Marine accident round-up : 8th August 2023

Luxury yacht Scheherazade (IMO 9809980), which has been linked to Russian president Vladimir Putin, is being refitted in the Marina di Carrara, despite having been seized by Italy in May 2022. That month the $700m ship left the shipyard and was ready to leave the port, where it had been since September 2021, but it was seized on May 6th 2022 based on its links to the Russian government. In a curious move, the Italian authorities appear to have granted permission for the unnamed owner to continue paying for the vessel’s staff, maintenance, and also to undertake a refit in the port in Tuscany on Italy’s western coast. Milan-listed Italian Sea Group was reported to be undertaking the refit. The “real” owner of the Scheherazade is speculated to be Eduard Khudainatov, former CEO of Russian state oil company Rosneft and a sanctioned individual. However, US authorities were reported to believe that the really real beneficial owner was Putin himself. The Scheherazade is a motor superyacht built by Lürssen Yachts of Germany with a length of 140 metres, making it one of the longest motor yachts in the world. It was launched in July 2019.

2020-built, Malaysia-flagged (since June 1st 2022), 10,167 gt Scheherazade is owned by Bielor Asset Ltd, care of Onda Mare Yacht Management of Lucca, Italy.

As of August 7th tanker Yannis P (IMO 9411343) remained anchored in the Baltic Sea 13nm north of Rugen island, Germany, after suffering an engine failure on August 4th. A storm was expected in the area on August 7th and 8th. German authorities sent an offshore tug, SAR tug and tug to ensure the tanker’s safety. A Danish pilot was reported either to have boarded or to be ready to board the ship. The crude oil tanker was en route from Primorsk, Russia to Mundra, India, with a cargo of Russian crude. As of August 7th the vessel was at anchor in the Baltic Sea.

2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 81,347 gt Yannis P is owned by Dalvan Marine Inc care of manager Marine Trust Ltd-MAI of Athens, Greece. It is entered with NorthStandard (North of England) on behalf of Dalvan Marine Inc.

A fire aboard general cargo ship Volgodonsk (IMO 7911478) on July 30th at Yalova, Turkiye led to a damage incident investigation, which has now been completed by the Harbour Master and the local brigade authority. Permanent repairs have been commenced by the shore-based technical teams, in line with the recommendations of the class surveyor. A new set of spare parts was provided by the owners. Upon completion of the repairs, insulation tests will be carried out by the surveyor panel. The repairs were still being carried out, and the vessel remained stationary in the shipyard at Yalova as of July 31st .

1981-built, Russia-flagged, 3,743 gt Volgodonsk is owned and managed by Linter LLC of Rostov-na-Donu, Russia. ISM manager is TD Riff LLC of Rostov-na-Donu, Russia.

LPG tanker N Orhan (IMO 9130456) suffered a breakdown at the SSGC terminal in Port Qasim, Karachi, Pakistan, on July 23rd, with 3,000 tonnes of LPG in its tanks. The ship’s generators malfunctioned, meaning that transfer of LPG from the vessel was suspended. The breakdown blocked other vessels carrying LPG in the outer channel. As a result, the vessel remained stuck in port, and gas could neither be pumped from the vessel nor evacuated from the terminal. The N Orhan finally sailed from port on July 27th.

1996-built, Palau-flagged, 4,924 gt N Orhan is owned by N Orhan Shipping Ltd care of manager Brij Maritime Pvt Ltd of Mumbai, India. As of August 7th the vessel was moored at Hamriya, UAE.