Marine accident round-up : 27th October 2021

General cargo ship SS Sun (IMO 9135028) was in collision with the Hua Hang Han Ya 2 (IMO 9879545) before dawn on October 25th in the Kurushima Strait off the coast of Imabari City, Japan. One Burmese crew member of the SS Sun was slightly injured, suffering a cut on his face, and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. Both ships remained under command. The SS Sun berthed in Imabari after the accident. The Hua Hang Han Ya 2 moored off the port as of October 26th.

As of October 26th SS Sun was at anchor off Imabari, as was the Hua Hang Han Ya 2.

1996-built, South Korea-flagged, 2,341 gt SS Sun is owned by Sean Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Sung Kyung Maritime Co Ltd (SK Maritime) of Busan, South Korea.

2019-built, China-flagged, 7,635 gt Hua Hang Han Ya 2 is owned and managed by Wuhan New Port Datong International of Wuhan, Hubei, China. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team Hong Kong) on behalf of Wuhan New Port Datong International Shipping Co Ltd.

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Chemical/oil products tanker Chem Alya (IMO 9486166) ran aground off the westernmost tip of the Isle of Wight, UK during the afternoon of October 25th, shortly after leaving Fawley. Apparently the tanker veered off fairway. No damages reported. Tanker is bound for Alexandria Egypt. As of October 26th the vessel was at anchor of the north-west coast of the Isle of Wight.

2009-built, Liberia-flagged, 11,939 gt Chem Alya is owned by Chem Alya SA care of manager ASM Maritime BV of Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Chem Alya SA.

Cargo ship Calumet (IMO 7329134) was caught in strong winds and as a result was pushed out of the fairway of the Saginaw River in the Bay City area, Michigan, during the evening of October 21st. The accident happened while the vessel was en route from Detroit to Saginaw with a cargo of 19,000 tons of limestone. The vessel became stuck in the embankment, and all traffic lanes through the river, as well as passage on the Lake State Railroad Bridge were blocked. A tug was called to assist in refloating the vessel during the morning of October 22nd. No damage or injuries were reported.

The US Coast Guard medevaced a man from fishing boat Patricia Lee (IMO 7809455) on October 19th when the vessel was about 200 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor, Amaknak Island, Alaska. Watchstanders in the 17th District command centre in Juneau received the medevac request during the mid-afternoon. The master reported that a crew member had sustained serious injuries to his pelvic region after becoming pinned by a crab pot about 225 miles west of Dutch Harbor. Command Centre personnel launched a helicopter from Cold Bay while the Patricia Lee made way toward Dutch Harbor. A USCG C-130 Hercules aircraft crew and an additional MH-60 Jayhawk aircraft crew were launched from Air Station Kodiak to provide back up. The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter hoisted the injured fisherman at about 23:50 that night. He was flown to Dutch Harbor and placed in the care of LifeMed personnel.

1978-built, USA-flagged, 195 gt Patricia Lee is owned by Patricia Lee LLC-AK care of manager Siu Alaska Corp of Anchorage, Alaska, USA. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Patricia Lee LLC.