Marine accident round-up : 8th April 2020

T&T Salvage has installed the first lifting lug on capsized car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816) in St Simon’s Sound off Brunswick, Georgoa, USA. Sixteen lugs in total will have to be installed. The lifting lugs will be used as a connection point between the rigging of the heavy lift catamaran VB-10,000 and each section of the Golden Ray. The lugs were designed to distribute the weight of each particular section during the cutting and lifting operation.

St. Simons Sound Incident Response contractors began nighttime operations on April 4th. Operations now continue day and night.

2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 71,178 gt Golden Ray is owned by GL NV24 Shipping Inc care of manager Hyundai Glovis of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is G-Marine Service Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Hyundai Glovis Co, Ltd.

Self-discharging bulk carrier CSL Elbe (IMO 8001024) allided with the pier of the North Port in Stade-Bützfleth, Germany, shortly after midnight on April 6th on its arrival from Rafnes. The ship was running astern to get to her berth under a pilot’s control. The ship had assistance tugs at bow and stern. During the berthing manoeuvre the ship hit the pier which suffered damage, as did the port side stern of the bulk carrier. The Stade water police have launched an investigation and the ship was detained after berthing. That evening she left the port again and headed to Jossingfjord, with an ETA of April 8th.

1982-built, Malta-flagged, 6,944 gt CSL Elbe is owned by CSL Europe Ltd of Windsor, UK. It is managed by CSL Norway AS of Bergen, Norway. ISM manager is C Ships UK of Glasgow, UK. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of CSL Europe Ltd.

Salvage operations continued on board general cargo ship Kaami (IMO 9063885) in the Minches at Sgeir Graidach rock, north-west Scotland. Salvor Resolve was removing pollutants from the vessel as it prepared for the removal of cargo. Salvors and specialist divers were carrying out onboard and underwater surveys to assist with the intended refloating and eventual removal of the vessel.

So far, specialist teams have removed most of the remaining fuel and contaminated seawater from onboard fuel tanks for recycling and disposal ashore. The fuel removal operation is nearing completion. In addition, salvors have removed most other pollutants and loose material, such as paints, ropes and buoys, as these might hamper future operations and had the potential to impact on the environment and wildlife. This material has also been sent for recycling and disposal ashore.

Salvors were working to contract and prepare a suitable barge in the Western Isles to enable cargo-offload when weather and sea conditions allow for safe operations. Arrangements for dealing with the offloaded cargo were being developed in consultation with the waste regulator Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and other partner organizations. Divers were able to briefly enter the water on March 31st. but sea conditions precluded a full survey of the seabed area around the ship. This will continue when conditions allow.

A temporary exclusion zone of 500 metres remained in place around the Kaami to all but those vessels directly involved in supporting the response. The Maritime Accident Investigation Branch was carrying out an investigation remotely, with assistance from the salvors.

1994-built, Bahamas-flagged, 2,715 gt Kaami is owned by Misje Bulk AS care of Misje Rederi AS of Bergen, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Misje Bulk AS. It is entered for H&M and Loss Of Hire with Gard AS as claims leader.

The remains of six victims from a man-overboard incident have been recovered near South Malaita Island, the Solomon Islands Maritime Authority said. At least 27 people were swept over the side of the ferry Taimareho in a storm last Friday April 3rd. The vessel had departed Honiara for West Are’are on Thursday night, despite the approach of Tropical Cyclone Harold. She arrived safely, but high waves and winds took more than two dozen people over the side during the voyage. Initial reports indicate that the master was unaware of the loss until after the vessel’s arrival, and the exact number of people swept overboard may never be known. Five bodies – three women and two men – were recovered on Sunday on South Malaita, Solomon Islands, and an additional body washed up on shore on Monday. 21 others are still missing.