Marine accident round-up : 27th October 2023

For more than a week heavy load carrier Zhen Hua 15 (IMO 8714970) had to wait emigration clearance for its crew to unload cranes at Vizhinjam Port. Because the technical staff were unable to secure clearance, the cranes remained onbard. Due to rough seas, the initial plans to unload them on Oct 17th were cancelled. On October 18th the conditions were ideal, but nothing happened as the authorities did not grant permission for the technical staff to go ashore. The ship had been scheduled to leave port on October 21st. In fact it did not leave until October 26th.

1989-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 39,771 gt Zhen Hua 15 is owned by Zhen Hua 15 Shipping – HKG care of manager Shanghai Zhenhua Shipping Co Ltd of Shanghai, China. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Zhen Hua 15 Shipping (Hong Kong) Co Ltd. As of October 26th the vessel was finally allowed to depart, and was en route to Shanghai.

There was a flood on the Carnival Radiance (IMO 9172648) on October 17th with significant water accumulation in the hallway. The incident occurred during the first night of a four-night cruise out of Long Beach, California. The ship had departed Long Beach the evening before en route to Catalina Island, followed by Ensenada, Mexico on October 18th. At 02:00 water was gushing into a stateroom on the Empress Deck (Deck 7), with hallways and floors so soaked that the water was pooling on top of the carpet. Nearly a dozen crew members were busy in the hallway with cleanup efforts, using specialized vacuums and squeegees to contain the deluge. A makeshift plastic curtain has also put in place to help block the area from additional water spray. Passengers in the affected area were moved to different staterooms. The incident appeared confined to Deck 7. The ship returned to Long Beach as scheduled.

2000-built, Panama-flagged, 102,232 gt Carnival Radiance is owned and managed by Carnival Cruise Line of Doral, Florida. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club. As of October 26th it was travelling from Ensenada, Mexico, to Long beach, California, USA, ETA October 27th.

The Romanian Agency for Saving Life at Sea was requested by the MRCC on October 24th  to medevac a crew member of bulk carrier Nordic London (IMO 9489974), while the vessel was located near the entrance to the Port of Constanța. SAR ship Ares was mobilized and set off at 17:50 local time to pick up the patient. He was brought safely to shore and handed over to a medical team at 19:15. 2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 23,548 gt Nordic London is owned by Blue Drybulk Maritime LLC care of Nordic Hamburg Shipmanagement HK Ltd of Singapore. As of October 26th the vessel was underway off Constanta