Marine accident round-up : 3rd April 2020

Chemical/oil products tanker Key Bora (IMO 9316024) ran aground while approaching Kyleakin pier on the Isle of Skye on March 30th. The vessel was en route from Esbjerg to Kyleakin, with 12 crew members on board. The vessel was holed in ballast tanks number five port side and  number four starboard side. The vessel sailed the following morning from Kyleakin to Greenock. The vessel had 500 tons of leicithin, 1,500 tons of rapeseed, 1,090 tons of fish oil as cargo. It berthed at the Garvel Clyde Shipyard in Greenock for repairs in the early evening of March 31st. 2006-built, Gibraltar-flagged, 2,627 gt Key Bora is owned by Key Shipping AS care of manager Sea Tank Chartering of Bergen, Norway. ISM Manager is V Ships UK Ltd of Glasgow, UK. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Bergen) on behalf of Sea Tank Chartering AS.

Chemical/oil products tanker Blue Star (IMO 9527764) docked at a shipyard in Tuzla during the morning of March 30th. The tanker had left El Ferrol on March 10th, being towed by tug VB Hispania. The ship will be repaired. It was originally thought that she would be scrapped. Blue Star suffered a fire on November 22nd inside the exhaust pipes in her engine room. The room was evacuated and flooded with CO2. The ship suffered a power loss as a result of the fire and subsequently ran aground on rocks near the Ares estuary between the beaches of Barrosa and A Canteira, in the area of Punta Miranda.  2011-built, Malta-flagged, 7,386 gt Blue Star is owned by Cappadocia Shipping Ltd and commercially managed by Team Tankers International of Hamilton, Bermuda (Information as current on Equasis). ISM manager is MTM Ship Management Pte Ltd of Singapore. The vessel is entered with Steamship Mutual (European Syndicate) on behalf of Cappadocia Shipping Ltd.

General cargo ship Oceanwin 8 (IMO 8992106) was in collision with cargo m/v Fuku Haru (IMO 9140437) during the afternoon of March 27th, while leaving a berth in Kawasaki Port. Damage was limited. The Fuku Haru left Yokohama on March 30th en route to Hong Kong with an ETA of April 6th. 2004-built, 2,997 gt Oceanwin 8 is owned by Shoushan Daji Wuliu Co Ltd care of manager Well Win Shipping Ltd of Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China. ISM manager is Oceanwin Intl Shipping Ltd of Hong Kong.

The port of Kiel has postponed the beginning of its Cruise Season. There will be no cruise ship calls in the port of Kiel before the end of April, the port has said.

“For information about individual cruises from and to Kiel please visit the websites of the shipping companies”, the port said.

Cruise ship Diamond Princess has received what Princess Cruises said was a Level-3 deep cleaning. Belfor Group cleaned and disinfected the entire ship in Japan following a Covid-19 outbreak earlier this year. The cruise company said that the Japanese Ministry of Health and CTEH monitored and approved the cleaning and process behind it. Japanese authorities have now certified the ship, lifting its quarantine and confirming her fit to sail. The ship is now at a shipyard by Yokohama Harbour where she will undergo a refurbishment — including replacing all mattresses, linens, toys, as well as planned technical projects, the company said. It is still scheduled to sail from Japan this summer, although it is unknown when the ship will return to service.