A crack 1m in length was observed in the hull off the FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro (IMO 8506684) during the afternoon of August 23rd, with ensuing water ingress in the tanks. The FPSO has not been operational since 2018 and was scheduled to be relocated from the Campos Basin oil field, about 70 miles off the Brazilian coast. All 54 workers left the storage tanker on August 23rd. About 1.2 tons of oil residues were reported to have leaked through cracks into the waters of the South Atlantic Ocean. On August 26th the length of the cracks appeared to have increased.
1986-built, Bahamas-flagged, 146,575 gt Cidade do Rio de Janeiro is owned by Espadarte MV 14 BV care of manager Modec International Inc of Houston, Texas, USA. ISM manager is Modec Inc of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig (P&I Cover MOU Operators) – on behalf of Espadarte MV14 BV.
Bulk carrier ESL Dolphin (IMO 9520716) and cargo ship Free State (IMO 9386392) collided while crossing the Dardanelles strait early on August 25th. The ships suffered slight damage. Two tugs and a lifeboat were sent to assist. Free State was en route from King Abdullah Port in Saudi Arabia to Burgas, Bulgaria, while ESL Dolphin was ballasting from Eren, Turkey, to Gibraltar. The ships moored at Sevketiye anchorage for investigations.
2011-built, Panama-flagged, 93,228 gt ESL Dolphin is owned and managed by Blue Dolphin Navigation Co of Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu, China. ISM manager is Trust Maritime Services Pte of Singapore. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team Hong Kong) on behalf of Blue Dolphin Navigation Co Ltd.
2008-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 32,379 gt Free State is owned by Free State Shipping Co care of manager New Horizon Shipmanagement SA of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team Greece) on behalf of Free State Shipping Co.
The Chernomorets-11 (IMO 8933681) ran aground on August 20th during construction work in the port area of Gelendzhik, Black Sea, Russia. The vessel was breached, suffered water ingress and developed a starboard list of five degrees, and the crane fell to deck level, with the body of the crane underwater. Tug Zenit headed from Novorossiysk to the scene and assisted rescue services in preventing the vessel from flooding. Cement boxes were installed and welding of the underwater and internal parts of the vessel’s hull was carried out. Rescuers sealed all the ship’s compartments and as a result, the water inflow was stemmed. Chernomorets-11 was towed to the port of Geledzhik and berthed to be monitored for any further water ingress and possible pollution. 1971-built, Russia-flagged, 883 gt Chernomorets-11 is owned and managed by Sochimorstroy Co Ltd of Krasnodarskiy kray, Russia.
The North-Western Office for Criminal Investigations in the Transport Segment of Russia’s Investigation Committee said that the Saint-Petersburg Transport Investigation Department has initiated a criminal case as a result of a fire onboard passenger ship Pyotr Tchaikovsky, moored at the Oktyabrskaya Embankment in Saint-Petersburg. It has been charged with improper operation of water transport, resulting inadvertently in the death of an engineer in the fire which broke out in the man’s cabin around dawn on August 22nd. The ship was berthed alongside a river cruise ship on the Oktyabrskaya Embankment, which made access difficult for the firefighters and rescue services. The engineer died on the way to hospital from injuries caused by the fire. More than 200 passengers and 80 crew members were evacuated. The fire was extinguished within an hour. The passengers of the neighbouring ship were also evacuated too, but returned after an hour, and their cruise continued as scheduled.
Four people died and another is missing after a collision between two motorboats off southern Philippine Maguindanao province during the evening of Saturday August 24th. The accident happened in Rio Grande de Mindanao, the largest river in Mindanao. The bodies of the four, who all died from drowning, were recovered on Sunday. The larger vessel was reported to have been hit by the smaller boat on the Sultan Kudarat side of the river. All passengers and boat operators were thrown off the wooden vessels. Those who survived mostly swam to the riverbank. Others were rescued by other boats.