Marine accident round-up : 28th July 2020

The search for missing bulk carrier Nur Allya (IMO 9245237), which is presumed to have sunk, was resumed on July 11th by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, the National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) and the owner of the vessel. A maritime survey was carried out by research vessel Baruna Jaya IV which is equipped with several advanced equipment such as the multibeam echosounder (MBES), to possibly locate the vessel. If nothing is found the search will end on July 26th. Only a liferaft, a lifebuoy and an oil slick were found by the teams at sea and in the air after the Indonesian-flagged ship went missing, her last contact being on August 20th 2019. It is thought that the ship, carrying nickel ore, went down near Obi island in the North Maluku region of the Indonesian archipelago. 2002-built, Indonesia-flagged, 30,089 gt Nur Allya is owned and managed by Gurita Lintas Samudera PT of Jakarta, Indonesia. At the time of its disappearance it was entered with Standard Club (Standard Asia Division) on behalf of PT Gurita Lintas Samudera. It is no longer recorded as insured.

The crew and passengers of fishing vessel San Aotea II (IMO 9057111) will be forced to spend up to four days on board the vessel once it reaches Timaru, New Zealand, to satisfy Covid-19 regulations. The vessel is returning from the Falkland Islands. Those on board will not be allowed to step off at Timaru’s port until they had been on the ship for a full 28 days since leaving the Falkland Islands, Covid-19 testing was done and paperwork had been completed. They are expected to arrive on August 1st, a day before the 28-day period had finished. Test results are not likely to be returned before August 4th. The San Aotea II left Timaru on June 6th for what was expected to be a 50-day mission to retrieve 15 Kiwi fisherman from the San Aspiring (IMO 9226528) which was left stranded in the Southern Atlantic after Covid-19 left them with no other viable way to get home.

1993-built, New Zealand-flagged, 1,079 gt San Aotea II is owned and managed by Sanford Ltd of Auckland, New Zealand.

2001-built, New Zealand-flagged, 1,508 gt San Aspiring is also owned and managed by Sanford Ltd of Auckland, New Zealand.

A crew member on Passenger/Cargo RoRo Margrete Læsø (IMO 9139438) showed symptoms of coronavirus during the night of July 24th while the vessel was crossing between Frederikshavn and Læsø, Denmark. The man was isolated in a cabin and all passengers were registered with name and contact information before they were allowed to leave the ferry. The crew member developed a high fever and remained isolated in the cabin during the return trip to Frederikshavn, where he was picked up by an ambulance and driven away in isolation. Crew members who had worked closely with him have been sent home to await health authorities’ instructions and result of the test. On July 25th the company advised that the test result was negative. 1996-built, Denmark-flagged, 3,688 gt Margrete Laeso is owned and managed by Laeso Kommune of Laeso, Denmark.

An oil spill caused by a ship collision has contaminated the waters off the southwestern coast of South Korea, the Korea Coast Guard said last Thursday July 23rd. The accident occurred during the afternoon of July 21st near a seawall construction site at a port in the southwestern island of Gageo, South Jeolla Province. A 78-ton tugboat at the site crashed into a 800-ton barge, subsequently sinking, the Mokpo office of the Korea Coast Guard reported. The tugboat was carrying 24 tons of oil. The Coast Guard, the county office and environmental activists have so far managed to clean up about eight tons of oil. “We’re concerned as the spilt oil can affect nearby fish farms and fishing operations,” an official at the Sinan county government said. Coast Guard authorities believe that the tug was holed after not being able to withstand the impact due to its old age. The boat was salvaged on Thursday and will be inspected to investigate the cause of the accident. “The owner of the vessel argues that it had passed a safety test, but we’re planning to review how a 60-year-old tugboat was used in the construction site in the beginning,” a Coast Guard official said.

One of the crew members on board container ship Rio Barrow (IMO 9216999) tested positive for Covid-19 after the vessel arrived at the port of San Vicente, Spain, on July 23rd. He was transferred to a medical residence, the Hotel Petra. The ship was put into quarantine with 22 people on board. Among the four pilots who manoeuvred the vessel to port, three were in a medical residence and another at home. The external and internal part of the ship was sanitized. The ship must quarantine 40nm from the San Vicente Terminal Internacional port. 2001-built, Liberia-flagged, 65,059 gt Rio Barrow is owned by Rio Barrow Schiffahrts care of manager Harper Petersen Holding of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Rio Barrow” Schifffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co KG.

Cruise ship Marella Celebration (IMO 8027298) moored in the Bay of Eleusis, Greece, on July 14th and has been renamed ‘Mare’. Thought to be a possible candidate for demolition. 1984-built, Malta-flagged, 33,933 gt Marella Celebration is owned by TUI UK Ltd care of Columbia Ship Management of Limassol, Cyprus. ISM manager is Columbia Cruise Services GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with UK Club (Aerea Group E1 EMEA) on behalf of TUI UK Ltd.