Marine accident round-up : 28th August 2018

A crane accident during the afternoon of August 23rd in Eemshaven in Groningen, Netherlands, injured four people when a cargo was being lifted aboard offshore support vessel Pacific Osprey (IMO 9621704) at the quay, significantly damaging the vessel. The boom of a shore based mobile crane broke during the lifting operation and fell onto the ship and the quay. One man was seriously injured while the other three suffered minor injuries. A fifth man was said to be suffering from shock. The crane was undergoing maintenance at the time of the incident. The vessel was reportedly working on EnBW’s 497MWHohe See offshore wind project in the German North Sea. 2012-built, Cyprus-flagged, 24,586 gt Pacific Osprey is owned by Swire Pacific Offshore Cyprus care of manager Swire Blue Ocean AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Offshore division) on behalf of Swire Pacific Offshore (Cyprus) Ltd.

General cargo ship Havgløtt (IMO 6903034) ran aground off Askevågen in the afternoon of August 23rd at Hustadvika, Norway, becoming stuck. None of the four people on board was injured. They were taken off the vessel and transported to shore by lifeboat. The lifeboat pulled the vessel afloat with the next high tide. After being refloated she headed for Aukra, Norway. 1968-built, Norway-flagged, 811 gt Havglott is owned by Alutrans AS and managed by Torhus Shipping AS, both of Molde, Norway. It is entered with Hydor on behalf of Torhus Shipping.

Hundreds of passengers on board passenger ship Waverley (IMO 5386954) were left stranded on August 25th when it broke down in the middle of the Clyde, Scotland due to a problem with boiler controls. The ship was stuck between Greenock and Helensburgh for several hours but later made it to Greenock, where specialist engineers tried to repair the ship. 1947-built, UK-flagged, 693 gt Waverley is owned and managed by Waverley Steam Navigation Co of Glasgow, UK. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of Waverley Steam Navigation Co.

Crude oil tanker Front Ocelot (IMO 9726580) was in collision with fishing vessel Nordskov – AS 238 north-north-east of Anholt during the afternoon of August 23rd. The tanker did not sustain any damages and continued its voyage from Antwerp to Prorsk, with an ETA of August 28th. The fishing vessel suffered slight damage was sailed to the port of Grenaa. The incident was being investigated by the Danish police. 2016-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 62,700 gt Front Ocelot is owned by Front Aphrodite Inc care of Frontline Management AS of Oslo, Norway. ISM manager is Seateam Management Inc of Singapore. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Front Aphrodite Inc.

All the passengers and some crew members and luggage were taken off grounded cruise ship Akademic Ioffe (IMO 8507731) on August 25th and transferred to sister vessel, Akademik Sergey Vavilov in northern Canada while en route to Kugaaruk. Other crew members on the damaged vessel stayed behind following the transfer of passengers. The transfer operation took place after the vessel was refloated late on August 24th. The ship was floating free, but anchored, in a stable situation. No pollution has been observed. 1989-built, Russia-flagged, 6,450 gt Akademik Ioffe is owned and managed by the Shirshov Institute, Moscow, Russia.

Bulk carrier Gleamstar (IMO 9537733) ran aground shortly after midday on August 24th on the Paraná at river km 317, sailing upstream from Santa Marta to San Nicolas. The ship blocked the fairway and two tugs were called from Rosario during the morning of August 25th to refloat the grounded ship. 2011-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 41,342 gt Gleamstar is owned by Longford Developments care of manager Gleamray Maritime of Athens, Greece. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Longford Developments Ltd.