Marine accident round-up : 9th March 2021

Cutting operations to separate Section Two of wrecked car carrier Golden Ray recommenced on March 7th. Barge Julie B was expected to arrive in Brunswick, Georgia, USA, this week to collect Section Two once the section has been separated and lifted. Response engineers continued to collect data from fixed monitors and hydrographic surveys. They have confirmed that the wreck remained stable. The cutting of section two has proved more complex than anticipated, partly because of the sections that need to be cut through to separate it off from the main body of the wreck.

Cargo ship Norah (IMO 9460289), which was moored in the repair zone of Neos Molos Drapetsonas broke loose from its moorings and was pushed against a nearby moored ship reported as being the Aqua Solution (IMO 6918560). The allision caused minor material damage. No injuries or marine pollution were reported. Three tugs came to assist and pulled the ship to a safer place of Neos Molos Drapetsonas.

The North Port Department of Keratsini of the Central Port Authority of Piraeus banned the ships from sailing until the presentation of seaworthiness certificates and class maintenance by the attending classification societies.

2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 23,494 gt Norah is owned by Banc of America Leasing of Tucker, Georgia, USA. It is managed by Empire Bulkers Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Banc of America Leasing & Capital LLC.

The Turkish pilot of bulk carrier Lord Nelson (IMO 9296315) fell into water from the pilot ladder during the evening of March 7th while boarding the ship in the Eastern Dardanelles. The ship stopped and the pilot was rescued uninjured. The bulk carrier was en route from Illichiysk to Aveiro.

2005-built, Panama-flagged, 17,660 gt Lord Nelson is owned by British Transports Ltd-MTA care of manager British Bulkers Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Swedish Club (Piraeus Team) on behalf of British Transports Ltd.

Fire erupted in the fish processing section of fishing vessel Vitim (IMO 8916798) during the morning of March 6th while it was in the Sea of Japan about 12 nm southwest of Askold island, south of Vladivostok, Primorye, Russia. SAR tugs responded and all 30 crew of the Vitim were evacuated promptly without any injuries reported.

1990-built, Russia-flagged, 704 gt Vitim is owned and managed by Baltjura-Serviss Ltd of Liepaja, Latvia.

Permanent repairs to container ship Contship Fun (IMO 9308613) could not be completed (see yesterday’s IMN) and the vessel was granted towage approval by the Harbour Master. The ship was taken in tow on March 5th and was expected to arrive at Piraeus on March 7th. However, as of March 8th it did not yet seem to have arrived.

The vessel suffered a mechanical failure on March 1st when 15nm north of Karpathos. The ship was en route from Thessaloniki to Port Said. It was taken in tow tug Christos XXV to the Rhodes Port anchorage, where it moored during the afternoon of March 3rd to await repairs and a class inspection.

2006-built, Liberia-flagged, 9,981 gt Contship Fun is owned by Contship Symphony Shipping Inc care of manager Contships Management Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Piraeus) on behalf of Contships Management Inc.