Marine accident round-up : 3rd July 2018

At least one American tourist died and 10 people were injured after a tour boat exploded in the Bahamas, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

The explosion occurred shortly after 09:00 on Saturday June 30th in waters off Barraterre island in the Exuma Cays. The 40-foot chartered tour boat was carrying 10 tourists and two Bahamians when an engine exploded, engulfing the vessel in flames.  A local MP identified the person who died as an American woman.

Four Americans were airlifted to a hospital in Florida, according to US Coast Guard Southeast. Others, including the boat’s captain, were treated at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau. The captain was also the owner of 4 C’s Adventures tour company. The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Exuma branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the USCG said.

A fire broke out aboard passenger cargo RoRo Columbia (IMO 7320095) during the morning of June 29th while she was docked at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Alaska. Crew members saw black smoke coming from a bow vent at waterline level and at the door to the bow thruster engine room. The ship’s fire alarm was sounded and crew members went to their posts, including the ship’s firefighting team. A total of 190 passengers and an undetermined number of cars were aboard. The passengers left in good order. An automatic system sealed the doors to the engine room and the crew activated the boat’s on-board Co2 fire-suppression system. The Bellingham Fire Department sent two engine crews to assist. The firefighters monitoring devices and sensors showed the presence of carbon monoxide in the room that housed the bow thruster engine. The cause of the fire currently was not known. The ferry had several scheduled sailings cancelled. 1974-built, USA-flagged, 13,009 gt Columbia is owned and managed by Alaska State of Alaska, USA. It is entered with Navigators on behalf of Alaska State. Note, as of 8th February 2018, Navigators transferred the management of its marine P&I business to Thomas Miller Specialty Underwriting Agency Limited (TMS).

General cargo ship Angela (IMO 9326976) grounded while berthing at the Carmel Terminal in Haifa, Israel, on June 22nd. The vessel sustained damage to its rudder and propeller and the plan was to tow her to drydock for repairs. 2005-built, Gibraltar-flagged, 9,962 gt Angela is owned by Bergen Box Carriers care of manager Myklebusthaug Management AS of Fonnes, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Bergen Box Carriers AS.

Bulk carrier Sumatra (IMO 9753260) had a bottom touch during the afternoon of June 28th near Puerto Eden in the vicinity of Angostura Inglesa, south-west Chile. There were 21 crew on board. The vessel was forced to anchor in the vicinity of the Isla Medio Canal. Patrol boats were sent to assist. The bulk carrier remained anchored awaiting navigational support to a safe area. The vessel sailed from Lirquen, Chile, on June 25th and was bound for Recalada, Argentina. 2016-built, Portugal-flagged, 25,569 gt Sumatra is owned by Green Dolphin GmbH care of manager Aug Bolten Wm Miller’s Nachfolger (GmbH & Co) KG, of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Termare Holding GmbH & Co KG. Marine Hull and Machinery and Loss of Hire is with Gard AS.