Marine accident round-up : 6th September 2022

James Bond-themed super yacht 007 sank in Kolona Bay, Kythnos island, Aegean Sea, Greece on September 2nd. The yacht rested portside on the bottom with half of its hull remaining above the waterline. Cause of sinking of the 400 gt, 49-metre, 2006-build yacht was as yet unknown.

The Greek Coast Guard said that “the Port Authority of Kythnos was informed in the evening hours of Friday by the Unified Centre for Coordination of Search and Rescue L.S.-EL.AKT., that the yacht “007” of the flag of Great Britain, has run aground in the sea area of ​​Kolones Bay, Kythnos with five foreigners on board. The five people on board were rescued.”

According to Cyclades24, there was failure in the GPS and the boat ran aground in the shallows, a breach was created and there was a large inflow of water causing 007 to lean on its side into the sea. This has yet to be confirmed. However an alternative report from eSysman suggested the captain deliberately tried to ground the vessel to stop it from sinking after it hit the rocks. The vessel was built by Turkey-based Aegean Yachts and was formerly known as the Amazon A and then Royal Enterprise. According to information from Zougla.gr, the current owner of “007” is a Swiss businessman of Israeli origin. Based on the advertised price of similar yachts currently for sale, insured hull value likely to be in the region of $12m to $15m.

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Bulk carrier Ince Karadeniz (IMO 9446192) allided with cargo ship ER Nazire (IMO 9578543) shortly after midday on September 2nd while the former was approaching berth No 1 at Saleef, Yemen. The latter vessel was discharging a cargo of sugar at berth No 2 of the port. The Ince Karadeniz was dented in the forecastle area, while the ER Nazire suffered dents at the port side aft with a tear of about 40cmx40cm between the port side freshwater tank and the engine spare parts room. The starboard side also contacted the pier and caused damage to the fender and pier at berth No 2, which was dented on an area of about 9 metres x1 meter.

2010-built, Singapore-flagged, 32,983 gt Ince Karadeniz is owned by Ince Karadeniz Shipping Pte care of manager MES Shipping Agency Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is Ince Denizcilik of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Ince Karadeniz Shipping Pte Ltd. No AIS since August 22nd, when the vessel was in the Gulf of Aden, heading from Port Giles to Saleef, ETA September 1st.

2010-built, Liberia-flagged, 32,983 gt ER Nazire is owned by Forwarder Shipping & Trading care of manager ER Denizcilik Sanayi Nakliyat. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Forwarder Shipping & Trading SA. No AIS since August 24th, when the vessel was at Saleef in the Gulf of Aden.

A fire broke out in the cargo hold of cargo ship Epic (IMO 9409077) during the evening of September 2nd in the port of Rouen, France. The hold contained about 8,000 tons of scrap metal at the time. Up to 40 fire engines and 70 firefighters, plus a tug with firefighting equipment, were deployed to the scene. The fire was brought under control during the morning of September 3rd, but fire fighting continued. As of September 5th the vessel was still moored at Rouen.

2009-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 31,251 gt Epic is owned by Diligent Shipping Cor SA care of manager Diligent Holdings SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European Syndicate) on behalf of Dignity Shipping Corp SA.

A fire broke out on board oil products tanker Tian Sheng You 2 (IMO 9635585), during the morning of September 1st local time in the Yellow sea northeast of Yantai. The tanker was en route from Huanghua Port to Lanshan, China. The fire was reported to have broken out on the cargo deck. SAR ships responded, but as of the afternoon of September 2nd its status and condition were unknown, AIS went off during the morning of September 1st. As of September 4th the vessel was stopped at Yantai.

2012-built, China-flagged, 7,647 gt Tian Sheng You 2 is owned and managed by Zhejian Longhua Shipping Co.

The vessel on which chief engineer Kirill Kompaniets had been found guilty for his part in the illegal discharge of oily waste in early 2021 has tentatively been identified by one source as the Gannet Bulker (IMO 9441300) (IMN September 2nd), although this is unconfirmed.

2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 33,064 gt Gannet Bulker is owned by Gannet Shipping LLC care of Eagle Ship management LLC of Stamford, Connecticut, USA. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Gannet Shipping LLC.