Marine accident round-up : 28th October 2021

General cargo ship Sinar Ambon (IMO 9420382) suffered a fire incident at Barito channel, Indonesia. The vessel appeared to have caught fire on board during entering the Barito River in its voyage.

2006-built, Indonesia-flagged, 3,430 gt is owned and managed by Samudera Shipping Services PT of Jakarta, Indonesia. ISM manager is Samudera Indonesia Shipping of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is entered with Shipowners Club on behalf of PT Samudera Indonesia Ship Management.

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Cargo ship Konstantin (IMO 9518402) was in collision with Italian flagged chemical/oil products tanker Smeraldo (IMO 9148570) on the Elbe on the southern anchorage of Brunsbüttel during the afternoon of October 21st.

The Konstantin was en route from Norrköping to Humber with a cargo of wood. The accident happened during the anchoring manoeuvre of the Konstantin when it drifted onto the tanker and suffered water ingress in the engine room. The Smeraldo was slightly damaged on the superstructure. The Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven took over the on-scene-command and deployed the Neuwerk and the two tugs to the position. The Konstantin was reported to be in danger of sinking after the engine room flooded. That afternoon it was berthed in the Elbe Port of Brunsbüttel where attempts were ongoing to stabilize it. No injuries and no pollution was reported. The Smeraldo had been en route from Terneuzen to Stade and berthed at the Steubenhöft in Cuxhaven. The water police in Hamburg launched an investigation.

As of October 24th the Konstantin was moored in Hamburg. The Smeraldo was moored at Buetzfleth.

2009-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 2,997 gt Konstantin is owned by Konstantin Hermann Lohmann care of ISM manager Hermann Lohmann Schiffahrts of Haren (Ems) Germany. Commercial manager is Lohmann Bereederungen of Haren (Ems), Germany. It is entered with Thomas Miller (Hamburg policy).

1998-built, Italy-flagged, 4,896 gt Smeraldo is owned and managed by Finbeta SpA of Savona, SV, Italy. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (not confirmed by Steamship Mutual website).

Perpetrators were observed on general cargo ship Super Star (IMO 9469247) while the vessel was sailing in the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait in position on October 19th. The Master mustered the crew and ordered a search of the vessel, but the perpetrators were not found and nothing was reported stolen. The vessel did not require assistance and continued its voyage to its next port of call Shimizu.

2008-built, Panama-flagged, 9,932 gt Super Star is owned by Cypress Navigation Co SA care of manager First marine Service Co of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo Office in charge) on behalf of Cypress NavigationCo SA.

The Taiwan Coastguard was continuing to monitor the grounded general cargo ship Fortune (IMO 9160944) for possible damage or oil leaks. The vessel ran aground on the northern coast of Jibei island, Penghu Islands, Taiwan, in the Taiwan Strait, after suffering an engine failure on October 17th. The vessel anchored but the anchor dragged and the ship drifted aground. A plan for refloating the vessel was to be prepared after the weather improved. The 14 crew members were taken to a local airport and later to a hospital for Covid-19 testing. The crew had alerted the authorities in the morning of Oct 17th after the ship had lost propulsion and dropped its anchors in a failed attempt to stop its drift.

1999-built, Panama-flagged, 4,476 gt Fortune is owned and managed by Far Prosperity Hong Kong Ltd of Hong Kong, China.