Marine accident round-up : 28th November 2019

The Chief Engineer of general cargo ship Mariwit (IMO 9459448) was reported missing during the afternoon of November 24th. He was last seen in the engine room when the ship was leaving the port of Penang. An SAR operation was launched, but the 49-year old Chinese national could not be found. The ship arrived at Kemaman Port as scheduled on November 26th. 2009-built, Panama-flagged, 8,576 gt Mariwit is owned by Mega Star Shipping Ltd care of manager Hiromi Shipping Co Ltd of Majuro, Marshall Islands. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo office in charge) on behalf of Mega Star Shipping Ltd.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Salammbo (IMO 9142461) requested medical assistance during the morning of November 25th after two crew members were seriously injured in an accident on board, suffering serious leg wounds. The ship was en route from Genoa to Tunis at the time. She diverted to Cagliari to be met by helicopter. Both injured seamen were hoisted off safely and then transferred to hospital. The ferry resumed her voyage and reached Tunis on November 26th. 1997-built, Tunisia-flagged, 17,907 gt Salammbo is owned and managed by Cie. Tunisienne de Navigation SA (Cotunav) of Tunis, Tunisia. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group E1) on behalf of Cotunav.

The Gozo ferry schedule was impacted after Passenger/Cargo RoRo Malita (IMO 9176321) hit the quay at Imġarr on her afternoon trip between Ċirkewwa and Imġarr on November 25th. The vessel hit the quay with her bow due to strong winds. No one was injured in the accident and passengers and vehicles disembarked from the ship normally. Surveyors began a damage evaluation, deploying divers to check for underwater damage. The vessel is to be taken to the dockyard for repairs. Gozo Channel Co said that it would continue to operate the two other ships but that the schedule would be affected. 2002-built, Malta-flagged, 4,893 gt Malita is owned and managed by Gozo Channel Operations Ltd of Ghajnsielem, Malta.

Work on the extraction of fuel from chemical/oil products tanker Blue Star (IMO 9527764) was continuing on November 26th. Personnel from the salvage company were now on the ship. Shoreside an access was prepared to the cliff for the cisterns that will store the extracted fuel. However, work aboard the tanker had to be suspended for a short while due to bad weather in the area, and the crew was evacuated on the decision of the shipping company. The work will resume as soon as the weather permits. 2011-built, Malta-flagged, 7,386 gt Blue Star is owned by Cappadocia Shipping Ltd care of time charters Team Tankers International Ltd of Hamilton, Bermuda. ISM manager is MTM Ship Management Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European Syndicate) on behalf of Cappadocia Shipping Ltd.