Marine accident round-up : 5th May 2020

Cargo ship Worship Light (IMO 9087805) entered the Solomon Islands last week and delivered cargo brought in from Zhangijagang in China under what were reported to be circumstances that could have contravened the Solomons’ quarantine rules in the current Covid-19 pandemic. The vessel was reported to have been carrying in part a consignment of medical equipment requested by the Solomon Islands for the country’s Covid-19 preparations. However, both Solomon Islands Port Authority (SIPA) and SIMSA banned the vessel from entering for allegedly failing to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period currently required for foreigners or travellers entering the country. It came to the Solomon Islands from China and had spent fewer than the required number of days in effective quarantine. The vessel was however allowed to enter and berth at a private wharf at Ranadi. This was done without SIPA or marine officers’ involvement. 1994-built, Panama-flagged, 17,428 gt Worship Light is owned by Worship Light Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Feng Sea Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Feng Sea Shipping Pte Ltd.

Singapore has begun to move migrant workers who have recovered from the coronavirus onto two cruise ships, the SuperStar Gemini (IMO 9008419) and the SuperStar Aquarius (IMO 9008421) as part of efforts to reduce the spread of the disease within the workers’ dormitories. Singapore has  experienced a fast-moving second wave of cases, with the vast majority of new infections seen in dormitory complexes housing migrant workers, many of them construction labourers from South Asia. A group of these workers boarded the SuperStar Gemini on April 29th, with the SuperStar Aquarius ready to receive more, the Singapore Tourism Board said on May 1st. The vessels will be able to accommodate up to 2,000 people.

1992-built, Bahamas-flagged, 50,764 gt Superstar Gemini is owned by Ocean Dream Ltd-BAH care of manager Genting Cruise Lines of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Ocean Dream Ltd. Claims leader for H&M is The Swedish Club, on behalf of Star Cruises Management Sdn Bhd.

1993-built, Bahamas-flagged, 51,309 gt Superstar Aquarius is owned by Superstar Aquarius Ltd care of manager Genting Cruise Lines of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Superstar Aquarius Ltd. Claims leader for H&M is The Swedish Club, on behalf of Star Cruises Management Sdn Bhd.

Bulk carrier African Heron (IMO 9750000) was detained in Geelong, Victoria, Australia on May 1st after being found to be carrying fuel with a sulphur content above 0.5 %. The sulphur level in the fuel was one of three deficiencies noted during a PSC by inspectors of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The ship had berthed in port on April 30th. It was released during the afternoon of May 3rd and left, bound for Portland, Victoria, Australia. 2016-built, Bahamas-flagged, 21,521 gt African Heron is owned by African Heron Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Mur Shipping BV of Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISM manager is Dockendale Ship Management DMC of Dubai, UAE. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of African Heron Shipping Co Ltd.

Two crew members were injured, one fatally, after a gas bottle explosion on Russia’s largest floating fish factory the Vsevolod Sibirtsev (IMO 8610277) in Nakhodka on May 2nd. The second victim of the explosion, a woman, was hospitalized. The explosion damaged one of the vessel’s ballast tanks, and water ingress caused the vessel to list. The hole in the tank was patched and the vessel was straightened. 1989-built, Russia-flagged, 32.096 gt Vsevolod Sibirtsev is owned and managed by Yuzhmorrybflot JSC of Nakhodka, Primorskiy kray, Russia.