Marine accident round-up : 5th February 2020

Passenger ship Celebrity XPedition (IMO 9228368) left Damen ship repair yard on Curacao shortly before midday on February 2nd at after repairs of her grounding damage were completed. She was assisted by two KTK tugs and was now sailing back to the Galapagos Islands, with an ETA of February 6th. Late on November 5th last year all 46 passengers and 58 non-essential crew members were disembarked the vessel after she ran aground near the Galapagos islands in Punta Vicente Roca, northern Isabela Island. 2001-built, Ecuador-flagged, 2,937 gt Xpedition is owned by Islas Galapagos Turismo of Quito, Ecuador. It is managed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd of Miami, Florida. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group Americas G7) (under name Celebrity Xpedition) on behalf of Ocean Adventures SA.

Ore carrier Ore Sudbury (IMO 9000986) which had been damaged by a fire off Rio De Janeiro last November 22nd 2019, was taken in tow by tug Fairmount Glacier  towards the breakers in Chittagong, with an ETA of March 15th. 1992-built, Liberia-flagged, 154,552 gt Ore Sudbury is owned by Sea Vilet Carriers SA care of manager Maran Dry Management Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Sea Violet Carriers SA.

A pilot boarding container ship Maersk Leticia (IMO 9526916) on January 31st at Itajai, Brazil had a narrow escape when one of two securing ropes broke while he was still climbing the ladder and preparing to step onto the accommodation ladder. The pilot managed to keep his balance, and safely completed the boarding, but the second pilot aborted the boarding. 2011-built, Hong Kong flagged 89,174 gt Maersk Leticia is owned by Maersk Shipping Hong Kong Ltd care of manager Maersk AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Standard Club (European Division) on behalf of Maersk Shipping Hong Kong Ltd

After the completion of repairs to the damage caused by an allision with bulk carrier Indigo Silva (IMO 9642162), bulk carrier Niton Cobalt (IMO 9287144) resumed discharging the balance of 4,500 tonnes of damaged cargo onto a lighter vessel at Chittagong outer anchorage on January 19th. The operation was expected to be completed this week, after which the vessel should sail for Singapore. Niton Cobalt allided with Indigo Silva while manoeuvring for departure on December 17th. The Niton Cobalt contacted the bulbous bow and stem of the Indigo Silva, suffering hull damage as a result, causing a flooding of the hold, which contained gypsum in bulk.

2013-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 23,273 gt Indigo Silva is owned by INS Maritime SA care of manager IMECS Co Ltd of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with Britannia Club on behalf of IMS Maritime SA.

2004-built, Bahamas-flagged, 30,081 gt Niton Cobalt is owned by Niton Cobalt Maritime Ltd, care of manager Akra Global Marine Services LLC of Dubai, UAE. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Niton Cobalt Maritime Ltd.

The bodies of two missing fishermen were recovered from fishing vessel Pappy’s Pride on January 31st. Antonio Robles, 44, and Raymond Herrera, 56, of Texas City, had been missing since the collision on January 14th. The vessel was leaving on a shrimping run when it collided with the Bow Fortune in dense fog.