Marine accident round-up : 5th June 2019

General cargo ship Romi (IMO 8922266) suffered a coolant leak in the engine power head when she was 25 miles south of Durlstone Head, en route from Drammen, Norway, to Barreiro, Portugal, with a crew of six on board. The captain reported the crew could not fix the issue and intended to contact the owners about routing to Le Havre. UK tug MTS Indus was deployed to pull the ship to Le Havre ETA, where she arrived late on June 1st. 1992-built, Bahamas-flagged, 2,373 gt Romi is owned by Misje Bulk AS care of manager Misje Rederi AS of Bergen, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Misje Bulk AS. It is entered for H&M and Loss of Hire with Gard AS on behalf of Misje Bulk AS.

Migrant rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3 (IMO 7302225) was released by Italian authorities on June 1st after three weeks in custody. The vessel had been impounded in Licata after rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean. The ship had initially been barred from docking in Italy but the decision of interior minister Matteo Salvini was overturned by the European Court of Human Rights, which said that Salvini’s actions violated international law. Salvini claimed that the captain of the ship had entered Italian waters illegally. Organization Sea-Watch claimed that he only did so after several of those rescued threatened to kill themselves if they were not allowed to disembark in Italy. 1973-built, Netherlands-flagged, 645 gt Sea Watch 3 is owned and managed by Sea Watch EV of Berlin, Germany.

There were two fires on ships on the Old Stream of Warnemünde, Rostock, Germany early on June 2nd, caused by unknown perpetrators. Around midnight, burning was detected aboard passenger m/v Undine (IMO 9659804). The emergency services managed to prevent the flames from spreading. At 05:45, only a few metres from the Undine, a fire broke out aboard the Contentment, with the emergency services once again managing to extinguish it promptly, although not before considerable damage was caused. Both fires were thought to have been started deliberately. 2013-built, Germany-flagged, 189 gt Undine is owned and managed by Hohe Dune GmbH of Rostock, Germany.

Passenger ship Columbus (IMO 8611398) decided to dock at the Felison Cruise Terminal in IJmuiden during the morning of June 2nd after hitting something in the water. The Port of Amsterdam and the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate were on board for consultation. The ship had left for the Norwegian Fjords on May 31st but soon experienced rudder problems. It was forced to turn around and sail back to IJmuiden. Because of the problems with the rudder the ship received assistance from two tugs to reach its berth. 1989-built, Bahamas-flagged, 63,786 gt Columbus is owned by Lyric Cruise Ltd care of manager Global Cruise Lines Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with American Club on behalf of Lyric Cruise Ltd.

Passenger ship Costa Mediterranea (IMO 9237345) was unable to hoist two of its lifeboats back to its davits during a rescue exercise at Stavanger during the afternoon of June 1st. One of the lifeboats got stuck and was hanging bow up on the port side. A crane had to be called to put the lifeboat back in place and to secure it. The crane was mounted on the deck of barge Shjandtor to perform the replacement. Departure was delayed until June 2nd as a result.