Marine accident round-up : 9th September 2021

The chief mate of bulk carrier Daiwan Elegance (IMO 9697894) was reported to have died on board the ship on August 22nd. The ship had finished loading at Zhangjiagang port at around 01:00. The Taiwanese national was reported  missing an hour later when the second officer tried several times to call him on his walkie talkie. The Captain ordered a thorough search of the ship. His helmet, walkie talkie and notebook were found near cargo hold No.3 where the monkey ladder was set to check the mid draft. The duty crew member reported he had already checked the ship’s draft with  two others. He was not wearing any safety equipment. It was assumed that he went to check draft again alone and then fell overboard. An SAR operation was launched, and his body was found three days later in a very calm sea. The police was still investigating the accident, and the vessel was held at a mooring buoy nearby. As of September 8th the vessel was in the East China Sea en route from Zhangjiagang, China to Talcahuano, Chile, ETA October 8th.

2015-built, Panama-flagged, 22,314 gt Daiwan Elegance is owned by Daiwan Elegance SA care of manager Wisdom Marine Lines of Taipei City, Taiwan. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo office in charge) on behalf of Daiwan Elegance SA.

Pilot vessel Shatt Al Arab (IMO 9886316) allided with container ship AS Sicilia (IMO 9430935) on August 18th in the port of Colombo. The cargo ship was berthed at the Bandaranyake Wharf for cargo operations. The pilot boat, which had just been built by the Colombo Dockyard PLC, was undergoing sea trials when the accident happened. The AS Sicilia suffered minor damage to its port side.

As of September 8th AS Sicilia was en route from Chittagong to Colombo, ETA September 12th.

2021-built, Iraq-flagged, 1,600 gt Shatt Al-Arab is owned and managed by the Iraqi transport and communications ministry.

2008-built, Portugal-flagged, 21,018 gt AS Sicilia is owned by AS Sicilia OpCo BV care of manager Contchart BV of Rhoon, Netherlands. ISM manager is Wilhelmsen Ahrenkiel Ship of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of AS Sicilia OpCo

The Port Authority of Gythio was informed during the night of August 28th that a 64-year-old crew member of general cargo ship BMI Emperor (IMO 9310331), which was en route from Sagunto, Spain, to Burgas, Bulgaria, and which was sailing in the sea area of Akrotiri, needed immediate hospital care. The ship proceeded to the anchorage of the port of Gythio and the patient was transported to the General Hospital of Laconia for further medical treatment.

As of September 8th the vessel was moored at Burgas, having arrived from Bejaia, Algeria.

2005-built, Turkey-flagged, 4,703 gt BMI Emperor is owned by Akhisar Denizcilik ve Gemi care of manager Bayraktar Gemi of istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with West of England (Eastern Claims team) on behalf of Akhisar Denizcilik ve Gemi Isletmeciligi Tic AS.

A crew member of cargo ship Electra Gr (IMO 9834844) needed to be medevaced on August 28th while sailing 12km off the coast of La Plata. A helicopter of the Argentine Naval Prefecture was mobilized to take the man, who was suffering severe fever and respiratory difficulties, to hospital. He was transferred to the Port of Buenos Aires where an ambulance was waiting to take him to the Fernández Hospital. As of September 8th the vessel was moored at Zona Commun Anchorage off Argentina.

2019-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 23,675 gt Electra Gr is owned by Forever Shipping SA care of Dorian LOG management of Athens, Greece. Commercial manager is TMA Bulk GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is M/Maritime Corp of Acharnes, Greece. It is entered with West of England on behalf of Forever Shipping SA.

Report with photo and video:

A police investigation into the grounding of patrol vessel Nafanua II (IMO 4734130) has led to the suspension of an officer. Superintendent Sefo Faafoi Hunt, who was the vessel’s commanding officer, has been suspended while a police probe and a commission of inquiry into the running aground of the patrol boat on a reef near Salelologa wharf on Savaii island continues. The vessel became stuck nearly four weeks ago after transporting police officers from Apia to Savai’i to help their colleagues there during a Human Rights Protection party protest. A crew from Australia is scheduled to carry out a salvage operation around about now.

2019-built, Samoa-flagged, 305 gt Nafanua II is owned and managed by the Australian government department of defence.