Marine accident round-up : 2nd February 2024

The Philippine Coast Guard is reporting that the captain and third mate on a small passenger ferry Hop & Go 1 were killed during a collision with fast excursion boat Ocean Jet 6 at midday on January 31st. The smaller boat was heading inbound to Batangas, in the west of the Philippines and south of the capital of Manila, when the collision occurred with the outbound vessel. The high-speed ferry Ocean Jet 6 was carrying 105 passengers and 19 crew. It had departed Batangas and was heading for Calapan on the neighbouring island of Mindoro. There were no reported injuries aboard the larger vessel, and it was permitted to proceed to Calapan. The smaller, slow ferry suffered severe damage, with the front of the ferry apparently ripped open. It remained afloat and was being towed to Puerto Galera. At the time of the collision, there were five foreign passengers aboard the Hop & Go 1 ferry, which was sailing to Puerto Galera, also across the strait on Mindoro. Two Chinese passengers were reported injured and receiving medical treatment, while two other passengers were uninjured. A Swedish passenger was returning home the report said. The vessel had four crewmembers aboard. The captain and third mate were killed in the collision. Two other Filippino crew members were taken to the PCG station to make statements.

Chinese bulker owners were reported to be clearing their decks of older tonnage and to be sending bulk carriers to recycling facilities in Chattogram. There were no reports of any vessels being sold for recycling in India or Pakistan, although one small LPG carrier was beached at Alang after being sold in a previously unreported deal, said Tradewinds. Shanghai Yang Pu Zhe Hai Shipping’s 22,200-dwt bulker Xin Xiang An (IMO 9032692) sold in Bangladesh for $490 per ldt, equal to $2.63m.

1992-built, Sierra Leone-flagged, 13,907 gt Xin Xiang An is owned by and managed by Hong Kong Sail Shipping.

A product tanker has been banned from European ports after failing to call at a Dubai repair yard under an agreement to end a three-month detention in Germany. Last September inspectors at the port of Kiel had identified 42 deficiencies on the Arina 1 (IMO 9246463). It was detained because of problems with crew training, pollution measures, lifeboats and poor maintenance.

2003-built, Palau-flagged, 29,998 gt Arina 1 is owned by Arina Inc care of Petrofleet Ship management FZCO of Dubai, UAE. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Arina Inc. As of January 21st it was at Aliaga Anchorage, Turkiye.

Status of Maritime Conventions as of February 1st 2024

State(s)TreatyDate of depositDate of Entry into force
Solomon IslandsSOLAS Protocol 7818 October 202318 January 2024