Marine accident round-up : 4th August 2022

Cargo ship Robusta (IMO 9824992) was attended by police and Coast Guard teams from the narcotics department due to alleged smuggling of cocaine. The search took place after the vessel berthed at Martas port, Turkey, on July 30th, en route from Santos, Brazil, to Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey. Underwater inspections were performed by diver teams and 242kg of cocaine were alleged to have been found at the bottom of the ship. A legal file was opened by the public prosecutor and police authority. Departure permission was cancelled until the completion of investigations. Crew statements were collected by the authorities. The Robusta remained stationary in port as of August 3rd.

2019-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 41,416 gt Robusta is owned by POS Maritime CC SA care of manager Pan Ocean Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Pan Ocean Co Ltd.

Bulk carrier Roadrunner (IMO 9438042) was determined by local authorities to have polluted the sea after inspections by teams of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality and Control Department, Turkey, according to local reports. A fine of TL8.4m was imposed. Oil leakages were said to have been detected from the shaft of the vessel when it was in Dilovası Port. Oil barriers were erected around the ship. As of August 3rd the vessel was moored at Diliskelesi, near Gebze, Turkey.

2008-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 31,239 gt Roadrunner is owned by Etoile Marine Ltd-Mai care of manager Oceanbulk Maritime SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Etoile Marine Ltd. Gard SA is claims leader for hull on behalf of Starnulk SA.

Fishing trawler Steph Of Ladram (IMO 8026335) was in collision with general cargo ship Douwe S (IMO 9467225) late on July 30th about 41nm southwest of Land’s End, south of the Isles Of Scilly. Both vessels suffered minor damage, but no water ingress. The Douwe S was en route from Nea Moudania, Greece, to Sharpness, UK. The Steph Of Ladram was fishing with the gear in the water at the time and therefore had restricted manoeuvrability. The vessels had communication prior to the collision on VHF and had agreed on a safe course to steer. The Douwe S continued its voyage to Sharpness, where it arrived on August 1st. The Steph Of Ladram dropped its fishing gear in Mounts Bay, before proceeding into Newlyn harbour.

1981-built, UK-flagged, 180 gt Steph of Ladram is owned and managed by Waterdance Ltd of Exeter, UK. As of August 3rd it was in port at Newlyn, near Penzance, Cornwall, UK.

2011-built, Netherlands-flagged, 2,862 gt Douwe-S is owned by Douwe-S Motorschip BV care of manager Steenstra Shipping of Genemuiden, Netherlands. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Noord Nederlandsche P&I Club. As of August 3rd it was moored at Sharpness, Bristol Channel, UK.

Cargo ship RMS Ratingen (IMO 9249831) ran aground on the Weser near Altenesch late on July 31st en route to the UK. The ship moved instead to Bremen in the industrial port, where as of August 3rd it remained.

2002-built, Liberia-flagged, 1,898 gt RMS Ratingen is owned by RMS Ratingen BWK Schiffinvest care of manager Bulkers Marine Ltd of Piraeus, Greece.