Marine accident round-up : 6th September 2019

General cargo ship Julian (IMO 9261994) ran aground early on September 3rd in the Buka passage on its way into the port of Buka, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, while coming from Lae. The ship managed to refloat without assistance and berthed at the Buka wharf the same morning. The National Maritime Safety Authority launched an investigation and the ship was to be surveyed to ensure it was seaworthy before being allowed to continue her voyage. 2003-built, Papua New Guinea-flagged, 4,448 gt is owned and managed by Bismark Maritime Ltd of Papua New Guinea. It is entered with MS Amlin on behalf of Bismark Maritime Ltd.

Repairs to cargo ship Tenacity (IMO 8819732) have been completed by the crew and approved by surveyors. A fine was reported to have been paid by the agent on behalf of the owners. The vessel was granted departure permission and heaved anchor at Istanbul anchorage late on September 1st, bound for Constantza, Romania, where she arrived early on September 3rd. 1990-built, Comoros-flagged, 3,987 gt Tenacity is owned by Tenacity Shipping Co care of manager Cedar Marine Services SAL of Tripoli, Lebanon.

Brazilian state-led oil company Petrobras, platform operator Modec and the National Petroleum Agency (ANP) were planning to remove FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro (IMO 8506684) as soon as possible. The vessel remained stable and under normal draft and slope conditions. Petrobras had been in the process of decommissioning the FPSO, which had been idle since production at the field was halted in July 2018. Production risers were being disconnected from wells on the seabed when structural failures were discovered in the hull, causing a list of about 12 degrees. Petrobras and Modec hired a company to stabilize the vessel and carry out emergency offloading operations to empty the FPSO of the remaining 450 tons of crude stored onboard. The salvage team will also try to alleviate pressure on the vessel’s anchor system caused by the listing ship and carry out an immediate disconnection of remaining production risers so the FPSO could be moved. Modec, which operates the vessel under a lease agreement with Petrobras, sent a salvage team to the vessel on September 4 to assess its condition. Flights over the surrounding Atlantic Ocean showed a 6,000 litre oil slick close to the FPSO, which remained anchored about 130 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in the Campos Basin. The slick had decreased in size after 10 support and dispersion vessels were dispatched to clean up the incident.

1986-built, Bahamas-flagged, 146,575 gt Cidade do Rio de Janeiro is owned by Espadarte MV 14 BV care of manager Modec International Inc of Houston, Texas, USA. ISM manager is Modec Inc of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig (P&I Cover MOU Operators) – on behalf of Espadarte MV14 BV.

Cargo ship Thai Binh 688 (PNT Mighty) (IMO 9647382) ran aground during the early evening of August 30th in the Singapore Strait south of Jurong Island on the Buffalo Rock Light Beacon, shortly after leaving Singapore. The ship became stuck on the small lighted islet just outside the fairway and remained stationary on September 4th. 2014-built, Vietnam-flagged, 8,282 gt PNT Mighty is owned by Maritime Bank Commercial of Hanoi, Vietnam. It is managed by PV Trans HN JSC of Hanoi, Vietnam.