Marine accident round-up : 8th January 2024

Container ship SSL Brahmaputra (IMO 9238806), which was disabled due to a fire in the engine room in the Arabian Sea on January 1st, was assisted by Indian Coast Guard patrol ship Sarthak in fighting the fire. On January 2nd it deployed an external fire-fighting system for compartment cooling and to prevent further damage. Later the ICG reported that the fire was under control, and a damage assessment had been carried out. All 28 crew members were reported to be safe.

2003-built, India-flagged, 39,941 gt SSL Brahmaputra is owned by Shreyas Shipping & Logistics of Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. ISM manager is Transworld Fleet management of Mumbai, India. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Eastern Syndicate) on behalf of Shreas Shipping & Logistics Ltd. As of December 31st the vessel was off the west coast of India underway from Nhava Sheva to Jebel Ali, UAE, ETA January 4th.

The Port Authority of Kalymnos, Grece was informed by the captain of a fishing vessel that it had allided with aggregates carrier Blue Shark (IMO 9003770) on January 2nd. The vessel was under detention and anchored off the port of Kalymnos. It was alleged that the Blue Shark did not have its mooring-deck lights on due to a fault in its generator. The impact resulted in damages to both vessels, but there were no injuries and no marine pollution . The Kalymnos Port Authority, which is conducting an investigation into the incident, banned the fishing vessel from sailing until a certificate of seaworthiness has been issued from the classification society monitoring the vessel.

1990-built, Togo-flagged, 1,907 gt Blue Shark is owned by Barbour Shipping & management care of Blue Shark Shipmanagement SA of Mersin, Turkiye. As of January 6th the vessel was at Kalymnos Anchorage.

Four perpetrators armed with long knives boarded chemical/oil products tanker Shokai (IMO 9940710) at the Dumai anchorage, eastern Sumatra, on December 26th. They took the duty seaman hostage and tied him up. The onboard shore security watchman fled when threatened with knives. The duty engineer on routine rounds noticed the robbers and raised the alarm, resulting in the robbers fleeing with stolen engine spares. The incident was reported to the port authority via the vessel’s local agent.

2023-built, Panama-flagged, 5,997 gt Shokai is owned by Shokai Shipping SA care of manager Showa Nittan Maritime Co Ltd of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Shokai Shipping SA. As of January 6th it was in the Philippines, underway from Kabil, India, to Kobe, Japan, ETA January 12th.