Marine accident round-up : 30th March 2022

General cargo ships Paivi (IMO 9434149) and Bjoerkoe (IMO 9376787) collided head-on in the Kiel Canal during the morning of March 29th, just below Old Levensau Bridge. The Paivi was transiting the canal in a western direction and the Bjoerkoe was heading the opposite way. Both ships’ bow sections and forecastles were breached. The Paivi was near the collision site, still in the Kiel Canal, while the Bjoerkoe was taken out of the Canal and berthed at Kiel. Both ships had to be towed. The Bjoerkoe had been en route from Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, Denmark, to Sodertalje, Sweden, ETA March 31st. The Paivi had been en route from the Nord-Ostsee Kanal, Denmark, to Antwerp, Belgium, ETA March 30th.

2008-built, Cyprus-flagged, 2,474 gt Paivi is owned by Paivi Interscan Shipmanagement care of manager Interscan Schiffahrtsges of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of Interscan Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbh.

2009-built, Cyprus-flagged, 4,102 gt Bjoerkoe is owned by Emden Coastal Bulker UG care of manager Schulte & Bruns GmbH of Papenburg, Germany. ISM manager is Hartmann Dry Cargo Germany of Leer, Germany. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Hamburg) on behalf of Hartmann Dry Cargo Germany GmbH & Co KG.

On March 29th Japan approved a ban on exports of luxury cars and other items to Russia as part of economic sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine.

Full details of Japan’s economic sanctions against Russia and Belarus since February 24th can be seen at:

Cargo ship Vectis Isle (IMO 8903040) was in collision with the fishing vessel Masallah late on March 25th at 02:50 local time while en route from Burgas, Bulgaria, to the Greek island of Rhodes in the Eastern Mediterranean. The incident occurred about 5nm north of Kumköy, at the entrance of the Istanbul Strait off the Türkeli Lighthouse. Both ships were damaged, with the Vectis Isle being hit on the port side near the wheelhouse, while the fishing vessel was damaged at the bow. The Istanbul Ship Traffic Services Centre deployed two tugs and a lifeboat to the scene, enabling the Vectis Isle to be moored safely in the Türkeli Anchor Zone. As of March 26th it was listed as underway using engine, heading for Rhodes, Greece, with an ETA of March 28th, but it had not arrived there by the morning of March 29th.

1990-built, Comoros-flagged, 2,237 gt Vectis Isle is owned by Tonga management Inc care of manager South River Shipping Co Ltd, Kherson, Ukraine. According to Equasis, it is entered with VSK Insurance Co.

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General cargo ship Fujihime (IMO 9842047) allided with the wharf during the berthing manoeuvre at the Daito Honmuko Futo Container Terminal A5-A6 in Yokohama, Japan, during the late morning of March 23rd. The ship hit the quay with its starboard aft. No injuries were reported and there was no environmental damage. The extent of the hull damage was not known. As of March 29th the vessel remained “Not Under Command” off the eastern coast of Japan.

2018-built, Philippines-flagged, 9,977 gt Fujihime is owned and managed by Orient Sea Transport Inc of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with Japan Club (Imabari Office in charge) on behalf of White Panama SA.