Marine accident round-up : 7th May 2019

Self-discharging bulk carrier Saginaw (IMO 5173876) allided with the pilings of the swing railroad bridge near Middlegrounds Metropark, on the Maumee River early on April 30th while sailing downstream to Lake Erie after delivering stones to the nearby Kuhlman dock. The accident caused damage to a walkway atop the pilings. Train traffic was halted for about an hour while railroad staff inspected the bridge. The ship resumed its voyage a couple of hours later at 03:50. 1953-built, Canada-flagged, 14,066 gt Saginaw is owned and managed by Lower Lakes Towing Ltd of Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd.

Heavy smoke developed at the Snorre B platform in the North Sea during the afternoon May 1st, according to Norway MRCC. All 121 personnel remained on board. The smoke originated from the production area, some distance from the living quarters. All rescue units were ready to begin evacuation if the situation deteriorated. Oil production had been shut since March and there was no threat of pollution. It was not yet clear what caused heavy smoke. The platform is situated some 75nm off Floro, Norway, on Snorre oil field, operated by Equinor.

Fishing support vessel Haizea Lau (IMO 9784805) managed to escape from an attack by pirates on May 3rd in the waters of the Indian Ocean, without the need to physically repel the aggression. The vessel managed to flee at full speed from a skiff manned by a group of presumed pirates. The pirates could not keep up, which meant that the private security agents of the Haizea Lau did not have to open fire. 2016-built, Seychelles-flagged, 482 gt Haizea Lau is owned and managed by Albacora SA of Madrid, Spain. According to Equasis it is entered with Shipowners’ Club.

Cruise ship Oosterdam (IMO 9221281) allided with docked cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam (IMO 9378450) near Canada Place in Vancouver during the morning of May 4th while the Oosterdam was approaching a berth. No one was injured; the ships sustained minor damage. Passengers said that felt a jolt and heard loud scraping. The captain of the Nieuw Amsterdam came on the speaker system and told passengers to ‘evacuate the stern of the ship.’ The Oosterdam hit the starboard side of the Nieuw Amsterdam and came to a stop against the dock. No injuries or pollution were reported. Transport Canada was working with cruise line Holland America, to assess the damage. Six aft stateroom verandas on the Nieuw Amsterdam were damaged in the incident, but her seaworthiness was not affected. All damage was above the waterline, and both cruises were expected to embark on schedule. Nieuw Amsterdam was due to depart on a seven day cruise to Alaska on May 4th and the Oosterdam was continuing on to Seattle.

2003-built, Netherlands-flagged, 82,820 gt Oosterdam is owned by Hal Antillen NV care of manager Holland America Line NV of Washington State, USA. It is entered with Steamship (Americas syndicate) on behalf of Hal Antillen NV.

It is also entered with Carnival Corp (Area Group Americas G7) on behalf of Carnival Corp.

2010-built, Netherlands-flagged, 86,273 gt Nieuw Amsterdam has the same owners, managers and P&I Club insurers.

General cargo ship Sylve (IMO 8906286) ran aground near Grimsby after an engine failure in during the evening of May 2nd. Two tugs were sent to the incident site and the vessel was refloated during the morning of May 3rd, and then taken in tow towards Goole. It was en route from Riga to Goole via Kiel with a cargo of 3,325 tons of timber. 1990-built, Cyprus-flagged, 1,999 gt Sylve is owned and managed by Sylve Shipping Inc of Hvidovre, Denmark.