Marine accident round-up : 2nd March 2023

Two crew members of bulk carrier Caravos Harmony (IMO 9595589) were found dead in their cabins, reportedly in their shower rooms, on February 21st when the ship was under way in Atlantic ocean, en route from Port Elizabeth to Macapa, Amazon river estuary, Brazil. Both deceased seamen were Ukrainian nationals. They were Second and Third Engineers. The bulk carrier anchored off Macapa on February 26th. Cause of deaths not yet known, although both were young men.

2013-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 44,289 gt Caravos Harmony is owned by Octapus Shipping Corp care of manager Iason Hellenic Shipping Co. P&I situation seems unclear at the moment. Equasis says that it is Britannia, but the vessel does not appear in the Britannia database. IG database says Standard, part of NorthStandard, but it does not appear in the NorthStandard database. But it does appear in the old Standard database (European Division on behalf of Octapus Shipping Corp) for 2023-24 policy year. As of March 1st the vessel was at Macapa Bay Anchorage, Brazil.

A China-flagged cargo ship sank in the Strait of Tartary off the coast of Sakhalin Island, Russia, the Russian Federal Agency for Maritime Transport said on Wednesday March 1st. It said that there were no casualties, but provided no further details.

A fire was reported aboard the wintering Algoma Discovery (IMO 8505848) in the city of Port Colborne, Ontario, on Monday morning February 27th. Fire crews and emergency medical services were dispatched to the wharf to deal with the fire on the Canadian-flagged bulk carrier, which broke out during routine winter maintenance activities. Upon arrival, fire officials found the crew had disembarked safely. Heavy smoke was reported to have filled the engine room and a small fire was encountered by crews. The ship’s suppression system activated as it should, the crew said. The situation was reported under control by 10:30. The ship has been tied up in Port Colborne since early January for winter lay-up.

1987-built, Canada-flagged, 23,306 gt Algoma Discovery is owned and managed by Algoma Central Corp of St Catherines, Ontario, Canada. It is entered with North Standard s

In bad weather the mooring ropes of passenger/vehicle RoRo AF Claudia (IMO 9243435) broke during the evening of February 26th just as the vessel was about to leave the port of Durrës, Albania, for Ancona, Italy. The ship went adrift and allided with the jetty of the port. The port tug was called to assist. There were no passengers aboard the ferry at the time of the incident.

2001-built, Italy-flagged, 24,418 gt AF Claudia is owned and managed by Adria Ferries SpAof Ancona, Italy. It is entered with Shipowners Club on behalf of Adria Ferries SpA. As of March 1st the vessel was at Durres, Albania, having arrived on March 1st.

Cargo ship Med Cerkezkoy (IMO 9147215), which had run aground en route from Piraeus to Lattakia west of Tilos, managed to refloat on February 25th under its own power and proceeded to the Livadion area off Tilos, where it was anchored, accompanied by two patrol boats of the Greek Coast Guard and two tugs. A floating oil barrier was placed around the ship, and the tugs remained on standby. No marine pollution was observed.The vessel had run hard aground at the Akra Monastiri,on the west side of Tilos island, Greece, near the Turkish coast, early on February 24th, when en route from Piraeus to Latakia with 16 Turkish crew members on board. Sibling ship Med Çorlu interrupted its own voyage and headed for the grounding site.

1998-built, Turkey-flagged, 9,528 gt Med Cerkezkoy is owned by Med Cerkezkoy Denizcilik AS care of manager Medlog Shipping & Trade SA of Izmir, Turkey. It is entered with West of England Club (Eastern Claims team) on behalf of Med Cerkezkoy Denizcilik AS.