Marine accident round-up : 9th August 2018

French longliner Le Puffin was in collision with container ship Cecilie Maersk (IMO 9064401) early on August 7th. The crew of the longliner  was evacuated safely to the port of Saint Gilles while the ship was being towed to shore, having suffered water ingress in the collision. The longliner had been en route to the fishing area off the coast of Madagascar. Le Puffin was disabled immediately and the captain informed the CROSS La Réunion via VHF of the position of the vessel, which was then 17 miles west of the port. The captain of Le Puffin triggered all the tags (transponder, tag 306) to warn the other ship. He also ordered the launch of the liferaft. Five crew members were able to stay on board to stabilize the vessel and stem the water ingress. 1994-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 20,642 gt Cecilie Maersk is owned by Maersk Shipping Hong Kong Ltd care of manager Maersk Line A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Britannia Club on behalf of Maersk Line AS. It is entered for H&M and H&M War with Gard AS on behalf of AP Moller-Maersk AS.

Vehicles carrier Grande Roma (IMO: 9247936) tilted to starboard in the dry dock of Malta Dry Docks in Valletta on August 6th; she had entered dry dock on July 31st for maintenance. The accident was thought to have been caused by a collapse of the dock supports due to the weight of the large stern ramp when this was lowered onto the dock side. 2003-built, Italy-flagged, 44,408 gt Grande Roma is owned by Grimaldi Euromed SpA, managed by Grimaldi Group SpA, with ISM manager being Grimaldi Deep Sea SpA, all of Naples, Italy. It is entered with Standard Club (Mediterranean & Middle East Division) on behalf of Grimaldi Euromed SpA. It is entered for H&M with Norwegian Hull Club on behalf of Grimaldi Group SpA, with Gard AS having a subscription position.

General cargo ship Grigoriy Shelikhov (IMO 9044748) was released on August 5th and was waiting for owner instructions at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port. The ship had been arrested by order of the local High Court on July 3rd as part of litigation brought by a local company. The vessel had arrived there on June 17. 1992-built, Russia-flagged, 7,949 gt Grigoriy Shelikov is owned by Vega Leasing Co care of manager Maritime Trade Port of Khatanga, Russia.

Bulk carrier Densa Lion (IMO 9432464) was arrested by order of the local Chittagong High Court on August 1st. The vessel had arrived at the port’s outer anchorage on July 15th. 2010-built, Malta-flagged, 31,029 gt Densa Lion is owned by Lion Shipping & Trading care of Marinsa Denizcilik AS of Istanbul. It is entered with Standard Club (Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Division) on behalf of Lion Shipping & Trading Ltd.

Freighter Cosmic Tiger (IMO 9780287) was arrested by order of the local High Court on August 2nd in a litigation case at Chittagong port. The vessel berthed in port on August 1st and partially had discharged her cargo at the Chittagong Container Terminal. 2016-built, Panama-flagged, 9,929 gt Cosmic Tiger is owned by Fair Wind Panama SA care of manager Doun Kisen KK of Namikata-cho, Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. ISM manager is B&S Enterprise of Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken, Japan. It is entered with Japan P&I Club (Imabari Office in charge) on behalf of Fair Wind Panama SA.

Passenger/cargo RoRo Apolllon Hellas (IMO 8807105) suffered mechanical damage and leakage from a cooling pipe on the starboard side main engine on August 6th at around midday at Argosaronikos port, Greece. The ship was on its scheduled service from Piraeus to Aegina, Methana and Poros, and had 386 passengers, 41 vehicles, 21 bikes, six trucks and one bus on board. Most of these were forwarded to their destinations with another ferry. The ferry was prohibited from sailing until the damage was repaired and a classification certificate issued by the relevant classification society. 1990-built, Greece-flagged, 1,821 gt Apollon Hellas is owned by Apollon Ferries Maritime care of manager Evageliastria Maritime Co Rio of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Carina on behalf of Apollon Ferries Maritime SA.

Vehicles carrier Grand Benelux (IMO 9227900) suffered an explosion and subsequent fire in her engine room during the afternoon of August 5th. The ship had sailed from Hamburg on August 4th. The vessel anchored North of Zeebrugge, continuing her journey and berthing at the Antwerp Euroterminal NV early on August 6th. The amount of damage had yet to be assessed, and it was unclear whether cargo had been affected. 2001-built, Italy-flagged, 37,712 gt Grand Benelux is owned by ACL Ship Owners 2005 AB, care of manager Grimaldi Group SpA of Naples, Italy. It is entered with Standard Club (Mediterranean & Middle East Division) on behalf of ACL Ship Owners 2005 AB. It is entered for H&M with Norwegian Hull Club on behalf of Grimaldi Group SpA, with Gard having a subscription position.

All eight containers that fell off container ship APL Antwerp (IMO 9532795) into the Elizabeth River during off-load operations at the port of Virginia’s Norfolk International Terminals have been recovered and moved to the pier at NIT. Cargo operations at the port of Virginia were proceeding according to schedule. 2013-built, Malta-flagged, 87,865 gt APL Antwerp is owned by Argosy Pte Ltd of Singapore, and managed by Synergy Maritime Pvt Ltd of Chennai, India. It is entered with Japan Club (Singapore office in charge) on behalf of Argosy Pte Ltd.

Passenger/cargo RoRo Aqua Blue (IMO 7429669) allided with a pier in Skiathos, Greece during the afternoon of August 5th, while undertaking a mooring manoeuvre. The vessel suffered a breach of 60cm height and 20cm width about half a metre above the waterline. On board the vessel were 71 crew members and 170 passengers, who were dropped off safely in the port of Skiathos. The ship was detained for repairs, and passengers to Thessaloniki, were delivered on other ferries. 1975-built, Greece-flagged, 12,891 gt Aqua Blue is owned and managed by Kiara Maritime Co of Athens, Greece. It is entered with American Club on behalf of Kiara Maritime Co.