Marine accident round-up : 6th August 2018

Container ship Cap San Tainaro (IMO 9633965) reportedly was intercepted by the Colombian Navy and a fast response team in the Caribbean on August 2nd off Cartagena, Colombia, when the ship was en route to Caucedo, Dominican Republic. An anti-drug team boarded the ship, checked containers and found 1,144x1kg packages of pure cocaine hidden in a container loaded with wine. The team arrested 15 persons allegedly related to this shipment, some crew members reportedly among them. The ship was engaged on the Eurosal Loop 1 and the cocaine was reportedly destined for Antwerp, Belgium. The ship was taken back to Colombian waters and moored at Barranquilla Anchorage for further investigations. As of the evening of August 4th it was reported as being once again underway, a short distance north of Barranquilla. 2014-built, Singapore-flagged, 118,938 gt Cap San Tainaro is owned by Cap San Tainaro Pte care of manager Enesel Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Swedish Club (Piraeus team) on behalf of Cap San Tainaro Pte Ltd.

A fire broke out in the engine room of historic sailing vessel Stella Maris, 83 ts (EU-No.: 03011455) at the IJssel dike in Capelle upon the IJssel, western Netherlands, during the afternoon of July 31st. The fire spread to the wheelhouse, which was gutted by the flames. The ship was underway to the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam at the time. She was pushed to the shore by a work boat of Boskalis. One person was saved from the ship without suffering injury.

Gardet & Bezenac Recycling, a subsidiary of the Baudelet Environment group, will take general cargo ship Britannica Hav (IMO 8506440) out of the water in Le Havre, where it had been berthed ahead of being dismantled. After being hoisted onto the ramp on August 7th the wreck gradually will be cut up, over a period of about two months. The company is one of four French European companies certified by the European Commission last December for the dismantling of EU vessels. Britannica Hav turned over after being struck by general cargo ship Deborah – Z 121 in the English Channel during the afternoon of March 20th when some 50 miles north-east of Cherbourg. She was towed away from the Osaka Quay in Le Havre during the evening of April 9th to the Chantiers Gardet and Bezenac. Taklift 4, which had been called from Norway, turned Britannica Hav upright on April 7th. 1985-built, Malta-flagged, 1,521 gt Britannica Hav is owned by Hav Bulk AS of Raadal, Norway, and managed by Hav Shipmanagement Norrus AS of Kaliningrad, Russia. It is entered with Gard P&I Club (Bermuda) on behalf of Hav Bulk AS.

General cargo ship Kaya (IMO 9250385) suffered an engine failure after heaving anchor on the Upper-Bakaritskiy Roads, Arkhangelsk while approaching the Transect Railway Bridge early on July 30th. Both anchors were dropped, and the vessel was stopped short of the bridge. The crew managed to start the main engine some 40 minutes later, and with the assistance of three port tugs, the vessel was moored safely alongside berth No 118. 2002-built, Russia-flagged, 6,577 gt Kaya is owned by Mester Commercial Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. ISM manager is Mortransservice LLC-Moscow of Moscow, Russia. Kaya (ex Thorco Sky) is entered with Ingosstrakh on behalf of Мортранссервис.

Fishing vessel Reiu (IMO 8846620) was detained in the Barents Sea by a Russian Border Force patrol vessel on a charge of illegally extracting and processing Kamchatka crab on August 1st. The Reiu was stopped and a patrol team boarded the vessel. Prior to boarding, the crew members of the fishing vessel were observed trying to throw overboard the illegally harvested crab. Following the detention, the fishing vessel was escorted to the port of Murmansk for control and verification procedures. 1991-built, Russia-flagged, 121 gt Reiu is owned and managed by Arctic Maritime Ltd of Murmansk, Russia.