Marine accident round-up : 28th February 2019

Cargo ship Heina (IMO 9310410) suffered a crack in the port side hull, while approaching the Juan De Fuca Strait, British Columbia during the evening of February 17th The vessel was being held offshore until an assessment was done by a classification society, a repair plan developed and a suitable tug was available to escort the vessel into the Juan De Fuca Strait. On February 21st the ship moored off Vancouver. 2005-built Norway-flagged, 39,736 gt Heina is owned by Mowinckel Dry AS care of manager Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi of Bergen, Norway. ISM manager is Thome Ship Management Pte of Singapore. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Mowinckel Dry AS.

The recovery of the located cargo of the lost 342 containers from container ship MSC Zoe (IMO 9703318) in the German territory of the North Sea commenced on February 21st. The Atlantic Tonjer and a survey ship of the Seazip located several parts of debris in the outer Ems. 45 possible locations of containers and 345 of cargo remains have been pinpointed. ROVs will identify the suspected cargo remains prior to recovery work. Some14% of the lost cargo was presumed to be in German waters, with the remainder in Dutch waters, where about 1,000 tons have been recovered. 2015-built, Panama-flagged, 192,237 gt MSC Zoe is owned by Xiangxing International Ship Lease Co Ltd care of Mediterranean Shipping Co SA of Geneva, Switzerland. ISM manager is Mediterranean Shipping Co of Naples, Italy. It is entered with West of England on behalf of Xiangxing International Ship Lease Co Ltd.

Motor hopper Vlaanderen VII (IMO 9198173) allided with the wooden pierhead at the port of Blankenberge, damaging fenders and breaking off poles, late on February 20th. The jetty was partially closed while damage to the structure was assessed. The shipping police conducted a further research in cooperation with the Maritime Services and Coast Agency (MDK). Some beams were broken and some of the railing had also been demolished. The ship itself suffered little damage and was able to continue its dredging work in the port channel. There was no hindrance to other ships that intended to enter the port. The local police called for caution by walkers and cyclists, but the stability of the jetty was not at risk. 1998-built, Belgium-flagged, 941 gt Vlaanderen VII is owned and managed by Decloedt En Zoon NV of Ostend, Belgium. ISM manager is Deme Group of Zwijndrecht, Belgium. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Dredging Environmental And Marine Engineering NV.

General cargo ship Naci Atabey (IMO 9006435) suffered a cargo damage claim, and an arrest order was issued by the local court on February 9th. The vessel’s departure permission from Catania, where the ship had arrived, coming from Chioggia was cancelled by the harbour master until the ship was released again. The vessel remained stationary on February 24th. 1992-built, Panama-flagged, 1,382 gt Naci Atabey is owned by Sunday Shipping & Trading Co care of manager AR Shipping & Trading of Istanbul, Turkey.