Marine accident round-up : 5th June 2020

Princess Cruises has extended the suspension of some of its voyages in Australia, Canada and Taiwan. The cruise line said that it had extended the delay of operations on all cruises sailing in and out of Australia through mid-September on the Sea Princess, Majestic Princess, Sun Princess and Sapphire Princess.

General cargo ship KM Odissey was reported missing during the morning of June 4th in the Bali Sea, Indonesia. PT Odyssey Maritim Nusantara Co said that the ship had reported generator and communications problems on May 29th. She was last seen on June 3rd some 40 nm north-northeast of Karangasem Regency, northeast Bali. The owners asked Bali maritime authorities to search for the ship, and to assist if necessary. The vessel has 21 crew on board. She was en route from Semarang to Bima, Sumbawa island, central Indonesia.

The St Simons Sound Incident Response crane lifted a 150ft wide section of netting from a barge on May 29th in preparation for its installation of an environmental protection barrier around capsized car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816) in St. Simon’s Sound, Georgia, USA. The netting is made from soft, high-tensile-strength polyester straps sewn on a 5ftx5ft grid pattern, stretching from the seabed to above the surface of the water. The netting will serve to capture potential debris from the wreck as the vessel is being cut and removed. It is designed to allow marine life to swim safely through it.2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 71,178 gt Golden Ray is owned by GL NV24 Shipping Inc care of manager Hyundai Glovis of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is G-Marine Service Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Hyundai Glovis Co, Ltd.

Aggregates carrier Mastronikos (IMO 7624348) came into contact with the pier while berthing at Heraklion port, Crete, Greece during the morning of June 3rd, on arrival from Tsingeli, Greece. The bow of the ship was dented and holed above waterline, with holes or cracks of a reported 2cm in size. The ship left Heraklion on the evening of the same day, bound for Psara, Greece. 1977-built, Greece-flagged, 1,839 gt Mastronikos is owned and managed by D Sea Carrier Shipping Co of Athens, Greece.

VLCC Yuan Hua Hu (IMO 9723588) has reached Durban safely and was berthed at the New Pier Container Terminal, seven days after losing power off South Africa and being in danger of drifting onto one of the most dangerous coastal stretches in South Africa. The tanker had sailed in ballast as it encountered machine problems on its way from Singapore to Angola. It was stopped by dropping anchor just a mile from the coast. Tug Smit Siyanda reached the tanker first and stabilized the situation. Subsequently a more powerful tug, the Pacific Dolphin, arrived and on May 30th the tow to Durban commenced. The convoy arrived in Durban during the morning of June 2nd.2015-built, China-flagged, 160,081 gt Yuan Hua Hu is owned by Cosco Shipping Tanker Dalian of Dalian, Liaoning, and managed by Cosco Shipping Energy Trans of Shanghai, China. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Cosco Shipping Tanker Dalian Co Ltd. Claims leader for H&M is Swiss Re AG on behalf of Cosco Shipping Captive Insurance Co Ltd.

Bulk carrier Shahriar Jahan (IMO 9263239) grounded during a storm at Mongla port, Mongla river, Bangladesh, on June 2nd, while offloading 21,000 tons of limestone that had been loaded in Vietnam. The crew was reported as safe, and the vessel was refloated on June 3rd with the high tide, having suffered little or no damage. 2002-built, Bangladesh-flagged, 25,557 gt Shahriar Jahan is owned by SR Shipping Ltd care of manager brave Royal Ship Management of Chattogram, Bangladesh. It is entered with West of England Club (Eastern Claims team) on behalf of SR Shipping Ltd.