Marine accident round-up : 5th September 2018

Vessel traffic on Tuesday September 4th along the US Gulf Coast was restricted ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon, which was expected to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane near the Mississippi-Alabama border. Ports from New Orleans, Louisiana to Mobile, Alabama were closed to inbound traffic greater than 500 tons at 08:00 local time. The port of Pascagoula, Mississippi was closed to traffic by the US Coast Guard.

Oil products tanker Mencey (IMO 9280146) suffered an engine breakdown off the coast of La Tejita, Canary Islands, during the morning of August 31st. The ship was transporting kerosene to Tenerife South Airport. She was taken in tow by two tugs to the monobuoy where the cargo was unloaded without any spillage. Three vessels of Salvamanto Maritimo were deployed as escort to guarantee the safety of the manoeuvre. 2004-built, Spain-flagged, 4,599 gt Mencey is owned and managed by Petrogas of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Distribuidora Maritima Petrogas SLU.

Algerian ferry Tassili II (IMO 9265419) was in allision with Han Xin (IMO 9186754), while leaving the port of Oran, Algeria, bound for Alicante, Spain, early on September 1st. The ferry suffered a hull breach of four metres length and six centimetres width at starboard side when it struck the other ship, which had entered port on August 30th. On board were 1,287 passengers and 305 vehicles. ENTMV set up a crisis management unit and the National Ship Repair Company (ERENAV) sent a team of technicians to proceed with the repair of the breach. which was above the waterline. The repair was expected be completed at the end of the day to allow the ship to sail safely and return to the port of Alicante. An administrative technical team was appointed by the maritime authority to investigate the cause of the accident.

2004-built, Algeria-flagged, 20,024 gt Tassili II is owned and managed by ENTMV of Alger, Algeria. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Team 1) on behalf of Enterprise Nationale De Transport Maritime De Voyageurs (ENTMV).

1999-built, Panama-flagged, 13,066 gt Han Xin is owned by Hanson Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Kind Faith Shipping Co Ltd of Fuzhou, Fujian, China. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Hanson Shipping Co Ltd.

LPG Tanker Kuzguncuk (IMO 9235842) allided with a floating pontoon during its berthing manoeuvre at the BMF Terminal 20B in Burgas on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast during the afternoon of August 25th. The vessel was discharging LPG at the time and there were minor damages to the pontoon and a bent transition ladder. Also there was a slight displacement of the pontoon. No significant damages was found and the facility remained operational. The tanker sailed again on the morning of August 28th, bound to Temryuk, Krasnodar Krai, Russia. 2001-built, Turkey-flagged, 5,255 gt Kuzguncuk is owned by Kuzguncuk Tankercilik AS care of manager Anadoluhisari Tankercilik AS of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group London L4) on behalf of Kuzguncuk Tankercilik AS.

Cargo vessel Hai Bang Da 138 (MMSI 413584000) capsized about 10 miles southwest of Macau on August 28th while heading from Hong Kong to New York. The crew of the 85mx15m vessel sent a distress signal after the vessel started to list as a result of being caught in a thunderstorm. The Maritime Search and Rescue Center managed to rescue all 10 crew members before the vessel sank.