Marine accident round-up 7th October 2021

According to French media the French pilot of a cargo ship was killed while seven Ukrainian crew escaped unharmed  after a telescopic bridge was not lowered and as a result general cargo ship Andre Michel 1 (IMO 8511914) collided with a canal bridge in the Mondragon-Donzère canal, Rhone, during the evening of October 2nd, while proceeding upstream. The bridge was completely destroyed in crash. Initially it had been reported that the Captain had been killed, perhaps because of non-marine reporters’ confusion between “pilot” and “captain”. Awaiting fuller details. The ship was berthed along embankment after accident. The vessel’s AIS has been off since the accident .

1986-built, Malta-flagged, 1,318 gt Andre-Michel 1 is owned by Andre Michel 1 Ltd care of manager Agency Bulk Chartering Rhone Mediterranee of Nantes, France. ISM manager is Ship Management Services of Kherson, Ukraine.

Bulk carrier Neco K (IMO 9146053) suffered a technical failure at Aliaga, Turkey, around midday on September 29th. The vessel’s departure permission was postponed by the Harbour Master until the completion of repair works by the crew and an inspection by state surveyors.

As of October 6th the vessel was en route from Nemrut Anchorage to Haifa, Israel, ETA October 7th.

1996-built, Panama- flagged, 6,001 gt Neco K is owned by Neco K Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Ocean Eagle Shipping & Trading of Istanbul, Turkey.

Two Ukrainian sailors died on board of bulk carrier AP Astarea (IMO 9475777), on September 30th while it was at Chittagong Anchorage. Reports claimed that there was no obvious cause or illness. The bodies were taken to hospital for autopsies. The bulk carrier had arrived at Chittagong Anchorage on September 19th from Sokhna Egypt, with a cargo of urea that reportedly originated from Belarus. After offloading 35,000 tons at Chittagong Anchorage, the vessel is due to sail to Mongla, Bangladesh, to offload remaining 20,000 tons. As of October 4th the vessel remained at Chittagong Anchorage.

2012-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 31,598 gt AP Astarea is owned by Supra A LLC care of manager Atlanska Plovidba dd of Dubrovnik, Croatia. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Atlanska Plovidba dd.

An initial damage survey of cargo ship Volzhskiy 40 (IMO 8850906) has been carried out by a class surveyor, together with the owners’ representative. The vessel was granted a departure permission from Istanbul Anchorage to the Tuzla shipyard area, where it dropped anchor on October 2nd in order that permanent repairs could be carried out. The vessel had collided with fishing boat Burhan Reis 3 after leaving the Bosphorus on September 25th. As of October 6th the vessel was at Tuzla Anchorage.

1991-built, Russia-flagged, 5,205 gt Volzhskiy-40 is owned and managed by Volga Shipping JSC of Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. It is entered with Standard Club (London Class) on behalf of JSC Volga Shipping.