Marine accident round-up : 9th January 2020

Cosco Shipping has said that the self-ignition of misreported lithium batteries was the cause of a fire onboard its container vessel Cosco Pacific (IMO 9355551). The vessel caught fire on January 4th while en route to Nhava Sheva, India from Port Klang, Malaysia. She had divert to Colombo for inspections. According to a Cosco update on the incident, the fire started from a container operated by Wan Hai Lines and the burnt lithium batteries in the container, loaded from Nansha and destined for Nhava Sheva, were falsely declared as spare parts and accessories. All three containers from the same shipper, along with several containers around the burnt container, have been unloaded from the ship. The company said that it could declare general average. The ship’s original port calling schedule was Nhava Sheva, Shekou, Ningbo and Shanghai. 2008-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 115,776 gt Cosco Pacific is owned by Cosco Pacific Shipping Ltd care of manager Cosco Shipping Lines Co Ltd of Shanghai, China. ISM manager is Shanghai Ocean Shipping Co of Shanghai, China. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Eastern Syndicate) on behalf of Cosco Pacific Shipping Ltd.

A work boat recovered 24 drums of hydrocarbons on January 6th from cargo ship CDRY Blue (IMO 9504619) off the southwest coast of Sardinia in the municipality of Sant’Antioco. The drums were then taken ashore for disposal. The fuel extraction was continuing on January 7th. No pollution was observed. The vessel was waiting for a final assessment before it can continue its voyage. CDRY Blue had run aground on December 21st shortly after leaving Cagliari, but had turned back because of bad weather. All 12 crew emembers were rescued safely, but the vessel appeared to have suffered significant damage.

2010-built, Italy-flagged, 5,639 gt CDRY Blue is owned by R&S Maritime care of manager Nuova Naviservice Srl of Naples, Italy.

Refrigerated cargo ship Cote d’Ivoirian Star (IMO 9172478) struck a whale on its way into Portsmouth during the morning of December 30th. The ship, which was carrying a cargo of bananas from Dakar, anchored off the east coast of the Isle of Wight The mammal was still stuck to the bow as it approached Portsmouth and the crew sent out a distress call to the Coastguard. The agency’s receiver of wreck and counter pollution teams have been informed and the situation was being monitored. The ship was taken to port by three tugs after being stranded off the cost of the Isle of Wight for almost seven hours. It berthed at the Portsmouth International Port later on December 30th. 1998-built, Liberia-flagged, 15,292 gt Cote d’Ivoirian Star is owned by SSI Shipowning Inc care of manager Siem Shipping UK of Sutton, UK. It is entered with Skuld (business unit Skuld Oslo 1) on behalf of Africa Express Line Ltd.

Container ship Songa Iridium, which ran aground in the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul on December 27th, had been made fully operational following engine repairs and a damage assessment. The 2,007 teu sub-panamax was expected to depart Istanbul anchorage shortly. The vessel ran aground off the Sariyer quarter underneath the Rumeli Fortress in the Bosphorus Strait at noon on December 27th, en route to Antwerp. The ship dropped its port side anchor while drifting perpendicular to the fairway towards the shore and finally got stuck with slow speed just a few metres from the promenade. No one was injured. Several tugs and rescue ships were deployed to assist. 2008-built, Liberia-flagged, 23,633 gt Songa Iridium is owned by Songa Iridium AS care of manager Nordic Hamburg Shipmgmt HK Ltd of Hong Kong. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Hamburg) on behalf of Nordic Hamburg Shipmanagement.

General cargo ship Shantar (IMO 9190274) was in collision with cargo ship Tanir (IMO 8711318) at the anchorage in the Avacha Bay, Petropavlovsk, Russia, off the Kamchatka peninsula on January 2nd. The bow of the Shantar struck the Tanir at port side and caused a hull breach below the waterline. The leakage was sealed with a hard patch by divers. On Jan 3, both ships were berthed in Petropavlovsk.

1994-built, Russia-flagged 7,085 gt Tanir is owned by Chukotka Trading Co JSC of Chukotskiy, Russia. It is managed by Norfes Marine Service Co Ltd of Vladivostok, Russia. It is entered with Ingosstrakh.

1999-built, Russia-flagged, 6,540 gt Shantar is owned and managed by Sakhalin Shipping Co Sasco of Kholmsk, Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia. According to Equasis it is entered with Noord Nederlandsche P&I Club, although it does not appear on NNPC’s web site.

Cargo ship Lady Sham (IMO 9171383) suffered an engine failure during the evening of January 1st and went adrift in the Aegean Sea between Rhodes and the Karpasos islands, while en route from Bejaia, Algeria, to Tripoli, Libya. On January 3rd the ship was still drifting in western direction towards Karpathos, while being monitored by the Greek Coastguard. A tug was is to be deployed to assist. 2001-built, Sierra Leone-flagged, 6,354 gt Lady Sham is owned by Regina Shipping & Trading care of manager Adriamediteran Ltd of Tripoli, Lebanon. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of Regina Shipping & Trading Ltd.