Marine accident round-up : 29th November 2019

Car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816) was reported to be shifting slowly and to sinking into the sea bottom outside the port of Brunswick, Georgia, despite rocks having been placed around it to stabilize the ship’s position. About a quarter of the downward-facing port side was now 20ft deep in sand, reported a member of the Unified Command responsible for overseeing the salvage operation, during a meeting of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce on November 20th.

The UC member said that that the vessel’s position on a soft sandbank would make tie disassembly a long and challenging process. It was hoped that management of the consequences of the accident would be over by the end of 2020. The Golden Ray partially capsized on September 8th outside the Port of Brunswick, Georgia, USA shortly after leaving port en route to Baltimore, laden with more than 4,000 new vehicles. 2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 71,178 gt Golden Ray is owned by GL NV24 Shipping Inc care of manager Hyundai Glovis of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is G-Marine Service Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Hyundai Glovis Co, Ltd.

Bulk carrier Fortune Miracle (IMO 9340544) was in allision with cargo ship Interlink Fortuity (IMO 9711755) before dawn on November 23rd while off San Lorenzo on the Paraná river, central South America at mark km 442. She was carrying 45,100 tons of soy, bound for Santos with an ETA of November 29th. She struck the anchored Interlink Fortuity, which was awaiting permission to take on cargo at the Bunge dock in Puerto San Martin. No injuries or pollution was reported.

2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 25,546 gt Interlink Fortuity is owned by Soar Great Ltd care of manager Interlink Maritime Corp of Hamilton, Bermuda. ISM manager is Bernhard Schulte HKG LP of Hong Kong, China. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Soar Great Ltd.

2009-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 42,665 gt Fortune Miracle is owned by White Violet Shipping SA care of manager Cido Shipping HK Co Ltd of Hong Kong. ISM manager is Cido Shipping Korea Co Ltd of South Korea. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of White Violet Shipping SA. Video and report at:

A Salvamento Marítimo helicopter moved the crew members and technicians back onto chemical/oil products tanker Blue Star (IMO 9527764) during the morning of November 27th so that they could resume pumping fuel from the ship. On shore throughout the afternoon of November 26th and the following morning, work was under way to create the access for the trucks and the construction of a large concrete four cubic metre shoe that will serve as the basis for the installation of a zip line. This will serve as a support for almost all the equipment and hoses necessary to pump the fuel from the ship which was located in the stern. First it will be pumped to an empty tank that is in the bow of the ship and from there it will be pumped to shore, where it will be picked up by tank trucks. SMIT Salvage has subcontracted Ardentia Marine in Fene (A Coruña) for the job. SMIT Salvage has been forced to modify some initial plans, as the tug Union Princess, which belongs to a subsidiary of the company in the Netherlands, had to give up traveling to Ares, since it has been trying for several days to recover a lost barge with a wind tower.

2011-built, Malta-flagged, 7,386 gt Blue Star is owned by Cappadocia Shipping Ltd care of manager Team Tankers International Ltd of Hamilton, Bermuda. ISM manager is MTM Ship Management Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European Syndicate) on behalf of Cappadocia Shipping Ltd.