Marine accident round-up : 8th October 2019

Heavy seas and strong winds caused the partial collapse of a large section of an Alaska dock that supports offshore oil drilling last week, reports the Anchorage Daily News. Offshore Systems Kenai dock in Nikiski was heavily damaged last Tuesday October 1st. Officials said that the dock supporting the Cook Inlet oil industry lost a section estimated by the US Coast Guard to be 50ft wide. A USCG spokeswoman said that about 300 gallons of diesel fuel spilled and dissipated into the inlet. The USCG said that the dock continued to erode, but oil and hazardous materials had been removed. An Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation official said that the facility would be unable to provide fuel to the vessels that service offshore oil and gas platforms for an indefinite period.

Little now remains visible of high-speed ferry Pinar del Río (IMO 9043952) in Dénia, with the scrapping of the wreck advancing significantly over the past two weeks. The accommodation area has gone and only a small strip remained above the waterline. Ardentia Marine and Varadero Vinaròs are now in charge of cutting the vessel into sections and are removing the parts with a 250-ton crane. Baléaria planned to start work under water this week. A team of specialized divers will handle the underwater work. The shipping company estimated that the removal could be completed by early November. The assembly of a larger, 500 ton, crane, as well as a barge, was planned, enabling the salvors to remove the engines and other submerged elements of a large weight in sections. 1992-built, Cyprus-flagged, 3,454 gt Pinar Del Rio is owned and ISM-managed by Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas. Commercial manager is Balearia Caribbean Ltd of the same address. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European syndicate) on behalf of Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas, SA.

Environmental protection agency Profepa has begun evaluating the possible environmental damage from the sinking of fishing boat Maria Verónica (IMO 8030075) in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico. Shortly before the boat caught fire, workers were doing maintenance welding on the longliner, but the cause of fire was still not known. The María Verónica was carrying 680 tons of diesel fuel which created a column of black smoke when it ignited. More than 1,200 people were evacuated from around the port, which was shut down for several hours. Firefighters extinguished the blaze after about 24 hours. There were no casualties. The Profepa has been monitoring air and water quality near the port to see if it has been affected by the fire. Flame retardant used in the firefighting effort did not have any negative effects on the water quality. 1986-built, Mexico-flagged, 1,127 gt Maria Veronica is owned and managed by Maratun Sa De Ve CV of Manzanillo, Mexico.

The Russian crew members of fishing boat Bukhta Naezdnik (IMO 8913253) were repatriated to Murmansk on October 2nd. More than half the crew of 29 lived in the Murmansk region; they returned home on October 3rd. The others were accommodated in hotels in the city of Tromsø. Several of the crew lost their personal documents and papers in the fire. Noredo has engaged Tromsø based Fagdykk to monitor the wreck. It was not yet known when it would be removed. A fire broke out on Bukhta Naezdnik on September 25th at the quay at Breivika in Tromsø, causing a heavy development of smoke from the bow. Adjacent sites were evacuated. Because hydraulic oil, ropes and plastics were on fire heavy smoke drifted from the vessel in a northerly direction. Residents were asked to close windows and not expose themselves to smoke. Of the 29 people reported to be on board, 27 of them were transported to the University Hospital North-Norway for a health check. At least 10 were treated for smoke inhalation. The captain reportedly told local police that the fire has started in hydraulic oil and a trawl bag in the foreship. The vessel eventually sank onto its side. 1991-built, Russia-flagged, 1,899 gt Bukhta Nayezdink is owned and managed by Karat-1 ZAO of Murmansk, Russia. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Oslo 2) on behalf of JSC Norebo Holding.

General cargo Ship Mimo (IMO 8421705) suffered a technical failure at Larnaca on September 30th. Permission to depart was cancelled by the maritime authority until the completion of permanent repairs, and as of October 4th the vessel remained stationary at Larnaca. 1986-built, Panama-flagged, 1,543 gt Mimo is owned by Akasya Shipping & Trading Ltd care of manager Yaran Shipping & Trading Co of Istanbul, Turkey. According to Equasis, it is entered with NNPC, although it is not listed on NNPC database. h