Marine accident round-up : 6th August 2020

A crew member tested positive for Covid-19 on container ship Ital Lirica (IMO 9322487) while the vessel was on the way from Ningbo, China, from where it had sailed on July 19th, to Singapore and from there to South Africa. The Ital Lirica is deployed on the South Africa Asia Express 1 (SA1) Service. The ship was being held under quarantine outside the port of Hong Kong after its arrival on July 23rd. 2007-built, Italy-flagged, 54,152 gt is owned by Vivaldi Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Niki Shipping Co SA of Athens, Greece. ISM manager is Italia Marittima SpA of Trieste, Italy. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Vivaldi Shipping Co Ltd. For H&M it is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Italia Marittima SpA.

A crew member tested positive for Covid-19 on container ship Bangkok Bridge (IMO 9463279) on July 28th when the ship arrived at the port of Shekou, Shenzhen, China. The vessel runs on the South Africa Asia Express 2 (SA2) route. The vessel was held at the anchorage outside the port and then continued to Manila, ETA August 5th. 2010-built, Panama-flagged, 44,234 gt Bangkok Bridge is owned by FJ Lines Inc care of manager Fukujin Kisen KK of Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of FJ Lines Inc.

Chemical/oil products tanker Venlo (IMO 9340350) ran aground on July 31st while approaching the Kuntuala Terminal near Boma in Congo. The ship was apparently directed 200 metres to the wrong side of a navigation buoy. It was the second oil tanker to be grounded in the area in the past two months, allegedly because river pilots had a tendency to ignore marker buoys. In June chemical/oil products tanker Sea Force (IMO 9322102)had to be refloated from a sandbank by a tug brought from Pointe Noire to Boma.

2007-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 8,539 gt Venlo is owned by Hudson Brent Ltd care of manager Tune Chemical Tankers BV of Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands. ISM manager is Chemfleet of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with West of England Club (European Claims Team) on behalf of Hudson Brent Ltd.

2006-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 8,539 gt Sea Force is owned by Champion Navigation SA care of manager Perosea Shipping Co SA of Piraeus, Greece. ISM manager is Pertanko Management SA of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team Greece) on behalf of Champion Navigation SA.

Container ship Bomar Valour (IMO 9242637) came into contact with a wall at the new North Lock in Brunsbuettel at around midday August 1st while entering the Kiel Canal. Reportedly the accident was caused by a delay in handling the stern mooring line. The lock wall was severely damaged, suffering a hole or dent of 10 metres long by a metre high, four metres deep. The ship was reported to have sustained slight damage and she was allowed to continue her voyage from Bremerhaven to Helsinki, where she arrived during the morning of August 4th.

2002-built, Liberia-flagged, 17,189 gt Bomar Valour is owned by Bomar Seven LLC care of Borealis Maritime Ltd. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Oslo 1) on behalf of Borealis Maritime LLC.

All passengers and crew managed to escape from a sinking passenger vessel on Thailand’s Chao Phraya River on Sunday evening, The National Thailand reports. Triple-deck vessel High Season 1 was said to be carrying 60 passengers, mostly Thai and Chinese tourists, plus 15 crew, when it sank near a private pier in Soi Somdet Chaophraya 1 in Bangkok’s Khlong San district. There were no reported injuries or damage to property or the environment. “The ship made a U-turn to return to the hotel when it reached Phra Pok Klao Bridge. The operator noticed that the ship was tilting to the right side, probably caused by a leak,” said Jakkri Sriraksa, a staff member from Khlong San Rescue Volunteer Foundation, as quoted by The National. “They radioed the nearest pier for emergency embarking and safely evacuated all 75 passengers and staff on the shore.”