Marine accident round-up : 27th May 2020

Container ship Seaspan Lahore (IMO 9301811) was reported to have caused a fuel spill on May 24th at the container terminal of Total International Algeciras (TTIA) in the port of Algeciras. The Maritime Authority of Algeciras set a bail of €84,000 and detained the vessel at the Isla Verde dock. The ship was said to have suffered a crack in her hull. The investigation of the oil spill was ongoing. The cleaning teams of Gabarras & Servicios were deployed by the Port Authority. All the spilled fuel has been removed. The ship remained boomed off.

2006-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 39,941 gt Seaspan Lahore is owned by Seaspan 1543 Ltd care of manager Seaspan Ship Management Ltd of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Seaspan 1543 Ltd. It is entered for H&M WAR with Beazley Syndicate 623, and for H&M with Gard AS.

Crude oil tanker Medan (IMO 9002207) was boarded by pirates while anchored in the waters of Batu Ampar in Batam, Indonesia on May 17th. Indonesia’s Fleet One Quick Response Team (F1QR) arrested the perpetrators on May 22nd. They admitted to the crime after they were found with evidence connecting them to the incident. 1991-built, Cook Islands-flagged, 80,000 gt Medan is owned by Dayuan Holdings Corp care of Jin Hao Ship Management Co Ltd of Taipei City, Taiwan.

Bulk carrier Unity Explorer (IMO 9726035) was boarded by pirates/robbers on May 16th while she was berthed at the port of Douala, Cameroon. They broke the padlock on the forecastle store and stole ship property. The crew was reported safe. The ship left Douala on May 22nd. 2016-built, Bahamas-flagged, 35,898 gt Unity Explorer is owned by Unity Explorer Ltd care of manager Dao Shipping Ltd of London, UK. ISM manager is Anglo-Eastern UK Ltd of Glasgow, UK. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Unity Explorer Ltd.

Cargo ship Maersk Regensburg (IMO 9332676) was illegally boarded by one individual on May 25th at the Banana Anchorage, three miles from shore in Congo The duty crew on deck spotted the intruder on board removing lashing from a deck. The alarm was raised, and the crew mustered. The intruder fled the vessel in a small boat with an outboard motor. One container had one lashing bar removed. All attempts to contact Pilot/shore by VHF 16 failed. All crew members were reported safe. 2006-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 9.957 gt Maersk Regensburg is owned by Maersk Shipping Hong Kong Ltd care of manager Maersk AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Maersk AS.

A further 16 crew members on cruise ship Costa Magica (IMO 9239795), which is moored in the port of Ancona on the Italian Adriatic, have tested positive for Covid-19, adding to 49 crew members who had already tested positive. Of the 617 people who arrived at the port on April 28th 431 remained on board. There are 95 Filipino crew scheduled for repatriation in early June, followed by 32 crew to be taken to South America. 2004-built, Italy-flagged, 102,784 gt Costa Magica is owned and managed by Costa Crociere SpA of Genoa, Italy. ISM manager is Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual, UK Club and Gard. It is entered for H&M and H&M WAR with Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group.