Marine accident round-up : 6th November 2023

Bulk carrier Cymona Pride (IMO 9694488) ran aground at the 104.2km mark in the Martin Garcia channel, which is a waterway that runs between the River Plate (and its Uruguayan ports) and the Uruguay River, Rio de la Plata. The incident occurred during the early morning of November 3rd local time. The vessel had been heading to Villa Constitucion port, Argentina, in the major Southa American supply route the River Parana. Alpemar shipping agency said that the ship was loaded with 40,750 tons of iron ore.

2014-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 41,759 gt Cymona Pride is owned by Banc Of America Leasing of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It is managed by Alassia Newships Management of Athens, Greece. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Banc Of America Leasing & Capital LLC. As of November 4th the vessel was still listed as aground near Conchillas, Uruguay.

General cargo ship Asian Spirit (IMO 9273806 ) asked for shelter at La Spezia, Italy, at around noon local time October 31st due to a technical emergency and adverse weather. In stormy weather a door or hatch on the outer deck broke, and water entered the engine room as a result. The ingress was kept under control, but the ship asked for shelter because the weather was deteriorating. Shelter was granted. As of November 4th it remained moored at La Spezia.

2006-built, Liberia-flagged, 10,899 gt Asian Spirit is owned by YWL Shipping Ltd care of Zhoushan Jianyang Intl Shipping of Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China. It is entered with London Club on behalf of YWL Shipping Ltd.

Russian-flagged tug Solombalets-3 (MMS 273342120) lost a barge in the southeastern Barents sea, Russian Arctic, on November 2nd during towage in stormy weather, according to unconfirmed reports. The barge had 350 tons of fuel on board, is destined for Kolguyev island settlements to provide power for generators during winter. The towline snapped and the barge was is drifting in the area between island and mainland. Apparently it is being monitored, but adverse weather has been making it impossible, yet, to get it back on tow. The barge is something of a navigational threat as the region experiences quite a bit of traffic.

A barge loaded with containers drifted from Port of Seattle Terminal 18 and hit pier 66, resulting in some damage. The US Coast Guard’s 13th District said it was notified at 13:25 local time on Thursday of a barge that had drifted into Pier 66, which is located in Seattle’s downtown waterfront and is home to the Bell Street Cruise Terminal and a small recreational marina. The USCG said three tug boats were able to gain control of the barge, after which it was towed to Terminal 115. The USCG said there were no reported injuries or pollution, but the pier was damaged.

A fire broke out Thursday November 2nd aboard a cargo ship identified by the Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) only as “Ken”. The fire was subsequently extinguished, the PCG said. The vessel, owned by Pherwin Shipping Corp, reportedly caught fire near Castilla Anchorage Area in Sorsogon at around 11:00 local time. According to the eight crewmembers on board, the fire started in the vessel’s mess hall. No injuries were reported. The fire was declared out at around 15:00. The vessel was reported to have 2,300 litres of diesel oil and some 400 litres of lube oil on board, but no spills were reported.