Marine accident round-up : 2nd March 2020

The port of Annaba in Algeria has notified all local agents that all vessels that have called at Italian ports will be put on quarantine on road until a release into free pratique is obtained.

Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven started coordinating the response to cargo ship Santorini (IMO 9181493) which had suffered rudder loss 64nm off Heligoland in the early morning of February 25th. Emergency tug Nordic was tasked to establish a towing connection. A Towing Assistance Team (TAT) was dropped onto the unloaded vessel which had become disabled while en route from Abidjan to Klaipeda amid winds of nine Beaufort and wave heights of six to seven metres. After one of the 23 crew members suffered injuries an emergency doctor, a paramedic and members of the Cuxhaven fire brigade were dropped off on board. The owner requested two tugs to pull the vessel to Bremerhaven. 1998-built, Barbados-flagged, 15,349 gt Santorini is owned by Multon Navigation Inc care of manager Lydia Mar Shipping Co SA of Piraeus, Greece. ISM manager is Onexes Maritime Services of Spanga, Sweden. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Multon Navigation Co. It is entered with Gard AS for H&M and Loss of Hire on behalf of Lydia Mar Shipping GmbH.

Phases 1 and 2 of the dismantling of the piping on the deck of damaged tankship Pampero (MMSI 227088130) were completed on February 24th. Phases 3 and 4 were scheduled to be completed by the evening of February 25th. The Pampero was heavily damaged by an allision in a lock at Sablons on the Rhône shortly after midnight on February 18th while en route from Port de Bouc, southern France, to Lavera. In order to start lightering the vinyl chloride the wheelhouse will need to be removed as it is obstructing access to several tanks. River navigation remained interrupted for an indefinite period but there was no air pollution.

Chemical/oil products tanker Hafnia Sunda (IMO 9725639) allided with the light beacon of the former jetty 3 at the Brunsbüttel locks of the Kiel Canal just after midnight on February 25th when approaching the waterway from the North West Anchorage. The beacon was sunk and the ship had to abort its initial attempt. She entered the lock about an hour later, The accident was being investigated by the water police Brunsbüttel. 2015-built, Singapore-flagged, 24,120 gt Hafnia Sunda is owned by Hafnia Tankers Shipbuilding SNG of Singapore. It is managed by Hafnia Handy Pool Management of Hellerup, Denmark. ISM manager is Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Copenhagen business unit) on behalf of Hafnia Tankers Shipbuilding Singapore Pte Ltd.

Several people were injured aboard passenger ship Visborg (IMO 9763655) when she began to roll violently en route to Visby on February 26th. There were wind speeds of 15 to 20 metres per second and waves of several metres height. The ferry had departed from Nynäshamn at 11:25 when she suddenly tilted to starboard, causing several passengers to fall. Loose furniture was thrown around and there was chaos on board. The ferry changed course to Fårö to more sheltered waters and finally berthed in Visby at 15:15. Rescue services had been contacted and an ambulance attended the port of Visby. Five or six people suffered minor injuries and about 10 were suffering from shock. One person with more serious injuries was taken to hospital. The ferry was taken out of service for the rest of the day and also remained sidelined on February 27th. When checking the bow gate during the morning, a technical error was found on one of the locks, causing the cancellation of some sailings.

2018-built, Sweden-flagged, 32,447 gt Visborg is owned by Gotland Rederi AB pf Visby, Sweden. It is managed by Destination Gotland AB of Visby, Sweden. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Oslo 2) on behalf of Rederi Othem AB.

Tankship Al Marzoqah (IMO 9165762) was approached by nine perpetrators in a fishing vessel while she was under tow by tug Allianz Titanium off the Gujarat coast during the morning of February 19th. Two perpetrators boarded the tanker while the remaining seven perpetrators waited in the fishing vessel. The Master reported the incident to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and the local marine police via VHF Ch 16. An ICG ship immediately rushed to the location and apprehended the seven perpetrators in the fishing vessel. After that the ICG boarded the tanker and apprehended the remaining two perpetrators who were hiding. The ICG handed the nine perpetrators over to the Marine Police Station at Pipavav. The vessel is listed with Equasis as the Mordius. 58,141 gt, 1999 built, total loss(since May 2019) (status updated by Equasis on 25th February). However it is listed with Marine Traffic as being the Al Marzoqah (same gt, same type of vessel, same year of build), Saudi Arabia-flagged, active status, located in the Dubai area. Possibly a name change prior to intended break-up.