Marine accident round-up : 29th June 2021

The Port Authority of Syros was informed by the shipping agent of oil products tanker Eko 1 (IMO 9393943) during the afternoon of June 23rd that the vessel, which was moored in the port, had a damaged main engine. The Port Authority prohibited the departure of the ship until the ship was repaired and a certificate of maintenance of class and seaworthiness by the attending classification society was presented. As of June 28th the vessel was at Gavrio Port.

2008-built, Greece-flagged, 2,978 gt Eko 1 is owned by Eko-Aphrodite Shipping Co care of manager Bernhard Schulte Hellas of Athens, Greece. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Eko-Aphrodite Shipping Company.

Asphalt/Bitumen tanker Amber Bay (IMO 9764520) ran aground while leaving the port of Barranquilla, Colombia early on June 23rd. It was fully loaded with 10,000 tons of asphalt, bound for Baltimore, Maryland, USA, with an ETA of June 29th. The vessel got stuck outside the fairway at the eastern side. As of June 28th it was reported as remaining aground.

2016-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 10,377 gt Amber Bay is owned by Good Trend Shipping Ltd care of manager Valt BV of Rotterdam, Netherlands. ISM manager is Bernhard Schulte Singapore. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Hong Kong business unit) on behalf of Fujian Xinyuanxinlanhai Import and Export Trade Co Ltd.

The Indian Coast Guard rescued the nine crew members of tug Ganga 1 in the Bay of Bengal on June 23rd. One crew member received a leg injury, but all were transferred to shore safely. The tug had departed Port Blair and on June 22nd it was underway 60nm south of Hutbay towing a barge loaded with construction materials. The vessel was due to reach the port on Little Andaman Island on the morning of June 23rd, but about 30 miles south of Port Blair the tug suffered heavy flooding in the engine room and issued a distress call. Due to the uncontrolled flooding, the nine crewmembers decided to abandon their vessel and transfer to the barge for safety. The Coast Guard vessels which arrived to help attempted to save the Ganga 1 using dewatering equipment, but the tug was listing dangerously to port and trim aft due to flooding of the engine room and aft section of the vessel. The damage control team reported difficulties in positioning pumping equipment on the vessel owing to continuous, high rate of flooding and heavy rolling due to very rough sea conditions. It was determined that it was not safe for the damage control team to remain aboard the vessel. The Ocean Marvel connected a tow line and commenced towing to bring the vessel to Port Blair, with the Coast Guard ships as an escort. However, the Ganga 1 sank off Cinque Island at a depth of approximately one mile before it could be towed to port.

Container ship Cap San Antonio (IMO 9622241) was permitted to leave the anchorage of Santos during the afternoon of June 24th. It berthed at warehouse 35 on the right bank of the BTP Container Terminal in the port for inspection and repairs of the damages at port side. Hamburg Sud’s 10,500 teu vessel struck a passenger jetty at Santos in Brazil on Sunday June 20th. The ship, which was en route to Paranagua, suffered a breach in its portside hull, with some ballast water observed to be seeping out. The ship was taken to an outer anchorage to await repairs.

2014-built, Denmark-flagged, 118,938 gt Cap San Antonio is owned and managed by Maersk AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Maersk AS.

Feeder container ship Nazmiye Ana (IMO 8516598) which is still resting bottom up at the quay in Castellón, will be hoisted in the Centenario dock, where it will be scrapped. The Castellón Port Authority has indicated that this operation will require two cranes of 600 tons lifting capacity each and a 500-ton telescopic crane. Some of the salvors of the Spanish Ardentia Marine and the Dutch Blue Tackhave arrived at the dock to begin the assembly. The dock has already been prepared to distribute the weight of the ship. The ship has been moved 150 meters along the Centenario dock, in order to facilitate the search for the person still missing. Previously the wreck has been freed of obstructions that impeded its movement, such as the hatch hinges and antennas. Divers have used thermal lances to remove these obstacles, which took four days to complete. An acceleration sensor has also been provided to monitor the movement of the ship at all times and guarantee the safety of the underwater equipment. The protection zone has been expanded with anti-pollution barriers.

1986-built, Panama-flagged, 1,416 gt Nazmiye Ana is owned by Huris Shipping Corp care of manager Sinop Shipping Corp of Istanbul, Turkey.