Marine round-up : 22nd August 2023

Axis has hired a team of inland marine underwriters from Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI), reports The Insurer. The team is led by US head of wholesale inland marine Kristen Hunter, the report stated.

A fire broke out on board chemical/oil products tanker Falcon Chemist (IMO 9809667) shortly before midnight local time in the Yellow sea, about 43nm west of Gunsan, Korea. The tanker was travelling in ballast from Changshu, China, to Daesan, South Korea. The South Korean Coast Guard and maritime emergency agencies responded, and all 16 crew were evacuated. The fire, which was understood to have broken out in the engine room, had been extinguished by the afternoon of August 20th. The disabled tanker is to be towed to Yeosu.

2018-built, Panama-flagged, 2,993 gt Falcon Chemist is owned by Kmarin No 35C SA care of manager KSS Line Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is KSS Marine Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of KCTHREE Shipping SA. As of August 20th the vessel was reported as Stopped in the Yellow Sea, en route from Changsu, China to Daesan, South Korea.

Emergency services were called to cruise ship Viking Mars (IMO 9833187) on August 18th while it was docked at the Saltburn Pier in Invergordon. A crew member had fallen from the vessel into the water and was airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment, but was later reported to have died.

2022-built, Norway-flagged, 47,842 gt Viking Mars is owned by Compass Shipping 37 Corp Ltd care of manager Viking River Cruises of Woodland Hills, California, USA. ISM manager is Wilhelmsen Ship Management of Lysaker, Norway. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European Syndicate) on behalf of Compass Shipping 37 Corp Ltd. As of August 20th the vessel was moored in Scrabster, Thurso, UK.

General cargo ship Ocmis Gar (IMO 9141625) suffered an engine failure and subsequent loss of power off Gabes on August 5th while en route from Gabes to Alicante. Repairs could not be carried out by the crew. A tug was deployed to tow the vessel to Alicante. The towage operation commenced on August 14th and the vessel arrived at Alicante on August 19th.

1997-built, Guinea-Bissau-flagged, 4,150 gt Ocmis Gar is owned and managed by Gar Maritime Ltd of Castellon de la Plana, Spain. As of August 20th the vessel was moored at Alicante, Spain.

Bulk carrier HL Port Hedland (IMO 9454527) allided with the wharf structures during a docking manoeuvre in the port of Vancouver, British Columbia, during the morning of August 8th. The vessel, which was being assisted by tugs at the time, was secured, having suffered minor damage to its gangway. It departed the port on August 12th en route to Gwangyang, with an ETA of August 31st.

2010-built, South Korea-flagged, 93,461 gt HL Port Hedland is owned and managed by H-Line Shipping Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of H-Line Shipping Co Ltd.