Marine accident round-up : 31st August 2018

A 17 year old teenager ended up in the sea after a collision between high-speed passenger ship Rygerfonn (IMO 9383364) and the youth’s pleasure boat on August 26th in the Bjørnafjord. The teenager on the wrecked pleasure boat was thrown overboard but was immediately picked up by the crew of the ferry. The passengers on the Rygerfonn were transferred to another fast ferry which took them on to Rosendal. The police have launched an investigation. The Rygerfonn reportedly was moving at when the crew on the bridge saw the open 20ft-boat approaching on the port side. Rygerfonn tried to notify the boat that it was on a collision course, but it did not comply. When the boats were so close to another that there was a danger of a collision, the Rygerfonn pushed hard astern and slowed down as much as she could. The injured man, the only person on the destroyed 20-footer, was transported to Os City where he was taken to Haukeland. The criminal prosecutor at Os and Austevoll talked to the captain of the Rygerfonn and to the 17-year-old who was in the boat.

2007-built, Norway-flagged, 176 gt Rygerfonn is owned and managed by Rødne Trafikk AS Rodne Trafikk AS of Sjernaroy, Norway. It is entered with Carina on behalf of Rødne Trafikk AS

Cruise ship Carnival Horizon (IMO 9767091) struck a west-side Manhattan dock early on August 28th. The ship damaged two metal support beams and a section of the parking level above the dock while attempting to dock at Pier 90, located at West 50th Street. The cruise ship suffered only minor damage to its bow. There were no injuries to passengers or crew. Carnival Horizon was only completed earlier this year by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the second in Carnival’s Vista-class series. 2018-built, Panama-flagged, 133,596 gt Carnival Horizon is owned and managed by Carnival Cruise Line of Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (Americas Syndicate)on behalf of Carnival Corporation and with UK P&I Club (Americas G7 Area Group) on behalf of Carnival Corporation

The portside anchor of bulk carrier Vela (IMO 9330628), along with all 330-metres of cable was dropped inadvertently on August 11th in the Maldives area in the Indian Ocean, while Vela was en route from Singapore to Damietta. The anchor and chain remained dangling in the water, hampering the ship’s speed and manoeuvrability. She limped through the Arabian Sea and most of the Gulf of Aden, until an Indian Navy ship assisted with an emergency team. The anchor and chain were recovered and secured on August 28th, north of Djibouti. 2007-built, Norway-flagged, 32,583 gt Vela is owned by V Bulk VS care of manager Seven Seas Carriers of Bergen, Norway. ISM manager is Fleet Management Ltd HKG of Hong Kong. T is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of V-Bulk KS. Gard AS is claims leader for hull & machinery and loss of hire.

Cruise ship Saga Pearl II (IMO 8000214) slightly damaged four yachts while being piloted during the morning of August 29th by the harbourmaster at Dartmouth harbour. The Dart Harbour Authority was currently tracking down the owners of the boats involved and was investigating the incident. The ship has been berthed on the mainstream moorings. No one was hurt in the incident. 1981-built, Malta-flagged, 18,627 gt Saga Pearl II is owned and managed by Saga Cruises Ltd of Folkestone, UK. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Team 2) on behalf of Enbrook Cruises Ltd.

Dense smoke was detected in hold number 4 of containership COSCO Shipping Thames (IMO 9731937) on August 23rd during her voyage through the Malacca Strait. The crew activated the fire extinguisher system and the fire was brought under control. It was unclear whether cargo has been affected. The ship berthed at the Tanjong Pagar Terminal in Singapore on August 25th, having reached Singapore anchorage during the morning of August 24th. 2017-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 94,623 gt Cosco Shipping Thames is owned by Cosco Nanjing Shipping Ltd care of manager Cosco Shipping Lines Co Ltd of Shanghai, China. ISM manager is Shanghai Ocean Shipping Co Ltd of Shanghai, China. It is entered with West of England (Claims Contact, Hong Kong) on behalf of Cosco Nanjing Shipping Ltd.