Marine accident round-up : 7th October 2019

Bulk carrier Bunun Ace (IMO 9628570) allided with a pier while mooring at Imbituba, Brazil during the afternoon of October 1st, arriving from Patillos, Chile. The starboard bow was seriously damaged. The ship was brought under control by assisting tugs and berthed some two and a half hours later. 2013-built, Panama-flagged, 23,274 gt Bunun Ace is owned by Bunun Marine SA care of manager Wisdom Marine Intl Inc of Taipei City, Taiwan. It is entered with Swedish Club (Asia Team) on behalf of Bunun Marine SA.

The Haulbowline suffered a ruptured fuel line during the afternoon of September 30th while 28 miles from Peterhead, en route from Fraserburgh to Forties Field. There was a crew of four on board. 100 litres of oil was lost. The lost oil was contained within the bilges and no pollution was reported. The crew of the vessel effected temporary repairs before arriving later that night at Peterhead harbour.

Debris at west side beaches of Shetland, thought to have originated from the grounded fishing boat Coelleira (IMO 7023063) was cleared up by volunteers during the weekend of September 29th/30th. Around four tonnes of debris, (20 cubic metres) was collected. The clean-up was overseen by Jimmy Smith, whose marine surveying business has been involved in the insurance proceedings. 1970-built, UK-flagged, 210 gt Coelleira is owned and managed by Blue Pesca Ltd of Penryn, UK.

A fire broke out aboard fishing vessel Maria Verónica (IMO 8030075) shortly after midday on October 1st while she was docked at the Marindustrias dock in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico, causing it to sink. The vessel had been preparing to depart for fishing. The fire broke out when a group of workers were doing some welding. Flames engulfed the whole vessel. Smoke was billowing with toxic fumes, visible from several kilometres around. 200 people, mainly port personnel, were evacuated from the scene. After the incident, access to the Fondeport industrial park was closed as part of the security measures. The vessel, still burning fiercely, sank with a list to port at the berth. After three hours, the fire was under control. An oil spill was observed in the Santiago Bay. 1983-built, Mexico-flagged, 1,127 gt Maria Veronica is owned and managed by Maratun Sa De CV of Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico.

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