Marine accident round-up : 28th June 2022

The Indian Coast Guard deployed six vessels and two Dornier aircraft in its effort to check marine pollution from submerged cargo ship Princess Miral (IMO 9016727), which sank on June 23rd. The ICD was mapping and combating oil spill in the area. Two vessels from local resource agencies were also being used. The vessel was carrying 220 tonnes of fuel when it sank. The ICG was is coordinating with the state administration, pollution control board, New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) to prevent any threat of large scale oil spill from the sunken vessel. Only a minor sheen of oil, thought to be from engine bilges and dirty water tanks, had been observed to date. Pollution control vessel ICGS Samudra Pavak has sailed from Porbandar with an ETA of June 25th. The entire area was being monitored for any marine pollution. Meanwhile the ICG has handed over the 15 crew members of the ship to Panambur police station. No AIS since June 19th.

1990-built, Belize-flagged, 5,552 gt Princess Miral is owned by Five Oceans Administration Inc care of manager 7 Ocean Shipping Co of Mersin, Turkey.

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has stopped former RNLI lifeboat Aurora SAR from rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean. The boat served the RNLI for 25 years before being sold to UK charity Search and Rescue Relief. On May 29th it rescued 85 people, who were sailing from Libya to Europe, when they were off the North African coast. Their fiberglass boat began to sink. Italian authorities gave the crew permission to take the migrants to Lampedusa, where they disembarked on June 2nd. Two days later the MCA sent the charity an order banning the Aurora SAR from going to sea, stating that it was operating beyond the geographical limits of the UK Lifeboat Code under which it is certified. The MCA took action after the Italian Maritime Authority contacted them over concerns about the boat’s certification. On April 28th the Italian maritime authorities had confirmed the boat was operating within the Italian SAR organization. The MCA worked with the owner to assist with advice on the relevant certifications this vessel must operate under. In order to continue the operation of the code, the owner must have the approval of the Italian Maritime Authority as the coordinating authority for SAR in this region.

After a technical failure at Syros Island on May 7th and its subsequent towage to Piraeus on May 16th, passenger/vehicle RoRo Olympos (IMO 7432733) was berthed at a repair pier and a detailed damage survey carried out by the attended surveyor, together with the owner’s superintendent. Subsequently, permanent repairs have commenced by shore-based technical teams as per the class surveyor’s recommendations. The ferry remained stationary at Piraeus as of June 24th.

1976-built Cyprus-flagged, 12,338 gt Olympus is owned and managed by Sea Speed Lines Shipping Co of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Shipowners Club on behalf of Sea Speed Lines Shipping Co.