Marine accident round-up : 4th January 2019

The US Coast Guard has suspended any active search for one remaining unaccounted for crewmember of the adrift vehicles carrier Sincerity Ace (IMO 9519092). Good Samaritans from four merchant vessels were able to rescue 16 of the 21 Sincerity Ace crew, who were forced to abandon the vessel following a fire that broke out on December 31st about 2,000 miles northwest of Hawaii. The Coast Guard said that four missing mariners were located, but remained in the water as they were unresponsive and unable to react to life-saving equipment. The vessel remains abandoned and adrift. At the last report, it was listing to starboard and still on fire. The cause of the fire and the disposition of the cargo remain unknown, the Coast Guard said. 2009-built, Panama-flagged, 59,408 gt Sincerity Ace is owned by Cypress Maritime (Panama) SA care of manager Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd of Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Cypress Maritime (Panama) SA.

YouTube reconstruction of Good Samaritan response from VesselTracker.

Vehicles carrier Baltic Breeze (IMO 8312590) has been deemed beyond repair and has been sold to breakers in Aliaga, Turkey. A fire had broken out in the engine room during the night of October 14th, south of Heligoland. The ship had 3,000 cars on board, having sailed from Drammen, destination Cuxhaven, a couple of days earlier. The crew tried to extinguish the fire, but due to strong smoke development they sought the assistance of the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven, which then deployed firefighting experts onto the ship by helicopter. The fire was controlled through the course of the following day. 1983-built, Singapore-flagged, 29,979 gt Baltic Breeze is owned by Wallenius Lines Singapore care of manager Wallenius Marine Singapore Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Swedish Club (Gothenburg Team) on behalf of Wallenius Lines Singapore Pte Ltd.

Police say two barges that broke free from their moorings were estimated to have caused more than $1m in damage after slamming into boats and structures in Vancouver’s inner harbour. Sgt Jason Robillard of Vancouver police said that the barges, loaded with containers, were about the size of a football pitch. They broke free from their moorings in North Vancouver at early on December 26th. The barges drifted across the Port of Vancouver’s shipping lanes, striking two boats and three structures in the Coal Harbour Marina on the Vancouver waterfront. An emergency call alerted the police department’s marine unit to the loose barges just before 06:30. Two local tugs, the marine unit vessel and two boats from the Port of Vancouver managed to get both barges under tow about 90 minutes later and returned them to their moorings in North Vancouver.

Cargo ship FM Spiridon (IMO 7300992) suffered an engine failure in position off Iskenderun during the afternoon of December 24th while en route from Iskenderun to Beirut, sailing in ballast. The ship dropped anchor where repairs were carried out by the crew. 1973-built, Togo-flagged, 3,527 gt FM Spiridon is owned by EL Murr RT and Jerro MM care of manager Murr Shipping SA of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. ISM manager is GMZ Ship Management Co of Beirut, Lebanon.

Bulk carrier Amphitrite (IMO 9599157) was in collision with the Seaspan Osprey (IMO 9623128) whilst departing berth 2 at Roberts Bank, Westshore Terminal, British Columbia, Canada early on December 20th Both vessels suffered minor damage when the tug struck. The bulk carrier left Vancouver early on December 21st, bound to Fangcheng, Guangxi, China, ETA January 18th.

2012-built, Marshall islands-flagged, 51,905 gt Amphitrite is owned by Guam Shipping Co Inc care of manager Diana Shipping Services SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group London L2) on behalf of Guam Shipping Co Inc. It is entered for H&M with SIAT-Soc.Italiana SpA on behalf of Diana Shipping Inc, with Gard holding a subscription position.

2011-built, Canada-flagged, 441 gt Seaspan Osprey is owned and managed by Seaspan ULC of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

General cargo ship Sibel D (IMO 9065194) was refloated on December 23rd and towed to Nafplio, Greece, anchorage. She dropped anchor at the first place of convenience, where a detailed damage survey was to be carried out by divers in the presence of class surveyors. The Sibel D, with a crew of 13 on board, ran aground early on December 22nd while leaving Nafplio with a cargo of 2,200 tons of fertilizer, bound for Volos. The ship veered off the fairway and got stuck. An oil boom was laid out as a precaution. Salvage ship Platytera (IMO 9439278) arrived early  on December 23rd to proceed with the refloating. 1992-built, Panama-flagged, 2,857 gt Sibel D is owned by CHS Group of Co Ltd of Istanbul Turkey. ISM manager is CHS Group Ithalat Ijracat of the same address.

The Olinda Star (IMO 8754059) (formerly Petrobas XIII) was abandoned by its crew of 111 workers in a two-day operation starting on December 14th following an alert of the Cyclone Phethai from the Meteorological department in the Bay of Bengal between Kakinada and Yanam. The Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)-operated rig tilted due to the impact of the cyclone. Its anchor moorings then broke and the rig suffered hull damage, permitting water to seep into the hull. There were no casualties. A 12-member ONGC team visited the site on December 21st. The Indian Navy airlifted 13 people –a technical team and crew members – off the platform, using a UH3H helicopter from Indian Naval Station Dega. By December 22nd the rig was back on an even keel. Olinda Star, leased by ONGC, was moored in the Krishna-Godavari Basin.

1983-built, Liberia-flagged, 12,727 gt Olinda Star is entered for H&M (Energy) with Catlin Syndicate 2003 on behalf of Servicos De Petroleo Constellation