored and unloaded at the Vopak Terminal Europoort. It has now arrived at Gdansk, apparently to undertake for repairs. As of January 26th the vessel had just arrived at Gdansk.

1994-built. Italy-flagged, 2,349 gt Sarah Wonsild is owned and managed by Etnea Marittima Srl of Parma, Italy. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Marittima Etnea Srl.