Marine accident round-up : 6th March 2023

Heavy seas and rain last week, combined with strong winds made it unsafe for salvage crews to return to Honolua Bay on Maui to make another attempt to refloat the grounded luxury yacht Nakoa. The salvor, which has been contracted by the state Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, returned to O‘ahu late on February 27th after the rigging attached to the yacht failed. The Mary Catherine was back in Honolulu by February 28th. It was expected that salvage ship Kahi, operated by Visionary Marine, and the Mary Catherine, which is operated by Sause Brothers, was scheduled to return to Maui on March 3rd or 4th, with stronger rigging.

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General cargo ship Bright Sky (IMO 9465435) requested the medical evacuation of a crew member of Polish nationality, with a possible stroke, on Friday March 3rd when the vessel was 60nm northeast of Las Palmas, Canary Islands. The vessel was en route from Leixoes, Portugal, to Walvis Bay, Namibia. CCS Las Palmas of Salvamento Marítimo mobilized SAR helicopter Helimer 205 to the ship, which hoisted the seafarer and transferred him to Doctor Negrín Hospital.

2013-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 30,469 gt Bright Sky is owned and managed by Macs Maritime Carrier Shipping of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is Vineta Bereederungs mbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping GmbH. As of march 3rd the vessel was underway south of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

The Libyan Coast Guard, in a joint operation with the Petroleum Facilities Guard and the Al-Maya Marine Detachment, was reported to have arrested chemical tanker Munis (IMO 9062398) on March 1st off the coast of Abu Kammash, aka Sidi Said,near the border with Tunisia. The vessel had sailed from Tuzla, Turkiye, to Valletta, Malta. It was escorted by the Libyan patrol boat Zawiya to Tripoli for investigation

1992-built, St Kitts & Nevis flagged, 880 gt Munis (resported by AIS as Serdar)is owned by Polar Movement Shipping & Trading care of manager Fortuna Gemi Islet of Istanbul, Turkey. No AIS since February 27th, so report remains unconfirmed.

The exhausting and never-ending legal case surrounding tug AM Accord (IMO 9166132, renamed “Accord” in July 2022) shows no signs of conclusion (see IMN October 21st 2022, November 4th, December 20th). Shipping agents Reliance Shipping & Logistics Ltd stated last week that the tug was still under arrest in Port Authority custody at berth SM-14 in Chittagong, Bangladesh, as of March 2nd, but the legal matter about compensation for cargo loss was yet to be resolved. The tug owner was alleged to be avoiding court proceedings. Last year the agent filed a claim of $1.8m in the local court against the owner of the tug, which at that time had anchored outside the city’s port limits. The tug was arrested “in absentia” for recovery of expenses incurred by them for the supply of bunker fuel and other supporting/rescue facilities, at the outer port limit of Chittagong Port. Eventually the tug returned to port, but the legal case was making slow-to-zero progress

At the time the 1997-built, 447 gt, Singapore-flagged AM Accord was owned by Tomini Offshore Pte Ltd care of manager Alphard Maritime Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is now listed by Equasis as Palau-flagged (since July 2022), owned by Safeen Marine 13 Ltd care of manager The Middle East Marine LLC of Dubai, UAE.

A crew member of general cargo ship African Bulker (IMO 9736418) was evacuated on March 2nd by an SAR Sar helicopter escorted by Sasemar 102 plane while the vessel was en route from Swinoujscie, Poland, to New Orleans, Lousiana, USA, and transfered to the Alvedro airport in A Coruña for further treatment in hospital. The ship was 183 miles from A Coruña when the evacuation took place.

2015-built, Denmark-flagged, 22,522 gt African Bulker is owned and managed by Lauritzen Bulkers AS of Hellerup, Denmark. ISM manager is Synergy Maritime Pvt Ltd of Chennai, India. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Lauritzen Bulkers AS.