Marine accident round-up : 30th June 2020

At least three containers fell overboard from container ship Navios Unite (IMO 9302619) on June 25th off the coast of Western Australia about 33 kilometres southwest of Cape Leeuwin. The weather at the time was rough. The ship was en route from Fremantle to Adelaide when the containers were lost. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) sent its Challenger jet from Perth to search an area of about 1,600 sq/km for any sightings of the missing containers, but none were found.

2006-built, Liberia-flagged, 90,389 gt Navios Unite is owned by Xiang L47 HK International care of manager Navios Shipmanagement Inc of Piraeus, Greece. ISM manager is Synergy Marine Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Xiang L47 HK International Ship Lease Co Ltd. For H&M it is entered with Generali, with Gard AS having a subscription position.

Quarantined Korean and Indonesian crew members of fishing vessel Sur Este 709 (IMO 8414465) have been accommodated in a central hotel in downtown Montevideo, but without an order to stay in their rooms. Upon arrival at the hotel, it was noticed that the 39 seafarers were walking through the lobby without receiving clear orders for isolation. Most of them did not speak Spanish or English, but the hotel staff managed to prevent one of them from approaching too closely. A bus was hired and taken directly from the ship to the hotel. Based on preliminary testing none of the crew showed symptoms of coronavirus or any other disease. They cannot leave the hotel, although they are not isolated in their rooms. Communication with hotel staff was through an Asian citizen who works as a translator and for the fishing company. 1984-built, South Korea-flagged, 8-6 gt Sure Este 709 is owned and managed by Haena International Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea.

Two more crew members of cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas (IMO 9111802) have tested positive for Covid-19 in Trinidad, increasing to nine the number of cases on the cruise ship. They joined the other seven cruise workers at Caura Hospital. Six of the 300-plus crew had tested positive on their arrival on June 14th, while another of them tested positive on June 26th. The ship had arrived at Port of Spain, Trinidad, to disembark more than 300 Trinidad & Tobago nationals. The Trinidadian crewmembers were quarantined off Port of Spain prior to repatriation, and six of them have tested positive for Covid-19 Trinidad and Tobago recently eliminated Covid-19, and the new cases bring its active national count back up to six. The ship will stay for a 14-day quarantine period. If crew show no symptoms they will be allowed to disembark and travel home.

1997-built, Bahamas-flagged, 82,910 gt Enchantment of the Seas is owned by Enchantment of the Seas Inc care of Royal Caribbean Cruises Inc of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Division) on behalf of Enchantment Of The Seas Inc.

Container ship CMA CGM Puget (IMO 9248124), was boarded by robbers when moored in position at Manila anchorage, Philippines during the evening of June 12th. The duty Able Seaman, who was on a routine round of inspection, noticed the bosun’s store and paint room door padlocks broken and the doors open. He immediately informed the Duty Officer who raised the alarm and mustered the crew members. A search was carried out and it was reported that ship’s stores and properties had been stolen. The incident was reported to the Port Authority.

2002-built, Portugal-flagged, 49,855 gt CMA GM Puget is owned and managed by Containerships-CMA CGM GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is Bernard Schulte-Ger of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Containerships – CMA GGM GmbH.