Marine accident round-up : 30th January 2024

Rating agency AM Best has reaffirmed Swedish Club’s Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” (Excellent).

Denmark on Monday sent a frigate to the Red Sea, where it will participate in the US-led coalition to safeguard commercial traffic against attacks by Yemen’s Houthi militants. Denmark is sending the 139-metre frigate Iver Huitfeldt to the area as part of Operation Prosperity Guardian

Iran has detained a product tanker and its crew of 14 Asian seafarers. However, this is not so much a matter of geopolitics as economics. Iran heavily subsidizes domestic fuel, making it highly profitable for anyone willing to risk smuggling it out of the country. Brigadier General Heydar Honarian Mojarrad, a commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in Bushehr province, told Mehr News Agency that the unnamed ship had been carrying 2m litres (12,600 barrels, 440,000 imperial gallons) of contraband fuel.

A Portuguese crew member of fishing boat Le Stiff (IMO 6523614) died on January 22nd when the vessel was about 210nm off the Isles of Scilly. At 10:40 GMT the UK MRCC received a call from MRCC Madrid, informing of the request for medical assistance from the crew on the fishing vessel. UK MRCC conducted broadcasts requested nearby vessels with medical facilities to make best speed to the vessel’s position. However, at 11:45 it was confirmed that the man had died . Le Stiff headed to A Coruna, north-west Spain, where it arrived on January 23rd.

1965-built, France-flagged, 250 gt Le Stiff is owned by Ortegal Sasu care of Société Cooperative Maritime Gure Lana SA of Ciboure, France.