Marine accident round-up : 6th September 2021

Initially it had been feared that many containers on ULCV Ever Given (IMO 9811000) would remain behind after having been unloaded from four-months-delayed vessel, but almost all boxes were reported to have been collected from the ECT Delta terminal, with only a handful of containers left behind, standard for such a large vessel.

A container caught fire after an explosion in cargo hold of container ship Morning Vinafco (IMO 9146780) when it had docked at Ben Nghe, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, during the afternoon of Sunday September 4th. it was thought that the explosion and ensuing fire were caused by sparks from welding works being carried out near the container. The fire was extinguished by firefighting teams after about half an hour. There were no reported injuries.

1996-built, Vietnam-flagged, 6,251 gt Morning Vinafco is owned and managed by Vinafco Shipping of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Oil products tanker Zodiac Star (IMO 9047300) was reported as detained by Indonesian naval authorities late on Wednesday September 1st close to Riau Island. The detention was made on the grounds of suspected illegal activity and entrance into the territorial waters without the right permits. This has been the reason given by Indonesian authorities in several recent arrests. The vessel was first intercepted by the Indonesian navy between the island of Borneo and Malaysia. There were 19 crew on board – 18 Indonesians and one Malaysian. The tanker was alleged to be carrying more than 4,000 tons of waste oil. The vessel was taken into custody and transported to the naval base of Lana Batam. The authorities are yet to establish the intentions and destination of the tanker. The Indonesian Navy said that “the examination process has been carried out with the captain, witnesses, and experts.” As of September 5th the vessel was at anchor in Batam City.

1992-built, Panama-flagged, 3,224 gt Zodiac Star is owned and managed by Ocean Oil Marine Pte Ltd of Singapore.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo San Gwann (IMO 9234006) was successfully refloated during the night of August 31st and was safely berthed in the port of Ibiza at 01:00 local time on September 1st. The refloating manoeuvre began at 22:00 the previous evening. Once back in port, damage assessments and repairs began immediately.

The ferry had run aground off the Spanish island of Ibiza during the night of Saturday August 28th.

2001-built, Malta-flagged, 992 gt San Gwann is owned by Armus Ltd care of manager Forde Reederei Seetouristik Iberia SLU (FRS Iberia SL) of Tarifa (Cadiz), Spain.

Nineteen crew members of cargo ship Global Striker(IMO 9609330) which entered the San Francisco Bay en route from West Sacramento on August 30th, were medevaced after experiencing flu-like symptoms. This was later confirmed as an outbreak of Covid-19 A boat of the San Francisco Fire Department shuttled them to Pier 26 under the Bay Bridge for treatment. Three were taken to the Parnassus hospital. The ship remained moored as of August 31st. As of September 5th the vessel was at anchor in San Francisco anchorage.

2013-built, Vanuatu-flagged, 0,254 gt Global Striker is owned by Stevens Line Co Ltd care of Sato Steamship Co of Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Kobe Office in charge) on behalf of Stevens Line Co Ltd.