Marine accident round-up : 9th September 2020

Product tanker Trung Thao 36-BLC (IMO 9700598) experienced a serious explosion in its portside cargo tanks midship area during the morning of September 7th, while waiting for permission to enter Dung Quat port, Quang Ngai, central Vietnam. Some of the 12 crew were reported to have been thrown overboard by the blast. One crew member was reported missing while 11 were rescued. A fire after explosion was extinguished within about an hour by tugs and the search and rescue teams. The tanker was in ballast.

2012-built, Vietnam-flagged, 1,599 gt Trung Thao 36-BLC is owned by BIDV-SuMi TRUST Leasing Co of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is managed by Ha Thao Shipping Co Ltd of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is entered with West of England (Hong Kong Claims Team) on behalf of BIDV-SuMi TRUST Leasing Co Ltd.

All 29 sailors on fishing vessel Santiago I (IMO 7904982) have been transferred to an accommodation authorized by the Municipality. The crew was taken to the Samay Huasi hotel in Puerto Madryn. A police presence will be in place to guarantee compliance with mandatory social isolation. The fishing vessel arrived in Puerto Madryon, Argentina, on August 31st, reportedly failing to comply with the requirements established by the health protocol of the Port Administration. It did not have the swabs of the entire crew, nor had 14 days passed since his departure. It was therefore denied permission to dock. The whole crew was swabbed and all 29 people on board were reported to have tested positive for Covid-19. No insurance or ownership details available for 1980-built, Argentina-flagged, 198 gt Santiago 1.

A positive case of Covid-19 was detected aboard cargo ship Manantial (IMO 9192155) in the Bay of Concepci√≥n, Chile, on September 5th. The infected crew member and six others considered to have had close contact were isolated. Six other crew members remained aboard the vessel. The ship was had been moored in the bay  with 15 crew members since September 2019. 1999-built, Ecuador-flagged, 3,821 gt Manantial is owned by Bonilla Villaba Angel Efrain care of manager Marboni Shipping CIA Ltd of Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The final stage of the operation to lift and tow chemical/oil products tanker Delfi (IMO 8866266) started in Odessa on September 5th. The final stage will include pumping water out of tanks, testing water flow, moving the tanker to depth water, installing cables and devices for strapping the tanker between the DM barge and the ‘Atlas-4’ floating crane, confirming the possibility of crossing from the water area and finally the crossing itself. No ownership or insurance details found on 1977-built, Moldova-flagged, 881 gt Delfi.