Marine accident round-up : 7th February 2020

Environmental monitoring activities of cargo ship CDRY Blue (IMO 9504619) were continuing on February 3rd at the southwest coast of the island of Sant’Antioco. An inspection was carried out from the shore because of bad weather. The owner has submitted a tender to dismantle the ship on site and carry it away in pieces. That call closes on February 10th, with the methods of work being negotiated. The removal operations should start in April after having been approved by the Government of the region, the Coast Guard and the Municipality of Sant’Antioco. About 15 companies were invited to submit a tender for the removal. The presence of large rocks and the size of the holes in the hull look to have made a salvage “as is” an impossibility.

The vessel ran aground with a cargo of coffee late in the evening of December 21st 2019 on the south-west coast of Sardinia in Torre Cannai in the Municipality of Sant’Antioco, while en route from Cagliari to Alicante. The ship had just left Cagliari, but the captain decided to return to port because of the bad weather.

2010-built, Italy-flagged, 5,639 gt CDRY Blue is owned by R&S Maritime care of manager Nuova Naviservice Srl of Naples, Italy.

The master of asphalt/bitumen tanker Asphalt Spirit (IMO 9612557) was fined A$3,000 after failing to report immediately a main engine breakdown that left the vessel adrift off Queensland en route from Korea to Australia during the afternoon of January 31st 2019. The incident was not reported to AMSA until six hours after the breakdown. Modelling predicted the possibility of the ship running aground at the southern end of North Stradbroke Island within 17 hours if it continued to drift without power. AMSA also reported that the ship’s master did not respond until 01:30 on February 1st to confirm that the engine damage could not be repaired at sea. AMSA began making arrangements to respond with an emergency tug from Brisbane, but the ship’s insurer instead made arrangements for a tug, which towed the tanker to Brisbane later that day. On December 9th 2019 the ship’s master pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to one count of failing to report a marine incident to authorities without delay, as required by section 11(1) of the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983.

2012-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 10,491 gt Asphalt Spirit is owned by Asphalt Coral Sea Corp care of manager Valt BV of Rotterdam, Netherlands. ISM manager is Interorient Shipmanagement SNG of Singapore. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group E1 – EMEA) on behalf of Asphal Coral Sea Corp.

Cargo ship Zelek Star (IMO 9379117) was dug out by bulldozers during the recent two weeks. On Jan 31 salvors managed to turn the ship 238 degrees so that the bow was almost facing the sea, almost in the opposite direction of the grounding. The vessel was refloated on Feb 2 and towed to the Ashdod Port Terminal on Feb 3 at 4.30 p.m. A detailed damage survey, internal external section inspections was carried out by the appointed technical teams and surveyors. The incident investigation was being carried out by the Harbour Master. The costs of the salvage were $ 3 million, while the price of the ship was estimated to be only $ 1.3 million, but the Transport Ministry had insisted on the removal.

General cargo ship Zelek Star (IMO 9379117) drifted onto the Oranim Beach, popular with residents and tourists, near Ashdod, Israel, on December 24th 2019 while en route from Ashdod, Greece, to Vasilikos, Israel. The vessel dragged anchor in heavy winds and stormy weather with 12 crew members on board. The vessel is on a breakwater near the beach, abutting a stone seawall. 2005-built, Panama-flagged, 2,833 gt Zelek Star is owned by Kuru Shipping Inc care of manager Fuden Denizcilik Ticaret ve Sanayi AS of Istanbul, Turkey.