Marine accident round-up : 29th April 2020

Cruise ship AIDAmar (IMO 9490052), which had been idle in Fredericia Harbour since April 2nd, left the port on April 27th, bound to Hamburg. The 462 crew members left on board will leave the ship in Hamburg to travel home. Seventeen crew members, including the ship’s captain, have already left the ship. No cases of Covid-19 have been detected on board. Before the AIDAmar arrived in Fredericia she was briefly laid up in Bremerhaven, but had to leave the port because cargo ships with important supplies needed to berth. 2012-built, Italy-flagged, 71,304 gt AIDAmar is owned by Costa Crociere SpA of Genoa, Italy. It is managed by Aida Cruises of Rostock, Germany. ISM manager is Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship, Gard and with UK Club.

Limerick, Ireland businessman Peter Dolan died last week after contracting Covid-19 on passenger ship Zaandam (IMO 9156527). He was the owner of local travel agent Creation Travel. He and his wife Caroline O’Connor were midway through the cruise when a number of passengers, including Dolan, became ill with the virus. The Zaandam was prevented from disembarking sick passengers in Chile or Mexico, and then struggled to obtain permission to transit the Panama Canal. The vessel finally disembarked passengers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, despite initial opposition from the State Governor, with 1,243 passengers and 586 crew members on board. Dolan was transferred to the North West Medical Centre in Margate, Florida, but did not recover. 2000-built, Netherlands-flagged, 61,396 gt Zaandam is owned by HAL Antillen NV care of Holland America Line NV of Seattle, Washington state, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and with UK P&I Club.

Container ship Samskip Skalafell (IMO 9440590) entered the port of Dublin, Ireland during the morning of April 22nd, apparently having suffered significant damage to her bulwarks on the starboard side above the waterline. The ship remained seaworthy and left port again the same afternoon and headed to Cork, Southampton and then to Rotterdam on April 27th. 2008-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 7,545 gt Samskip Skalafell is owned by Sunset X GmbH care of manager Reederei Hirsch GmbH of Buxtehude, Germany.