Marine accident round-up : 3rd December 2020

A section of a container ship that was under construction at Kaohsiung Ship Yard, Taiwan, tilted and sank on November 28th during its relocation from one dry dock to another. From the look of the news report, the fore section with bulbous bow was to be moved to another dry dock, in order to be coupled with another section. Local news video at:

According to the lawyers associated with the case the High Court of Balochistan has fixed the next hearing date as December 3rd to hear the long-running case of scrapped cargo ship Royal Arsenal (IMO 9186766). An arrest order was issued for the vessel on June 29th 2019 as a result of a claim of damages and losses from a collision with LPG carrier Gas Infinity due to alleged negligence in navigation on April 7th 2019. The ship has remained under arrest at the Gadani Ship Breaking Yard ever since while the legal process ground its tortuous way through the courts. Recently, the court has issued an order for the release of the vessel.

General cargo ship Pacific Victor (IMO 9458456) allided with the pier of the DP World Jeddah Container Terminal whilst berthing in the port of Jeddah during the afternoon of November 19th The bulbous bow and the pier blocks were damaged. The water tightness integrity of the bulbous bow was not affected but there was some structural damage to frames and stiffeners. The damages to the pier blocks were being investigated. The ship remained moored in Jeddah as of December 2nd.

2014-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 20,682 gt Pacific Victor is owned by Cloud Jet Ltd care of manager Istanbul Denizcilik ve Deniz Tasimaciligi AS of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with American Club on behalf of Cloud Jet Ltd.

Eight of the 137 containers that were aboard container ship Mentari Crystal (IMO 8879926) when the vessel submerged and partially sank at the Teluk Lamong Terminal at the Port of Tanjung Perak in Indonesia in late November were reported as located, but yet to be recovered. Local authorities have dispatched patrol boats to secure the area to protect the floating containers. A representative of the owner of the vessel said that his party would be fully responsible for removing the sunken vessel as soon as possible. The container ship capsized at its berth at the Termaga Domestik Terminal Teluk Lamong, Surabaya, Jawa Timur, during the night of November 15th. The ship started to list heavily to starboard side at around 21:30 local time. This caused many of the 137 containers on board to fall into the sea, as a result temporarily caused some disruption of the Surabaya West Shipping Route (APBS). Ships crossing the APBS channel or Lamong bay were urged to be careful, because many containers were washed away. Oil booms were laid out after the sinking, and recovery of the containers commenced. 1992-built, Indonesia-flagged, 2,725 gt Mentari Crystal is owned and managed by Mentari Sejatiperkasa of Surabaya, Indonesia.

Maintenance crews at the Greenock, Scotland Garvel Dry Dock shipyard have claimed they were told to carry on working despite a Covid scare which sparked a deep clean of ferry Hebridean Isles (IMO 8404812) on November 23rd, according to local reports. Dales Marine staff alleged managers refused to meet with them and told them to keep servicing the ferry and ‘wash their hands’. Concerns had been raised through the yard after a CalMac crew member on the vessel currently at the yard tested positive for coronavirus. The crews alleged that everyone used the same gate, toilets, and worked on the ferry in close proximity with ship crew. Dales Marine responded that ‘immediate action’ had been taken when bosses were told of the positive test: “There has been no outbreak of Covid at Dales Marine Greenock, and to-date no employee has tested positive or shown any symptoms of the virus. If they do, they are advised to stay at home and inform Dales Marine in line with company Covid measures. The owner of the visiting vessel has separately dealt with and managed their own vessel and its crew, and some privacy on the matter has been applied to the client”, Dales Marine said. It added that ” “Dales Marine provides every member of staff with the appropriate PPE, which includes face masks, gloves and other PPE. Hand sanitizers are placed around the entire yard, at entrances and exits, Dales has sufficient stock of both PPE and hand sanitiser. Every employee is advised to use PPE, hand sanitiser and regular handing washing, in line with COVID guidelines. Employees are advised to keep a safe distance from one another and visiting vessels’ crew. Dales Marine employees and visiting vessels’ crew do not use the same facilities; visiting crew will use their own facilities on board.”The ferry had arrived in Greenock on November 6th. As of December 2nd the vessel was reported as underway from Kennacraig to an unspecified destination, with Marine Traffic indicating that the location was Port Askaig.

1985-built, UK-flagged, 3,040 gt Hebridean Isles is owned by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd of Gourock, UK. It is managed by Calmac Ferries Ltd of Gourock, UK. ISM manager is Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd of Gourock, UK. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Calmac Ferries Ltd.