Marine accident round-up : 4th January 2024

The Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft arrested three stowaways aboard tankship Front Altair (IMO 9745902) at Lagos roadstead on December 27th. The stowaways had concealed themselves in the rudder compartment of the vessel. They had boarded it with the assistance of fishermen. The stowaways have been handed to the Nigerian Immigration Service for necessary action.

2016-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 62,849 gt Front Altair is owned by Front Altair Inc care of Frontline Management As of Oslo, Norway. ISM manager is International tanker Management Ltd of Dubai, UAE. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Front Altair Inc. Gard is claims leader for Hull and Loss of Hire, on behalf of Frontline Management AS. On December 30th it had been en route from Lagos to Cape Town, South Africa.

Migrant rescue ship Ocean Viking (IMO 8506854) has been detained in the port of Bari for 20 days from its arrival on December 30th, having failed to proceed direct to port after a rescue. The vessel had diverted to rescue 70 more people. A law passed last year in Italy requires migrant rescue vessels to proceed directly to a designated port once migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean.

During three operations the ship rescued 244 migrants off the coast of Libya on December 27th. It informed the Italian authorities and was directed to Bari, south-east Italy. However, the vessel then received a new alert regarding a boat in distress about 15 miles away with about 70 people on board. It diverted to rescue these migrants. It claimed that to fail to do so would have been a contravention of SOLAS.

1986-built, Norway-flagged, 2,306 gt Ocean Viking is owned by SAR Offshore AS care of Hoyland Offshore AS of Steinsland, Norway. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Energy) on behalf of Hoyland Offshore AS. As of January 3rd it was moored at Bari.

A fire broke out in the engine room of Ferry Toshima 2 (IMO 9820764) off the coast of Badishijima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, on December 29th. There were 29 passengers and crew on board the vessel, none of whom were injured. However, the vessel was disabled and had to be towed to Kagoshima Port during the morning of December 30th. Operator Toshima-Mura boarded the ferry to investigate the cause of the fire in detail. The ferry’s schedule was taken over by another vessel from the owners’ company.

2018-built Japan-flagged, 1,953 gt Ferry Toshima 2 is owned by Japan Railway of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan. It is managed by Toshima-Mura of Kagoshima, Japan.

A Malaysian-flagged tugboat, the Pretty 9, was reported as missing in the waters of Bintan Island, located in the Riau Islands, on Friday December 22nd. No further details available.

During the evening of December 25th the Antwerp port authority received a phone bomb threat, claiming that there was a bomb in car in container ship MSC Bhavya V (IMO 9297876) , which was heading for Antwerp. The ship had left Hamburg on December 24th. No bomb was found. By January 3rd the vessel was en route from Sines, Portugal (departed January 2nd) to Piraeus, Greece, ETA January 6th

2005-built, Liberia-flagged, 55,344 gt MSC Bhavya V is owned by Idyli Oceanway Ltd care of MSC Shipmanagement of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Conglomerate Maritime Ltd.