Marine accident round-up : 8th July 2021

Container ship MOL Charisma (IMO 9321249) ran aground at around 18:00 local time on July 5th of the Vietnamese coast, some 180 nm south of Vung Tau. It refloated by its own means after about nine or 10 hours and as of 13:00 local time Jul 7, was adrift or moving at slow speed, north-east of the grounding site. The vessel had been from Vung Tau to Singapore with an ETA of July 8th.

2007-built, Bahamas-flagged, 86,692 gt MOL Charisma is owned by Camilla SNC care of Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd of Tokyo, Japan. ISM manager is MOL Ship Management Singapore. It is entered with Japan Club on behalf of SNC Camilla.

‘Offshore supply ship’ Ocean Viking (IMO 8506854) asked the EU on July 6th to find a port where it could dock to disembark 572 migrants it had rescued in the central Mediterranean over recent days. The Ocean Viking is said to be the only migrant rescue ship currently operating in the central Mediterranean as four other vessels are currently being detained after Port State Control inspections. At the time the ship was between Malta and Sicily. As of July 7th the vessel was about 30km west of Malta, between Sicily and Tunisia.

1986-built, Norway-flagged, 2,090 gt Ocean Viking is owned by SAR Offshore AS care of manager Hoyland Offshore AS of Steinsland, Norway.

The SAR operations for people missing from the sunken Passenger/Cargo RoRo KMP Yunicee (IMO 88757548) was set to be wound down after a week if there were no new developments. The joint search and rescue team has widened the area of its search. The National Search and Rescue Agency recommended that divers not search the wreck due to the strong currents in the area. The number of passengers missing from the ferry was now put at 18 after it was discovered that the vessel was carrying 76 people. The KMP Yunicee capsized and sank in the port of Gilimanuk waters, Bali island, Indonesia, during the evening of June 29th, shortly after arrival from Ketapang, Java (IMN July 1st). It was understood that the vessel developed a list, perhaps because of a vehicles shift on board. 1992-built, Indonesia-flagged, 1922 gt Yunicee is owned and managed by Surya Timur Lines of Surabaya, Indonesia.

On July 3rd bespoke gigantic crane barge VB 10,000 lowered another section of the capsized car carrier Golden Ray onto a dry dock barge late. Salvage crews then began securing the section, after which it will be transported to a dismantling facility on the East River in Brunswick. Because of rough wave action and swells the salvors had to scrap plans for towing the barge and its cargo out of the sound during the late afternoon slack high tide. The salvors had spent the last two days flushing accumulated sediment from the section with hoses from tugs and using a crane to pluck vehicles and mobile deck portions from the inside of section three. They removed 41 vehicles and a few movable decks, and continued to reduce the sediment build-up. Section three was the first of the four middle sections to be separated. It was also the first section to be hauled from the sound by a dry dock barge. The current plans called for transporting all four middle sections to the East River site, where they will be dismantled before being sent away for recycling.

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