Marine accident round-up : 3rd December 2019

Cargo ship Baltic Moon (IMO 9195729) allided with the quay of the west jetty in the outer port of Emden, north-west Germany, during the morning of November 29th,. The ship, coming from Klaipeda, Lithuania, veered off course upon its entry into port and hit the quay with its port side. The ship was damaged at the bow above the anchor bag. The quay wall was also damaged. The ship berthed at the Tongue Quay in Emden and was detained until repairs and a class survey could be carried out. The police launched an investigation into the accident. 2000-built, Isle of Man-flagged, 2,545 gt Baltic Moon is owned by Nor Baltic Bulkas care of manager COG Offshore AS of Karmsund, Norway.

https://www.emderzeitung.de/lokales_artikel,-schiff-rammt-kaimauer-_arid,2046075.html

Two passengers travelling aboard cruise ship Carnival Vista (IMO 9692569) were killed along with five others on November 28th in a crash during an excursion. The ship had left Galveston, Texas, on November 23rd on a seven-day cruise. According to early reports car went into oncoming traffic and crashed into a van carrying the passengers. All three Belizeans in the car died, along with the driver of the van and ship three passengers inside. They were returning to port when the crash happened. The cruise line said that five other passengers were hurt and one was transported to the US for medical attention. The 13 passengers in the van were Americans. Al the survivors were injured, and four of them were in a critical condition. Guests from at least one other cruise line were reported to also have been in the van. 2016-built, Panama-flagged, 133,596 gt Carnival Vista is owned by Carnival Cruise Line and managed by Carnival Corp, both of Doral, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club.

The Italian highest Court of Appeal (the Cassation) has rejected the release from seizure of scrapped passenger ship Norman Atlantic (IMO 9435466). It upheld the request of the Public Prosecutor of Bari. The wreck had been moored for four and a half years in the port of Bari, subject to seizure after a fire in December 2014 off the Albanian coast caused the death of 31 people and injured 64 others. A trial will begin in February 2020 with 32 defendants (30 natural persons and two companies) for various alleged crimes of negligent cooperation in shipwreck, culpable homicide and multiple violations on the security and navigation code. 2009-built, 26,904 gt Norman Atlantic is owned and managed by Visemar di Navigazione SRL of Porto Viro, RO, Italy.

The state of New Caledonia validated the removal of container ship Kea Trader (IMO 9701281) on November 28th, as had been requested by local elected officials. The shipowner will remove the remains of the container ship from the Durand reef off Maré, under strict conditions. The last plan in August prompted protests from the Coral Sea Park Scientific Committee, which was concerned about environmental risks. This left officials to strengthen the monitoring of the environmental consequences of the project. The High Commissioner of the Republic will send a letter to the Director General of the shipowner, Lomar Shipping, formalizing the removal agreement. 2017-built, Malta-flagged, 25,145 gt Kea Trader is owned by Kea Trader GmbH care of manager Lomar Deutschland of Bremen, Germany. ISM manager is Columbia Ship Management GEU of Hamburg, Germany.