Marine accident round-up : 4th November 2019

Cargo ship Lady Siria (IMO 9163568) encountered technical problems during the morning of October 30th on the River Danube at the 37.5km mark on the Tulcea arm in Romania. She was en route from Tulcea to Torre Annunziata with a cargo of maize. Her propulsion failed and the crew lost control, causing the disabled ship to hit a pontoon boat which was berthed in the central area of Tulcea off the Delta hotel. The pontoon boat capsized due to the impact, ending up half submerged. No-one was injured, there was no pollution and river traffic was not affected. Lady Siria remained moored. 1998-built, Belize-flagged, 4,355 gt Lady Siria is owned and managed by Adriamediteran Ltd of Tripoli, Lebanon. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of Adriamediteran Ltd.

The operation to unload 2,600 tonnes of naphtha from the Nu Shi Nalini (IMO 9619608), which remains stranded 2.5 miles off the coast of Goa, India, has been delayed from its original start date of October 31st. Although a high-power pump for the operation had reached Mormugao Port, and a military helicopter was to place it on the vessel, the pump fell into the sea on October 29th while it was being ferried to the site in bad weather. A Sea King helicopter reportedly dropped the diesel hydraulic power pack (DHP) into the water after the helicopter started oscillating vertically while airlifting the pump onto the vessel. The DHP had to be dropped in water to avoid the pump crashing onto the vessel, which could have sparked off a fire. Naval divers were deployed to assist in the recovery of the generator. Cyclone Kyarr in late October led to the grounding of vessel on a rocky shelf. No oil spill has been reported, but the Indian Coast Guard has stationed an oil spill response vessel on site in case of an emergency.  The unmanned tanker, which was anchored off Mormugao Port Trust harbour, drifted towards Raj Bhavan at Dona Paula on October 24th. It also contains 50 tonnes of heavy oil and 19 tonnes of diesel. 2012-built, India-flagged, 11,246 gt Nu Shi Nalini is owned by Arya Ship Charterers Pvt Ltd care of manager Elektrans Shipping Pvt Ltd of Mumbai, India.

Fishing boat Bukhta Naezdnik (IMO 8913253) must be removed by New Year, local authorities have told the owners. The Norwegian Coastal Administration’s Emergency Centre, in a letter dated October 21st, gave shipping company Murmansk Trawl Fleet until November 8th to present a salvage plan for the wreck. The shipping company Norebo, of which the Murmansk Trawl Fleet shipping company is a part, said that it expected a salvage agreement to be signed very soon. A fire aboard the vessel broke out shortly before midday on September 25th at the quay at Breivika in Tromsø, causing a heavy development of smoke from the bow 1991-built, Russia-flagged, 1,899 gt Bukhta Nayezdink is owned and managed by Karat-1 ZAO of Murmansk, Russia. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Oslo 2) on behalf of JSC Norebo Holding.

Transshipment operations of chemicals from oil products tanker Stolt Groenland (IMO 9414072) were completed on October 28th. During the next two weeks, the tanks of the vessel will be cleaned to make sure there are no more chemical residues. At the same time, officials also plan to transfer the 700 tons of fuel oil still remaining on board the vessel. 2009-built, Cayman Islands-flagged, 25,881 gt Stolt Groenland is owned by Stolt Groenland BV care of Stolt Tankers BV of Rotterdam, Netherlands. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Stolt Groenland BV. It is entered for H&M with Gard AS.