Marine accident round-up : 5th August 2020

Swells around grounded bulk carrier Wakashio (IMO 9337119) off Mauritius has led to increased vigilance. Ocean water has been battering Mauritian waters since early on August 2nd. A staff of 20 salvors were assessing the damage. Repair work should begin this week. There were hopes that refloating of the vessel, followed by towing, could start in mid-August. 2007-built, Panama-flagged, 101,932 gt Wakashio is owned by Okiyo Maritime Corp care of manager Nagashiki Shipping Co Ltd of Kasaoka-shi, Okayama-ken, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Kobe Office in charge) on behalf of Okiyo Maritime Corp.

General cargo ship Deniz S (IMO 8103389) suffered water ingress in in its forepeak tank and cargo hold No. 2 in late July while en route from Constanta, Romania. The vessel listed heavily about 30nm east of Obzor in Bulgarian waters, northeast of Burgas. By July 31st the ship was under tow to Burgas and by early on August 1st it was safely docked in port. 1982-built, Tanzania-flagged, 4,281 gt Deniz S is owned and managed by Robinson Shipholding Co of Constanta, Romania.

Container ship UNI Florida (IMO 9308039) arrived in Jebel Ali with toppled containers on deck on July 27th, en route from King Abdullah Port. The aft stack of boxes had toppled over. It appeared that several had been lost overboard on port side. 2007-built, Panama-flagged, 36,483 gt Uni Florida is owned by Florida Containership SA care of manager Uni Ships & Management td of Hong Kong. ISM manager is Apex Ship Management of Singapore. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Florida Containership SA.


Sailings of Passenger/Cargo RoRo Paraguan√° 1 (IMO 9125891) have been suspended after six crew members tested positive for Covid-19. Quarantine was ordered on July 31st in the port of La Guaira, Venezuela. Sailings between the port of La Guaira and the island of Margarita will remain suspended until at least August 14th, at which time the authorities will re-evaluate the situation. 1996-built, Venezuela-flagged, 3,971 gt Paraguana 1 is owned and managed by Conferry of Caracas, Venezuela.