Marine accident round-up : 31st Janaury 2024

Engine difficulties caused general cargo ship SNP Pazar (IMO 9549310) to block the Bosphorus Strait during the night of Saturday January 27th. The vessel was near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge when the incident occurred. The problem was not resolved and ship halted mid-transit, causing traffic in both directions in the strait to stop. A rescue operation was carried out under the coordination of the Istanbul Ship Traffic Services Centre. As of January 30th the vessel was underway in the Marmara Sea, heading for Kalymnos, Greece, ETA January 31st.

2010-built, Barbados-flagged, 1970 gt SNP Pazar is owned and managed by Sinop Shipping Corp of Istanbul, Turkiye. ISM manager is Istifan Uluslararasi,

The forward section of the wrecked container ship X Press Pearl left Sri Lankan waters aboard heavy load carrier GPO Amethyst (IMO 9760433) on January 10th, en route to a certified decommissioning facility in Indonesia for dismantling, recycling, and disposal. The Shanghai Salvage Company (SSC) completed the raising of the forward section with the lifting barges Zhong Sheng 166 and Han Hang Da Jian on December 22nd 2023 and positioned the wreckage on the deck of the GPO Amethyst on December 24th. The SSC then undertook lightning works to ensure the stability of the load for transport and applied for approval for the GPO Amethyst to depart Sri Lankan waters.

2018-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 49,091 gt GPO Amethyst is owned by Xiang CR5 HK International of Hong Kong, China. It is managed by GPO Heavylift AS of Oslo, Norway. ISM manager is Wilhelmsen Ship Management AS of Lysaker, Norway.

Two passengers allegedly brought on board cruise ship Norwegian Joy (IMO 9703796) more than 100 bags of marijuana shortly before a scheduled January 11th departure from Miami, Florida, to Southampton, UK. Michael Quesenberry and Savannah Rose Minami brought a total 71.9kg of marijuana leaf sealed in 56 vacuum-sealed bags. A drug-sniffing dog detected it. The passenger claimed that this marijuana was for personal use. Law enforcement initially encountered Quesenberry and Minami together in a passenger room, but she said she did not know Quesenberry before meeting him at a bar on the ship and was allowed to go on her way. After the discovery, however, law enforcement found Minami at a bar on board and searched her luggage, which similarly contained 56 vacuum-sealed bags of what tested positive for marijuana. Both were charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. As of January 30th the vessel was moored at Rotterdam, Netherlands, where it arrived on January 23rd.

2017-built, Bahamas-flagged, 167,725 gt Norwegian Joy is owned by Breakaway Four Ltd care of manager Eurosoft Corp Ltd of London, UK. ISM manager is NCL Bahamas Ltd of Miami, Florida. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Breakaway Four Ltd.

Indonesian passenger ship Gili Iyang (IMO 9717565) did not depart for Bawean Island from Paciran Lamongan Harbor as scheduled on January 22nd because it was hit by high waves. The ship allided with the pier and suffered damages. As of January 29th the vessel was still listed as “Stopped” to the south-east of bandar Lumpung.

2013-built, Indonesia-flagged, 1,029 gt Gili Iyang is owned and managed by the Indonesian Government.