Marine Accident round-up : 6th March 2019

A fire broke out in the engine room of bulk carrier Hala B (IMO 8408650) while she was moored at anchorage three miles off Chioggia port, Venice, Italy, on February 26th. Firefighters boarded the ship but reportedly struggled with faulty firefighting equipment on board, malfunctioning generators and no water pressure, so the fire spread around and engulfed the superstructure. After an hour it was decided to evacuate all 18 crew members. The ship was loaded with timber at the time. Six tugs and patrol boats were on hand Firefighters from Chioggia and Mestre tried to prevent the fire from spreading to the cargo. After the fire was put out it was found to have damaged the stern, the engine room and the accommodation area but did not affect the cargo.

1985-built, Belize-flagged, 5,586 gt Hala B is owned and managed by Seatech Maritime SA of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. ISM manager is GMZ Ship Management Co SA of Beirut, Lebanon.

Vehicles carrier Hoegh London (IMO 9342205) was caught in the storm which raged across Mediterranean during the weekend near the Llylea coast. The ship and her cargo sustained serious damages on February 24th and asked for shelter, having encountered 8 to 10 metre waves and winds in excess of 60 knots when passing Cape Passero. The captain decided to turn back and shelter in Southeast Sicily. Heavy equipment and project cargo was moving about and one Chinese crew member was fatally injured. Several others were also hurt. The ship anchored off Pozzallo during the morning of February 25th and was surveyed by a team of technicians of the port authority and the military command. They found a number of damaged vehicles and damage on the cargo decks. A crack on the port side bulk head was found on deck 3, near the waterline. Water ingress caused a five-degree list. The ship needed repairs to restore her seaworthiness and got a permission to enter port in the afternoon in order to restore its normal stability and buoyancy, with the plan being eventually to head to a port with an adequate shipyard. The vessel had been en route from Tangier, Morocco, to Turkey. The prosecutor of the Republic of Ragusa was in charge of the matter and contacted the Chinese embassy about the dead sailor. The embassy will contact the relatives in order to be able to repatriate the body.

2008-built, Norway-flagged, 68,871 gt Hoegh London is owned by Hoegh Autoliners Shipping AS of Oslo, Norway. It is managed by Hoegh Autoliners Management AS of Oslo, Norway. ISM manager is Hoegh Wallem Ship Management Phi of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Hoegh Autolines Shipping As. Norwegian Hull Club leads for Hull & Machinery on behalf of Hoegh Autoliners Management AS, with Gard having a subscription position.

Crude oil tanker Hafid (IMO 9183257) allided with chemical/oil products tanker Maersk Kara (IMO 9374428) at the port of Umm Qasr on February 24th. Maersk Kara had been loading cargo while moored alongside Berth No.9, while Hafid was manoeuvring on the river channel toward Berth No.8 of the port.

2000-built, Panama-flagged, 28,534 gt Hafid is owned by Nali Shipping Inc care of manager Pentacontinent DMCC of Dubai, UAE. ISM manager is ITM Ltd of Dubai, UAE. It is entered with West of England (Claims Contact, Greece – General) on behalf of Nali Shipping Inc.

2008-built, Singapore-flagged, 24,112 gt Maersk Kara is owned by Maersk Tankers Singapore Pte of Singapore. It is managed by Handytankers K/S of Copenhagen, Denmark. ISM manager is Maersk Tankers AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Maersk Tankers AS. Gard AS leads for Hull & Machinery on behalf of AP Moller Maersk AS.

Bulk carrier Maryland (IMO 8418758) was in collision with general cargo vessel Zakamsk (IMO 8951413) at Zeytinburnu Anchorage in the Marmara Sea, Turkey, before dawn on March 1st. She suffered superficial damage, but Zakamsk suffered two lengthy breaches above the waterline. The bulk carrier had arrived at the anchorage on February 28th, bound for Mariupol on the other side of the Bosphorus Strait. Zakamsk had arrived at Istanbul on February 22nd, en route from Alexandria to Ismajil.

1992-built, Liberia-flagged, 17,464 gt Maryland is owned by Maryland Trading Corp care of manager Klip Marine Shpmanagement of Tallinn, Estonia.

1966-built, Comoros-flagged, 2,406 gt Zakamsk is owned by Dundas Shipping Ltd care of manager Valship PE of Izmail, Odesskaya oblast, Ukraine.

Passenger/cargo RoRo ship Penelope A (IMO 7205075) developed a portside list of 9-to-10 degrees during the night of February 28th and came to a rest on a floating dock in the Gulf of Elefsina, an industrial area near Piraeus. The ship had been in lay-up since 2014, being owned by a Greek Bank. In 2013 she had been chartered to the NEL Lines but had to stay in the port of Rafina on July 1st as the crew went on strike due to unpaid wages. She did not return to service but was laid up in June 2014. Divers were called to check the hull and assess general condition and stability, with tugs and a heavy lift crane placed on standby. The ferry recently was subject of an auction starting at €800,000. 1972-built, Greece-flagged, 5,109 gt Penelope A is owned by Penelope A Maritime Co care of manager Nissia Aigaiou Naftiki Eteria (Aegean Islands Shipping Co) of Piraeus, Athens, Greece.

Container ship Safmarine Nokwanda (IMO 9294393) allided with containership Tianjin (IMO 9398462) while berthing at the Busan New Port International Container Terminal PNIT, South Korea, during the morning of March 2nd. She struck the stern of the berthed ship, causing significant cargo damage with a number of containers being crushed and collapsing. The stern suffered structural damage. Safmarine Nokwanda suffered damage to her bow, including a breach above the waterline.

2005-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 50,624 gt Safmarine Nokwanda is owned by Safmarine Container Lines of Antwerp, Belgium. It is manager by Moller-Maersk AS. It is entered with Standard Club (European division) on behalf of Maersk Shipping Hong Kong Ltd.