Chemical/oil products tanker Lerik (IMO 9575319) and general cargo ship Zhadeit (IMO 8887480) were in a collision in Rostov-on-Don during the afternoon of February 25th. Both vessels suffered damage. The Zhadeit had a dent to the bow while the Lerik was dented and breached in the hull. The Southern Investigation Department for Transport of the Russian Federation is investigating. There were no casualties in the incident.
2011-built, Malta-flagged, 4,684 gt Lerik is owned by Armada Voyager Three Co Ltd care of manager Palmali Gemicilik ve Acentelik AS (Palmali Shipping & Agency) Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with West of England Club (Eastern Claims team) on behalf of Armada Voyager Three Co Ltd.
1970-built, Russia-flagged, 3,994 gt Zhadeit is owned by Kama Six Shipping Co care of manager Sailtrade Denizcilik ve Ticaret Ltd Sti of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with VSK Insurance Co.
The operation to lift about 100 oil drums from the grounded Alta off the Irish coast has begun. Cork County Council engineers and the local police were involved in the operation, preparations for which started early on February 26th. All entrances to and from the site, which was on private land at Ballyandreen, near Ballycotton have been sealed off. There was a short delay, during which security staff were trying to locate a youth who sneaked into the site and was believed to have a drone which could compromise the operation. A helicopter owned by PDG Helicopters dropped winch ropes onto the ship at 09:45. The task was to remove four drums of oil at a time from the stricken ship and then fly them to a site 1km away, where they would be put into a truck and transported to an Enva Ireland waste depot in Portlaoise. Of the barrel, about 60% were full and 40% empty.
Update: More than 90 oil barrels had been removed from the Alta by close of play February 26th. Air services company PDG Aviation from Inverness successfully removed 62 full barrels and 33 empty barrels from the deck to a specially constructed drop off area on shore. The operation took several hours to complete. The barrels were then transferred onto a truck and removed by an environmental agent, with most of the oil being recycled and used to make tar for road surfacing. As a further precaution against pollution, the council has left oil absorbent pads and booms at some locations on board the ship where there could be residual seepage from pipe systems which have been drained. The council was now effectively closing down the wreck with the removal of the pilot ladder.
High-speed passenger/cargo RoRo Atlantic Express (IMO 8919506) allided with one of the retaining walls of the Port of Colonia upon its arrival from Buenos Aires during the evening of February 25th. There were about 260 passengers on board. The ship hit a small metal defence on the dock, which turned and opened a gap below the waterline, causing water ingress in the engine room. The passengers were able to get off safely. The crew started dewatering the vessel, and divers were hired to patch the hull. An oil boom was laid out. The ship will be repaired permanently at a yard in Buenos Aires. 1992-built, Uruguay-flagged, 2,998 gt Atlantic Express is owned by Lumary SA care of manager International Maritime Ser-Ast of Fremantle, Western Australia.
General cargo ship Hav Tuna (IMO 9084487) allided with jetty 1 of the locks of the Kiel Canal in Brunsbüttel shortly after midnight on February 26th while en route from Gijon to Szczecin. Upon entering the foreport of the small lock the ship was drifted by strong currents too far towards the jetty and, as a result, hit two dolphins with its starboard side bow. There were no reports of damage to the ship, but the dolphins were damaged, and the incident was investigated by the water police Brunsbüttel inside the lock. About 90 minutes later the ship started its eastbound canal transit. 1993-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 1,960 gt Hav Tuna is owned by Hav Coasters AS care of manager HAV ShipManagement NorRus of Kaliningrad, Russia. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of HAV Coasters AS.
NYK Cruises Co Ltd is to cancel all cruises on Asuka II (IMO 8806204), scheduled to sail in March, in addition to the 103-day world cruise scheduled to depart from Japan on April 2 and return in July. 1990-built, Japan-flagged, 50,142 gt Asuka II is owned and managed by NYK Cruises of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group London J1) on behalf of NYK Cruises Co Ltd.