Marine accident round-up : 7th February 2019

Tanker Formula One rescued 11 crew members and a Malaysian technical passenger on tanker Sea Frontier (IMO 8911126) after the tanker sank near Tanjung Penyusup, Johor, Malaysia during the night of January 30th. The tanker struck rocks while attempting to dock, causing damage to her hull and subsequent water ingress about 2nm east of Tanjung Penyusup Within a couple pf hours she was about 75% submerged. The Johor Baru Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) sent assistance to the scene, as well as informing the Marine Department and the Department of Environment, because the vessel was carrying Marine Gas Oil. An MMEA vessel from Tanjung Sedili was deployed to transfer the castaways to shore for treatment, none of whom were hurt. 1989-built, St Kitts and Nevis-flagged, 3,113 gt Sea Frontier is owned by Uranus Marine Pte Ltd care of manager Star Formula Marine Services Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is Ocean Eight Marine Pte Ltd of the same address.

General cargo ship Lucky Star 8 (IMO 9054767) ran aground in  Olga Bay (Primorye region) in the Sea of Japan shortly after midnight on February 4th, with a crew of five Chinese and nine Vietnamese on board. The ship and accompanying port tug Barkhat 1 were awaiting an improvement in the weather before refloating. 1992-built, Palau-flagged, 4,573 gt Lucky Star 8 is owned by Wisdom Marine International care of manager Wisdom Marine Lines of Taipei City, Taiwan. ISM manager is Sunny International Shipping of Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

The RNLI-boat of the Torbay lifeboat station was called out to aid fishing vessel Ann Marie (IMO 7508960) on January 31st after the vessel, with five fishermen on board, went adrift in freezing snow and gale force winds as a result of gear-box problems. The ship was already being towed back by another commercial fishing vessel, but snow and gale force easterly conditions accompanied by a large swell, caused the tow line between the two trawlers to part. The conditions were reported “challenging”, with an easterly force 7-to-8 wind, large sea and swell and sleet and snow and freezing temperatures. The lifeboat arrived on scene approximately four miles out at sea. A tow line was re-established and another tow line was connected to the stern of the fishing vessel. The two beam trawlers were escorted back through the breakwater and into the safety of Brixham harbour by 20:30. 1968-built, UK-flagged, 150 gt Ann Marie is owned and managed by WCS Fishing Ltd of Newton Abbot, UK.

A crane that collapsed on an boxship Ever Summit (IMO 9300453) in Vancouver port early on January 28th has now been removed and the vessel should by now have departed from Canada, destination Tacoma. She was scheduled to complete her discharge of boxes on Wednesday February 6th. A pair of floating cranes were brought in to move the smashed crane. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident. 2007-built, Panama-flagged, 75,246 gt Ever Summit is owned by Yamasa New Pulsar V SA care of manager Evergreen Line (Taiwan) of Taoyuan City, Taiwan. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Evergreen International SA. Gard AS is also lead on H&M WAR and H&M on behalf of Evergreen Marine Corp (Taiwan).

A seafarer was medevacked from LR 2 tanker STI Guard (IMO 9717101) to a hospital on the French island of Réunion on Tuesday February 5th following a stabbing on the Monday after an altercation with another crew member. Crew contacted the authorities on the French island near Madagascar on Monday morning, asking for urgent medical help after the seafarer reportedly was stabbed twice in the thorax. The ship was heading to Singapore from Ust-Luga in Russia when the incident happened 300 nautical miles southwest of Réunion. The vessel made for the French island while receiving medical advice from French authorities. The man who stabbed the seafarer was being held in a cabin. After 24 hours the injured sailor was helicoptered off the ship and the vessel was set to be detained in Réunion for a few days at least as an investigation gets underway. 2016-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 63,965 gt STI Guard is owned by Fortune Zhen Shipping Ltd care of Scorpio Commercial management SAM of Monaco-ville, Monaco. ISM manager is Scorpio Marine Management of Mumbai, India. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Team 3) on behalf of Fortune Zhen Shipping Ltd.