Marine accident round-up : 5th February 2021

No trace has been found of the crew of general cargo ship Carmen I (IMO 6612269) which is feared to have sunk in the Caribbean  about 65nm from Cartagena on January 21st (IMN, January 26th). Last week a ship found 17 coffee thermos that were part of the cargo. The crew of the Carmen I comprised a Bolivian captain and nine Colombians. 1996-built, Bolivia-flagged, 495 gt Carmen 1 is owned and managed by Transportadora Maritima of Panama City, Panama.

Drilling ship Valaris-DS4 (IMO 9459943) broke its moorings  in stormy weather at the Hunterston Terminal in the Firth of Clyde on February 2nd, going adrift and sending a mayday call. The ship had been in an intermediate lay-up between two commissions since December 27th. Two lifeboats and a Coastguard helicopter were in attendance at the scene in the night until the Coastguard confirmed that the drifting ship could be anchored temporarily off Hunterston. The vessel had drifted without power in high winds near the nuclear power plant’s cooling inlet The rescue operation was still ongoing on February 3rd. The vessel had eight crew members on board. The vessel was holding its position after its starboard anchor was deployed. The engines have now been restored and the ship’s technical managers were working with the Port Authority to return the ship to a place of safety.

Dubai-based Noah Shipmanagement, Technical Managers of the drill ship, reported that the vessel remained in position in the Hunterston Channel, safely anchored and with her engines and thrusters operational, should they be required. A crew of eight, including a Master and Chief Engineer, were on board to work with the local authorities and Marine Coastguard Agency to prepare for the return of the vessel to the lay-up berth once the weather improves. The Drill Ship was anchored some 150/200 metres off the berth. There were no injuries or pollution. The managers wish to thank the local Authorities and the Port Management for their timely and professional response to this incident.

2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 60,162 gt Valaris DS-4 is owned by Ensco Ocean 1 Co care of manager Valaris PLC of London, UK.

It was also reported that the same night of February 2nd drilling ship Ensco DS8 (IMO 9659531) which was moored at the Hunterston Terminal, also threatened to break from its moorings in stormy weather. Four tugs secured the ship until the weather improved. The RNLI boat from Girvan and rescue teams of the Coastguard were in attendance until the situation was resolved. The vessel is owned by Ensco Intercontinental GmbH of care of manager Valaris of London, UK. ISM manager is EnscoInternational Inc of Houston, Texas, USA.

Container ship Montreal Express (IMO 9253741) suffered a blackout on the River Elbe shortly after leaving HHLA Terminal in Hamburg on January 27th. The ship had to drop both anchors in emergency. Container ship MSC Madrid (IMO 9480198), which was sailing in the wake of Montreal Express, narrowly avoided a collision thanks to a quick reaction of a tug at her stern. Montreal Express lost one of its anchors and was taken back to port after the accident. The anchor was located and recovered by a floating crane. The anchor was restored to its proper place and the ship resumed its voyage on January 27th, en route from Hamburg to Montreal, Canada, ETA February 4th.

2003-built, Bermuda-flagged, 55,994 gt Montreal Express is owned and managed by Hapag Lloyd of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is Anglo-Eastern Germany GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Hapag Lloyd AG. For H&M it is entered with AGCS, with Gard having a subscription position.