Marine accident round-up : 7th December 2024

Container ship One Orpheus (IMO 9313008) collided with a floating bridge in the eastern lane of the Suez Canal on Wednesday December 6th, but the Suez Canal Authority said that the passage of ships through the waterway was not interrupted. The vessel suffered a fault with its rudder while transiting the canal on its way from Singapore to the Netherlands, the authority. Tugs were working to tow the vessel away from the site of the incident, which occurred in the eastern lane of the middle section of the canal (built as an expansion that was completed in 2015). Convoys of ships coming from the south were being diverted along the original branch of the canal, the canal authority said.

02008-built, Singapore-flagged, 99,543 gt One Orpheus is owned by Meiji Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is managed by NYK Line of Tokyo, Japan. ISM manager is MMS Bulkship Management Sng of Singapore. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of MK Centennial Maritime Pte Ltd.

Motor hopper Pieter Caland (IMO 9516662) rescued a 29-year-old crew member of bulk carrier Athina L (IMO 9487627) on December 1st after he had fallen overboard from the ship when it was on the River Elbe near Otterndorf, between marker buoys 44 and 46. The Cuxhaven traffic centre of the Waterways and Shipping Administration had raised the alert, sparking an SAR operation. The crew of the Pieter Caland spotted the light on the life jacket of the sailor and managed to manoeuvre close to him. He then used the pilot’s ladder to climb aboard. Medical attention arrived and he was attended to. After his body temperature had returned to normal they took him onto the lifeboat and thence rapidly to Cuxhaven. He was in hospital only about two hours after he fell overboard At the time of the accident, the weather in the area was calm with light snowfall, an air temperature of around minus one degree Celsius and a water temperature of five degrees Celsius.

2011-built, Liberia-flagged, 44,262 gt Athina L is owned by Pinkship Ltd care of manager Kyla Shipping & Trading Corp of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Pinkship Ltd. As of December 4th it was in the English Channel, en route from Buetzfleth, Germany, to Hampton Marine, USA.

2010-built, Netherlands-flagged, 3,315 gt Pieter Caland is owned by Van Oord Overig Materieel II care of Van Oord NV of Rotterdam, Netherlands. It is managed by Van Oord Ship Management BV of the same address. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Van Oord Iverig Materieel II BV.

A majority, 17, of the 25 all-Filipino crew members of cargo ship KMax Ruler (IMO 9436642), which was hit by a Russian missile while it was docked at the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi, have returned home (IMN November 10th) . The crew’s manning agency paid the costs of their return to the country as well as transit and accommodations on their way home to their respective provinces. They were also due additional insurance and other benefits from their manning and shipping agencies. All repatriated crew members were provided initial medical check-ups, psychosocial assessments, and an initial amount of P10,000 ($180) in financial assistance. An Engine Trainee suffered a fracture, while the ship’s captain and Third Mate sustained minor injuries.

2009-built, Liberia-flagged, 51,130 gt KMax Ruler is owned and managed by Venus Mare of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Venus Mare SA.

After the arrival of SAR vessel Humanity 1 (IMO 7427518) in Crotone on December 2nd the Italian authorities detained the ship for 20 days and imposed a fine. The crew of the Humanity 1 was informed of the vessel’s detention after arriving at the port with around 200 boat migrants. The authorities accused the organization behind the vessel of having previously ignored the instructions of the Libyan Coast Guard to leave the area during a rescue operation. The details of that rescue operation are somewhat murky. The boat rescued 46 people who were already in the water, but the Italian authorities claimed that the crew was responsible for the migrants escaping from the Libyan coast guard and jumping into the water. SOS Humanity denied the allegations, It said that it would take legal action to free the boat.

1976-built, Germany-flagged, 1,105 gt Humanity 1 is owned and managed by SOS Humanity GmbH of Berlin, Germany. ISM manager is Helios Ship Management GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. As of December 6th the vessel was moored at Crotone, Italy.