Marine accident round-up : 5th November 2021

Container ship MSC Rossella (IMO 9065443) allided with a gantry crane and ran aground on shallows during a trial engine run prior to its departure from Tokyo before dawn on October 30th. All of the mooring ropes snapped. The vessel’s main engine was not usable and needed to be repaired. The vessel was refloated during the afternoon of the same day. As of November 4th evening it was at anchorage in Yokohama, having departed Tokyo that afternoon for the short journey.

1993-built, Panama-flagged, 37,398 gt MSC Rosella is owned by Rossella Maritime Inc care of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA of Geneva, Switzerland. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Conglomerate Maritime Ltd.

A crew member of container ship Heron Hunter (IMO 9440801) needed to be medevaced by helicopter to the hospital in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria during the morning of November 3rd while the vessel was en route from Algeciras, Spain, to Cotonou, Benin. The ship  was about 61km southeast of Fuerte Ventura (160km from the airport on Gran Canaria) when the captain contacted the Coast Guard of the Canary Islands and requested an urgent medical transfer. A helicopter was then dispatched to pick up the crew member, a 30-year-old male. He was taken to hospital in Las Palmas and from there to the emergency room.

2009-built, Belgium-flagged, 41,358 gt Heron Hunter is owned by CMB NV and managed by Bocimar International NV of Antwerp, Belgium. ISM manager is CPO Containerschiffreederei of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of CMB NV.

The removal of fishing vessel Ocean Pursuit (IMO 7944865) from the wreck site on Bodie Island, North Carolina has been making steady progress. The hull was all that remained stuck in the sand, just over a week after crews from Cape Dredging Inc of Buxton started cutting apart the ship and hauling it off for scrap. Cape Dredging expected the $295,000 project to take about a month. Cape Hatteras National Seashore determined it was necessary to  remove the vessel before it potentially became necessary, and more expensive, to remove it later.

1979-built, USA-flagged, 124 gt Ocean Pursuit is owned and managed by Venture Fishing LLC of Neaufort, North Carolina, USA.

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Two feeder container ships, the O.P.K.3 (IMO 9092630) and NP Pathum Thani, collided during the afternoon of November 2nd in Chao Phraya river in the Bangkok area. The O.P.K.3 was leaving Bangkok port, bound for Laem Chabang, while the NP Pathum Thani was proceeding upstream to Klong Toey harbour, Bangkok, arriving from Laem Chabang. Both ships were loaded with containers. The bow of the NP Pathum Thani struck the starboard side of the O.P.K.3. The NP Pathum Thani suffered slight damage, while the O.P.K.3 portside hull was breached, causing significant water ingress. The ship rested on the bottom in shallow waters. The superstructure and part of the cargo deck remained above the waterline.

1995-built, Thailand-flagged, 670 gt O.P.K.3 is owned and managed by OPK Logistics Co Ltd of Bangkok, Thailand.

Derelict offshore supply ship Karar (IMO 9009322) had remained berthed in the Berbés docks since April 29th 2020 after its seizure by the police about 400 miles from Vigo, carrying about four tons of cocaine. The ship is waiting for the judicial process to advance, but there was seen to be little chance of the vessel going out to sea again, unless there was a buyer at auction.

1991-built, 1,105 gt Karar is reported as owned by Marcomer SA care of manager Servitec Steam Ship of Colon, Panama.