Marine accident round-up : 5th December 2018

Cargo ship Hak (IMO 8214889) caused an oil spill 10mx1.5m in the port of Berdiansk, south-eastern Ukraine, on November 28th. The pollution was cleaned up with the assistance of oil response vessel Sborshchik-401. 1983-built, Panama-flagged, 7,641 gt Hak is owned by Fer Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Ocean Eagle Shipping & Trading Co Ltd of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Lodestar on behalf of Fer Shipping Co Ltd.

A barge carrying construction equipment, with up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel and 400 gallons of hydraulic oil on board, capsized and possibly sank during the night of December 2nd, two miles southeast of Nahant, Massachusetts. Four of the five barges pushed by pusher tug Big Jake (IMO 8851170) had broken free and gone adrift on Sunday morning. The convoy was being escorted to Hull, Massachusetts. The US Coast Guard responded. Three fellow tugs joined the USCG in the attempt to retrieve the loose barges. The Smith Predator, Justice and Kendall J Hebert each brought their respective rescued barges to safety. The lone barge not rescued capsized two miles off the southeast coast of the Nahant peninsula. The Key Largo stayed near the last known location of the unfound vessel through the night. Massachusetts State Police and Boston Harbour Pilots were slated to search for the missing barge with sonar on December 3rd. The Port of Boston was still open, but the Coast Guard recommended to stay clear of the North and South Boston Main Channels until further notice, and to proceed with caution around the port. 1972-built, USA-flagged, 242 gt Big Jake is owned and managed by Safer Tug & Barge LLC of Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, USA.

Cargo ship Kryssholm (IMO 9579468) suffered difficulties in the Baltic Sea southwest of Bornholm on November 30th, one day after its departure from Frederiksværk to Kaliningrad. The ship limped towards the northeast tip of the island and dropped anchor. On December 2nd she was taken on tow by Danish tug Ronja (IMO 5111696) to be pulled to Svendborg, with an ETA of December 4th. 2011-built, Norway-flagged, 2,870 gt Kryssholm is owned by Bio Feeder AS care of manager Maritime Management AS of Leikanger, Norway. It is entered with Hydor AS.

More than six months after it sank off Bandra in the Arabian sea off Mahim Bay, “floatel” Avior has been cleared from the navigation channel. It was refloated on November 29th and taken to Mahim Bay, where it will be dismantled and sold as scrap. The ship struck a rock on May 25th and sank. The owner failed to retrieve the wreckage so the Maharashtra Maritime Board appointed Deep Water Services India Ltd in October to remove the wreck. The salvage team plugged several leaks, removed mud and debris and refloated the wreck with the help of air cushions. The wreck will be disposed of within seven days after transport to Mahim. Avior was home to the Ark Deck Bar restaurant. Despite MMB’s directives issued to floatels to set up to two thrusters at the front of the boat, the Avior apparently did not have them installed The Avior was heading to the harbour at Bhaucha Dhakka on Friday afternoon May 25th when her engine stopped working. Despite the captain dropping anchor, strong winds blew the vessel backwards toward Mahim Bay. There the vessel hit shallow waters and a rock breached the bottom of the boat, causing the vessel to tilt almost immediately, and sink.

An Indonesian ferry, the Gerband Samudra I, caught fire during the morning of December 2nd, five hours after leaving Surabaya, Java, heading for Banjarmasin, Kalimantan. The ferry had 148 people on board, of whom 145 were rescued by nearby Indonesian ships. Three people were missing. The abandoned ferry was drifting in the sea, still alight, late on December 2nd.