Marine accident round-up : 28th September 2023

The go-ahead has been given for the Rosebank oil and gas project, located 80 miles west of Shetland. It is the UK’s largest untapped oil field and is estimated to contain 500 million barrels of oil. Development and production consents have been given to owners Equinor and Ithaca Energy, following the acceptance of an environmental statement. Ithaca Energy and Equinor have previously said if production started in 2026, then Rosebank could account for 8% of the UK’s total oil production between then and 2030.

As of October 30th 2023, Japan Club’s Imabari branch office will move to the following location:

4th Floor, Shimanami Building, 2-2-1, Kyoeicho, Imabari, Ehime, 794-0024, JAPAN.

Telephone and fax numbers will remain unchanged.

Phone : +81-898-33-1117

Fax : +81-898-33-1251

Russian ro-ro cargo ship Ascalon (IMO 9198226) suffered an engine failure and went adrift on September 23rd when it was north-east of Istanbul in the Black Sea, while en route from Tuzla-Istanbul to Novorossiysk. The ship contacted Turkish MRCC and requested assistance and tug Kurtarma 9 (IMO 9598581) took the disabled freighter on tow.

1999-built, Russia-flagged, 8,821 gt Ascalon is owned by M Leasing LLC of Mosco, Russia. Manager is Marine Trans Shipping LLC of Astrakhan, Russia. As of September 27th the vessel was at anchor south of Istanbul in the Marmara Sea.

General cargo ship Volgo-Don 225 (IMO 8954958) was in collision with cargo ship Astrol-5 (IMO 9918913) in the Rostov region during the morning of September 19th at the 2,998km mark of the River Don, at the Sukhoi-Donetsk riffle of the Don River. The port side of the Volgo-Don 225 was damaged, as was the port side side of the Astrol-5, indicating that the vessels were travelling in opposite directions. No casualties or pollution were reported. The Rostov Transport Investigation Department was conducting a pre-investigation into the incident.

1979-built, Russia-flagged, 3,969 gt Volgo-Don 255 is owned and managed by Belozersk Shipping of St Petersburg, Russia. As of September 27th the vessel was stopped at Rostov-on-Don.

2021-built, Russia-flagged, 6,305 gt Astrol-5 is owned and managed by SC Astrol LLC of Mosco, Russia. As of September it was in the Aegean Sea, heading from Rostov-on-Don to Haifa, Israel.