Marine accident round-up : 28th May 2020

The Bulgarian captain of cargo ship Tommi Ritscher (IMO 9656137)  and eight of his crew, who were kidnapped along with seven other sailors by pirates off the coast of Benin last month, have been freed.

The eight crew members of Tommi Ritscher containership and the captain were kidnapped by a group of pirates on April 19th (IMN, April 23rd) while the vessel was within the Cotonou anchorage area, West Africa. The freed crew members were understood to be Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Filipino.

The captain was already in an European country and would soon return to Bulgaria, the Bulgarian authorities said, adding that it had been in close coordination with the ship’s owners.

When the attack occurred 11 of the crew managed to flee to the citadel, but eight did not make it. Nigerian forces were notified and arrived quickly, along with three Benin Navy patrol boats, but a stand-off then ensued.

2014-built, Portugal-flagged, 48,338 gt Tommi Ritscher is owned by Woollerton Shipping Pte Ltd care of manager Transete Schiffahrt GmbH of Jork Niederelbe, Germany. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Woollerton Shipping Pte. Ltd,

Six crew members of livestock carrier Al Kuwait (IMO 9590931), which had docked in Fremantle, Western Australia, have tested positive for Covid-19 and have been quarantined at a hotel in Perth. The remaining 42 crew members are having regular health checks. Western Australia premier Mark McGowan said that he suspected it more than likely that more crew members might become infected. “This is an extremely concerning situation that we find ourselves in”, he said.

Hopper dredger Bhagvati Prem (IMO 9492115) which was beached by New Mangalore Port Trust on Surathkal beach after water ingress in the engine room on Oct 28th 2019, was likely to remain in situ until at least after the monsoon season 2020. The Bhagvati Prem grounded to avoid sinking on the lines of another dredger, the Tridev Prem which got lost 2.5 nautical miles away from the shore on September 3rd 2019. NMPT and the Indian Director General of Shipping had asked the owner of the two vessel to safely remove both the vessels, but apparently without any response. Consequently NMPT was in the process of auctioning the Bhagvati Prem. The public notice for auction of the vessel was issued in April. Government auctioneer MSTC is scheduled to conduct the auction, but the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the process. The dredger is stuck broadside on the Surathkal beach. 2007-built, India-flagged, 7,256 gt Bhagvati Prem is owned and managed by Mercator Ltd of Mumbai, India.

Chemical/oil products tanker  Stena Premium (IMO 9413523) has remained quarantined at Cabedelo, Brazil since April 24th, with 27 crew on board. Twelve crew tested positive for coronavirus, They all remained on board. The Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency ANVISA will run antibody tests on the crew. The ship’s master was reported to have demanded that authorities find a solution and free the tanker. ANVISA said that the tanker would probably be allowed to leave with “infected asymptomatic ” crew, while those who’re found not to be fully “asymptomatic”, would be moved to a hotel.

2011-built, Bermuda-flagged, 36,168 gt Stena Premium is owned by CM P-MAX X Ltd care of manager Concordia Maritime AS of Gothenburg, Sweden. ISM manager is Northern Marine Management Ltd of Clydebank, UK. It is entered with Swedish Club (Gothenburg Team) on behalf of CM P-MAX X Ltd

Container ship Cosco Sao Paulo (IMO 9484388) arrived at Cape Town outer anchorage from Durban on May 25th and was anchored in rough weather. The ship experienced a heavy roll but was not allowed to enter port because she had apparently suffered a fire in one of cargo holds early on May 25th. It was also reported that she might have lost some containers while anchored. She was then taken to Cape Town, where she berthed during the morning of May 26th. 2013-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 40,465 gt Cosco Sao Paulo is owned by Cosco Sao Paulo Maritime Ltd care of manager Cosco Shipping Lines Co Ltd of Shanghai, China. USM manager is Shanghai Ocean Shipping Co of Shanghai, China. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Team Hong Kong) on behalf of Cosco Sao Paulo Maritime Ltd.

Bulk carrier Casta Diva (IMO 9492359) collided with Chinese bulk carrier Ming Lian (IMO 9579444) during the early morning of May 20th Beijing time. Casta Diva left Shanghai and was proceeding to sea after disembarking the pilot. Ming Lian was sailing in WNW direction to Rizhao in the Yellow sea north of Shanghai. Ming Lian was alleged to have breached ColReg and as a result was struck by the bow of the Casta Diva, sustaining hull breaches. Casta Diva is about six times bigger than Ming Lian. Casta Diva left anchorage early in the morning of May 26th, heading for Hua Feng for repairs, ETA later the same day.

2011-built, Malta-flagged, 91,373 gt Casta Diva is owned by Searange Management Ltd care of manager Marine Trust Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with London Club  on behalf of Searange Management Ltd.

2011-built, China-flagged, 21,744 gt Ming Lian is owned and managed by Fuzhou Huaming Shipping Co of Fuzhou, Fujian, China.

Fire erupted on board general cargo ship San Trela (IMO 6602977) early in the morning of May 25th while she was docked at Almeria, Spain. The fire was quickly extinguished by fire engines, but reappeared three hours later, meaning that firefighters had to be called again. The fire was then permanently extinguished. The ship was understood to be either abandoned or in lay-up – possibly being prepared for auction. 1965-built, 499 gt San Trela is listed as being owned and managed by Ocean International Shipping Ltd of Mouson Street, Athens, Greece.

“Adults only” cruise line Virgin Voyages, scheduled to have launched earlier this year, will now begin operations on October 16th at the earliest, it has said.