Marine accident round-up : 5th January 2022

General cargo ship Homao (IMO 8876986) was disabled on December 24th after what was reported as water ingress in its engine room. A distress signal was sent at around 08:00 local time December 24th when the vessel was some 50nm north of Keelung, northern Taiwan, according to a report from Taiwan English News. The nine crew abandoned the ship shortly after issuing the distress signal, and were reported as safe. The ship was en route from Danang Vietnam, sailing in a north-eastern direction, when the incident occurred.. Kaohsiung, Taiwan-based salvage tug Salvage Champion. It was later reported that the Homao was towed for some time in rough weather conditions, but eventually broke the towing line and drifted aground on Xianjiao island coast, Penghu islands, Taiwan, Taiwan Strait. On December 27th the freighter was reported by Taiwanese Maritime Authorities to be located in water shallows off The vessel was said to have about 20 tons of fuel on board.

1994-built, Belize-flagged, 499 gt Homao is owned and managed by Eastcoast Investing Ltd of Hong Kong, China.

Cargo ship Hai Feng Hai Kou (IMO 9331127) allided with the berthed container ship Bohai Star (IMO:9224362) during manoeuvring while the former was leaving the port of Kobe on the morning of December 26th. The extent of damage to the vessels was unknown, but both ships were able to depart Kobe the same day.

As of January 4th the Hai Feng Hai Kou was en route from Kobe, japan, to Dlaian, China, ETA January 6th. The Bohai Star was underway from Zhangjiagang, China to Tokyo, Japan, ETA January 8th.

2007-built, China-flagged, 9,531 gt Hai Feng Hai Kou is owned by SITC Steamships Hainan Co Ltd care of manager SITC Steamships Co Ltd of Shandong, China. It is entered with London Club on behalf of SITC Steamships (Hainan) Co. Ltd.

2000-built, Panama-flagged, 7,409 gt Bohai Star is owned by Tongfa Container Ltd care of manager Fonway Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore.

Five crew members aboard cargo ship CSL Kajika (IMO 9710579) were sent to hospital in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada after suffering injuries from an explosion on the ship on December 27th. Two crew members suffered minor burns to their faces and hands, while three others sustained superficial injuries. The incident was reported to have been caused by methane igniting in a carpenter’s workshop while the ship was at anchor. One of the crew would need further treatment for a broken bone. The ship did not incur any structural damage. The incident was under investigation and Transport Canada has cleared the vessel to return to operations. As of January 4th the vessel was in port at Aulds Cove in the St Lawrence Gulf, Canada destination Sydney, Nova Scotia.

2015-built, Bahamas-flagged, 44,408 gt CSL Kajika is owned by Hull 2227 Shipping Ltd care of the CSL Group Inc (Canada Steamship Lines) of Montreal, Canada. It is managed by CSL Americas of Middleton, Massachusetts, USA.

ISM manager is V Ships USA LLC Boston of Middleton, Massachusetts, USA.