Marine accident round-up : 29th July 2022

A sightseeing boat and a water taxi collided near Rotterdam Erasmus Bridge on Thursday July 21st. Emergency services said that six people were helped out of the water. Film showed the smaller water taxi being pushed underwater just after both vessels had passed under the bridge, with the water taxi travelling at about a 45 degree angle to the sightseeing boat. ANP news agency reported that the six rescued were all passengers and the captain of the water taxi, which was later reported to have sunk. ANP reported that the passengers of the water taxi had been taken to hospital for observation.

Container ship Acacia Aries (IMO 9124689) allided with a wharf in the port of Hakata, Japan, shortly after dawn on July 19th, reportedly causing damage to the wharf and a fender. The ship left the port again the same day, headed to Shanghai, with an ETA of July 22nd. As of July 21st it was at anchor in the East China Sea off Shanghai.

1995-built, Panama-flagged, 5,658 gt Acacia Aries is owned by Ruixiang Shipping Pte Ltd care of manager Dalian Zhida Ship management of Dalian, Liaoning, China. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Ruixiang Shipping Pte Ltd

A 25-year-old Chinese crew member of general cargo ship Chipolbrok Star (IMO 9432127) was reported to have been seriously injured in an incident in the port of Antwerp on July 16th when a batch of windmill blades was detached by some crew members in the Leopold dock. He apparently suffered a broken hip but reportedly was not evacuated to a hospital for a couple of days. As of July 21st the vessel remained at Antwerp.

2010-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 24,142 gt Chipolbrok Star is owned by Chipolbrok Star Maritime care of Chinese-Polish JSC of Shanghai, China. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team Hong Kong) on behalf of Chipolbrok Star Maritime Co Ltd.

The US Coast Guard medevaced a crew member of bulk carrier Malto Hope (IMO 9660035) after he suffered a medical emergency on July 16th. Newport Coast Guard watchstanders received a report in the evening of a 29-year-old male who had suffered a stroke and related medical complications aboard the vessel when it was about 1,000 miles west of the Oregon coast, having travelled from Kobe, Japan. Watchstanders at the 13th Coast Guard District Command Centre recommended the ship transit closer to shore to be within range for a medical evacuation from a Coast Guard helicopter. Once the vessel was within response range, Coast Guard watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport to hoist the man from the Malto Hope. The aircrew arrived on scene on July 18th and transported the man to emergency medical services at Air Facility Newport. He was reported to be in a stable condition.

2013-built, Panama-flagged, 17,019 gt Malto Hope is owned by Malto Shipping SA care of manager Misuga Kaiun Co Ltd of Shikokuchuo-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Imabari Office) on behalf of Malto Shipping SA. As of July 19th the vessel was heading for Schooner Cove, US west coast, and was about 100m WNW of Eureka, northern San Francisco.

Crude oil tanker Advantage Summer (IMO 9419890) suffered a fire in its engine room during the evening of July 17th while it was southwest of Tarifa, Spain, in the Strait of Gibraltar, en route from Algeciras, Spain to Huelva, Spain. The vessel became disabled and had to be taken on tow by SAR tug Luz De Mar (IMO 9320104), back to Algeciras in the morning July 18th. Reportedly the 28 crew onboard managed to extinguish fire by their own means. The extent of damage was not yet known. Tanker cargo status was also unknown.

2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 83,805 gt Advantage Summer is owned by Oriental Fleet Tanker 31 Ltd care of manager Geden Lines of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with West of England (Eastern Claims Team) on behalf of Oriental Fleet Tanker 31 Ltd. As of July 19th it was at Algeciras Anchorage.