Marine accident round-up : 28th September 2018

The planned refloating of general cargo ship Heiko (IMO 6900379) on September 25th had to be postponed after water was detected in the cargo holds during the preparations. The salvage company is now carrying out further assessments on the vessel and drained water and oil. The insurer was reported to have entered into an agreement with salvage company Smit Salvage BV for this purpose. Heiko, sailing in ballast, suffered an engine breakdown followed by a fire shortly before midnight on September 19th. The ship drifted aground Flatøy off Askvoll, south-west Norway, in Sogn og Fjordane. 1968-built, Norway-flagged, 769 gt Heiko is owned by Eidnes BO care of manager Hardangerfrakt AS of Dalsoyra, Norway. It is entered with Hydor SA.

General cargo ship Wilson Skaw (IMO 8918459) suffered a disabled main engine late on September 23rd, 18 miles northeast of Spurn Head, north-east England. While going to effect maintenance on the main engine, the engineer was unable to stop the engine and smoke was noticed from the shaft generator. The vessel anchored and the engine was disabled. The fault was found to be a broken piston rod, which could not be fixed in situ. The ABP Humber tasked two tugs to execute a rescue, and Wilson Skaw was safely berthed at King George Dock, Hull, the following morning. The vessel was en route from Leixoes to Hull with a crew of 10 on board, carrying 4,929 tonnes of wood pellets. 1996-built, Barbados-flagged, 4,197 gt Wilson Skaw is owned by Wilson Shipowning AS care of manager Wilson Eurocarriers AS of Bergen, Norway. ISM manager is Wilson Ship Management AS of Bergen, Norway. It is entered with Skuld (Bergen business unit) on behalf of Wilson ASA.

Twenty Russian crew members have been stranded since May 15th on bulk carrier Kuzma Minin (IMO 7721263) in the bulk port of Terneuzen, Netherlands, because the shipping company could not meet its payment obligations. The Ferns Center Foundation has decided to organize a fundraising campaign because the crew has had no fresh fruit for months, almost no money and was short of many other products. 1980-built, Russia-flagged, 16,257 gt Kuzma Minin is owned and managed by Murmansk Shipping Co of Murmansk, Russia

A strong gust of wind nearly sent UK-flagged superyacht M5 (IMO 8979374) adrift in Portland Harbour on the morning of September 22nd. The 2003-built, 85mx16.7m vessel, the largest single-masted yacht ever built, had been docked at DiMillo’s Marina since September 3rd. The sudden and powerful gust on Saturday caught the yacht broadside and, combined with the incoming tide, the force was so great that the vessel ripped a floating dock away from several pilings. The float remained attached on one end, perpendicular to its previous orientation, preventing the super yacht and several other vessels from being set adrift. The only damage during the incident was to the pilings, some of which were bent and broken. The following morning a small crane had arrived to make repairs and the M5 was docked at the end of Chandler’s Wharf. No fuel spilled into the harbour. The M5 (formerly Mirabella V) is owned by Rodney Lewis, CEO of Lewis Energy Group, a producer of natural gas in South Texas.

The Chief Engineer aboard the LPG tanker Maregas (IMO 9007087) was assaulted and sustained injuries in a boarding incident off Singapore on September 19th. ReCAAP ISC reported that the crewmember sustained injuries to his face and hands after three perpetrators confronted him, one with a wooden pole, and forcibly took his gold chain. The perpetrators made their escape when the alarm was raised. No further injuries were reported. Singapore Police Coast Guard boarded the ship upon its arrival in Singapore for a security search and investigation. 1991-built, Panama-flagged, 4,200 gt Maregas is owned by Rye Central Investments SA care of manager Transgas Shipping Lines SAC of Lima, Peru. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team 2) on behalf of Rye Central Investment SA.