Marine accident round up : 3rd Oct 2019

Cargo ship Gulf Argo (IMO 9783162) sank in bad weather in the Bay of Bengal near the Payra Fairway Buoy after an engine breakdown on September 13th. All 14 crew members were rescued by the Bangladesh Navy. A survey team has visited the vessel’s position but has not yet taken any action regarding salvage prospects. 2019-built, Bangladesh-flagged, 1,900 gt Gulf Argo is owned and managed by Gulf Orient Seaways of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Gulf Orient Seaways.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Giskøy (IMO 9832303) allided with the ferry dock at Hareid during the late morning of September 30th while running the Hareid-Sulesund route. The ship was travelling at some speed when the allision occurred, according to reports. Her bow ramp was damaged. She was able to drop off cars and its 36 passengers, none of whom was injured, at the second ferry dock. Sailings on the route were cancelled until the afternoon The Norwegian Maritime Directorate has launched an investigation. The damaged ferry headed to Sulesund where the damage was to be repaired at a shipyard.  2019-built, Norway-flagged, 2,641 gt Giskoey is owned and managed by Fjord1 AS of Floro, Norway.

As of the night of September 28th more than 74,000 gallons of fuel have been removed from the fuel tanks of capsized car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816), the St Simons Sound Unified Command (UC) has reported. Meanwhile, cleanup crews were responding to an oil discharge from the vessel. The Unified Command confirmed that divers were working to locate and secure the source of a discharge that was first reported on Monday afternoon October 1st. A similar oil discharge was reported on September 27th. Skimmers were also working to recover oil from the water. 2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 71,178 gt Golden Ray is owned by GL NV24 Shipping Inc care of manager Hyundai Glovis of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is G-Marine Service Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Hyundai Glovis Co, Ltd.

Permanent repair works to general cargo ship Ali Aga (IMO 8121719) were completed at a Tuzla shipyard, Turkey at the end of August. Final stability and incline test were conducted under supervision of state surveyors. All other inspection, test and sea trials were passed. A new set of trading certificates were issued by the flag state authority. The vessel has returned to trade with the same name and owners. She sailed from Tuzla on September 29th. Ali Aga suffered a loss of stability at Çelebi Bandirma on May 14th, 2017. The vessel capsized and sank at its berth within a few minutes, resting on its starboard side, partially above the water. It was refloated on June 30th and berthed after the cargo was removed. 1983-built, Turkey-flagged, 1,998 gt Ali Aga is owned by Mimas Denizcilik Yapi Taahhut care of manager Ayden Deniz Tasimaciligi Ve Ticaret AS of Istanbul, Turkey.

Shipping company Baleària has said that it was progressing in the work of removing the remains of CTL high-speed ferry Pinar del Río (IMO 9043952) from the pier of the port of Dénia, Alicante. It hoped that by the beginning of next week all elements above the waterline would have been removed. Moving the submerged hull was thought likely to take another month. Two specialized companies, Ardentia Marine and Varadero Vinaròs SL, were in charge of cutting up the vessel at the surface and removing the parts by means of a 250-ton crane. All these sections are being transferred to the authorized recycling plant, which is managed by Varadero Vinaròs SL. The underwater work will require a team of specialized divers. A larger crane than the current one in place, with a capacity of about 500 tons, will be installed in the coming days, along with a barge to be able to section and remove the submerged and heavier elements of the ferry, such as the engines.  The Pinar del Rio ran aground on the breakwater at the port entrance of Dénia upon its arrival from Ibiza late on August 16th. She became stuck 100 metres from the intended berth. 1992-built, Cyprus-flagged, 3,454 gt Pinar Del Rio is owned and ISM-managed by Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas. Commercial manager is Balearia Caribbean Ltd of the same address. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European syndicate) on behalf of Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas, SA.