Marine accident round – up : 9th August 2019

Passenger ship Heikendorf (IMO 8308733) was in collision with a 10-metre-sailing yacht at the ferry Möltenort, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, during the afternoon of August 3rd. A minute after leaving the pier the vessel struck the yacht, slightly damaging it on the port side. The damage consisted mainly of scratches. No one was injured. The yacht apparently tried to evade the approaching passenger ship and managed to avoid the worst of the potential impact. The yacht returned to Möltenort after the accident, while the Heikendorf continued its voyage to the nearby port of Laboe. The police attended the scene and launched an investigation against the captain for possible negligence in navigation as it was thought that he had not seen the yacht. 1983-built, Germany-flagged, 278 gt Heikendorf is owned and managed by Fahr gesellschaft Kiel Mbh-Sfk of Kiel, Germany.

Asphalt/bitumen tanker Tasco Amarit (IMO 9615999) was in allision with anchored oil products tanker Hanyu Dream at Ulsan anchorage, South Korea, during the late afternoon of August 3rd. The bow and port side hull of the Hanyu Dream were indented and crushed. No injuries or environmental damage was reported. The vessel left Ulsan anchorage the following morning and arrived in Busan on August 5th. Tasco Amarit sailed from Ulsan Anchorage early on August 5th. 2012-built, Thailand-flagged, 6,106 gt Tasco Amarit is owned by Tasco Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Tipco Maritime Co Ltd of  Bangkok, Thailand. It is entered with Shipowners Club.

Tug MarinéCo Ashanti (IMO 9319636) lost a 51-metre-barge in the middle of the traffic separation scheme of the English Channel before dawn on August 7th while enroute from Lisbon, Portugal, to Ijmuiden, Netherlands. Emergency tug Abeille Languedoc was mobilized by the CROSS Gris Nez to assist. The crew of the tug managed to recover the barge with its emergency wire. Abeille Languedoc arrived at 07:00 to escort the tug. During the afternoon the emergency wire broke, but the Ashanti Marinéco managed to connect the main towing wire, assisted by the crew of the Abeille Languedoc, which continued the escort until the Marinéco Ashanti reached the Belgian border. The local authorities were put on alert. 2005-built, UK-flagged, 161 gt Marineco Ashanti is owned and managed by MarineCo UK Ltd of Loanhead, UK. It is entered with MS Amlin.

The US Coast Guard responded to the collision of LPG tanker Pertusola (IMO 9147394) and fishing vessel Helen approximately 20 miles southeast of Oahu, Hawaii, on August 7th. The tanker was carrying 2,300 metric tons of propane at the time. No injuries or pollution have been reported. And the cause of the collision is under investigation. Weather on scene was reported as seas of between two and three feet, with 5 mph winds. 1999-built, Italy-flagged, 12,800 gt Pertusola is owned and managed by Carbofin SpA of Genoa, Italy. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European Syndicate) on behalf of Carbofin SpA.

Fishing boat Coelleira (IMO 7023063) was scheduled to be refloated on August 7th after all diesel on the vessel had been drained. A marine surveyor from Lerwick was sent to inspect the vessel as part of the move to salvage her. Coelleira ran aground in position at Vee Skerries near Papa Stour while en route from Scrabster. There were 15 crew on board. The Master, Chief Engineer and one other personnel returned to the scene aboard a chartered vessel during the evening to undertake an inspection of engines and propeller, and to see the extent of any other damage. During this inspection, however, the vessel took on a greater list to port and the personnel were recovered to their support vessel before returning to Scalloway. 1970-built, UK-flagged, 210 gt Coelleira is owned and managed by Blue Pesca Ltd of Penryn, UK.