Marine accident round-up : 6th February 2020

Fishing boat Pam Bonn (IMO: 7715496) was in collision with motor launch Alcamar 1 during the early evening of January 31st about 20 miles from Yani Cove in the Lebu-Región of Biobío, Chile. The Alcamar I sank with the resultant death of one local fisherman. One more body was later recovered, while one fisherman remained missing. Three were rescued. 1978-built, Chile-flagged, 945 gt Pam Bonn is owned and managed by Bio Bio Pesquera SA of Talcahuano, Chile.

Cargo ship Mustafa Kemal 1 (IMO 8207410) proved unable to refloat under her own power after an incident at Mersin, Turkey on January 24th. A tug and salvage team were called from Iskenderun to provide assistance. Upon completion of an initial damage survey and an inspection of the grounding site, a towing connection was established and the vessel arrived at a repair yard in Iskenderun during the evening of February 1st. A detailed damage survey was under way. The vessel was fined for a breach of safe navigation regulations. 1983-built, Turkey-flagged, 1,533 gt Mustafa Kemal 1 is owned and managed by Mustafa Okan Ogullari of Mersin, Turkey. It is entered with Noord Nederlandsche P&I Club.

Two more bodies were found dead on February 2nd aboard scrapped  tankship Zoya 1 (IMO 9081174), increasing the death toll to four. Eight were injured and three remained missing. There were a total of 12 crew members and 44 technicians aboard the vessel when the fire broke out, thought to be called by repair works. The ship had been anchored off Sharjah since at least 2018 due to financial and legal disputes. 1996-built, Panama-flagged, 156,852 gt Zoya 1 is owned and managed by Ullib Shipping Inc of St Kitts & Nevis. ISM manager is Aurum Ship Management FZC of Sharjah, UAE.

Twelve people aboard general cargo ship Graha Angkasa I (IMO 9124823) were rescued on February 3rd. The ship had suffered water ingress in stormy weather during the evening and went adrift following an engine breakdown in the waters of Serei, North Minahasa, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The evacuation process was difficult because of very heavy rainfall, accompanied by high waves and minimal light. The vessel, with a cement cargo of approximately 3,000 tons later sank.  1995-built, Indonesia-flagged, 1,837 gt Graha Angkasa 1 is owned and managed by Graha Wahana Pratama Lines PT of Batam, Indonesia.

Bulk carrier Life Passion (IMO 9737888) has been kept at an anchorage 31km off Oostende ever since her arrival from Novorossiysk on January 20th. A safety zone of one nautical mile around the ship has been established by the MRCC. A patrol boat from the DAB Fleet has been on site to keep other ships in a safe distance and to be able to evacuate the crew if needed. The ship was being loaded with iron ore but there was a fear of an explosion due to ore self-heating and hydrogen emission. An emergency team went on board and started to eliminate the explosion threat by filling the cargo holds with inert gas. However, the ship still needed to be thoroughly checked. The bulk carrier, with a crew of 16 on board had been bound for Ghent. When it is certain that there is no danger and that hydrogen levels have decreased significantly, the vessel will be permitted to enter port. 2018-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 24,198 gt Life Passion is owned by Nordic Perth Ltd care of manager Olive Shipmanagement Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team Greece) on behalf of Elena Navigation SA.