Marine round-up : 2nd October 2023

Renewable energy class underwriter Ben Sheppard is reported to have left Chaucer to join Beazley. The latter has been seeking to increase its presence in the renewable energy market, in which it has participated through backing third parties and MGAs.

A fire broke out aboard cargo ship Rise Shine (IMO 9164550) during the evening of September 26th , 2023. The vessel had run aground off the coast of Nakhodka, Russia, on November 9th 2021 (IMN November 11th, 12th, 2021). Employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, representatives of the administration of Nakhodka and the Marine Rescue Service immediately went to the scene of the incident. The fire, which had started on the deck near the vessel’s superstructure, was extinguished, and no marine pollution has been reported.

1999-built, Panama-flagged, 4,450 gt Ris Shine is owned by Often Trading Co Ltd of Hong Kong, China. It is managed by Praise Booster Shipping Ltd of Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China.

A seventh man was arrested by Irish police investigating the seizure of 2.2 tonnes of cocaine on bulk carrier Matthew (IMO 9228150) on September 26th (IMN, September 28th ). All seven men have been detained under section 50 Criminal Justice Act 2007. A major search has been ongoing for the past three days of the seas around Wexford to determine if any cargo was floating on the surface.

2001-built, Panama-flagged, 28,647 gt Matthew is reported by Equasis as owned by Mathhew Maritime Inc of Majuro, Marshall Islands. However, until August 1st the vessel was known as the Honmon. As of September 19th the bulk carrier remained stationary at Cork.

The fire aboard the Samudra Sakti III (IMO 9320295) in the waters off Tarahan in Lampung on September 24th apparently was caused by an explosion of the main engine generator at the stern, and almost burned out the entire hull. The ship had been planning to berth at the port of Bukit Asam in order to take on a load of coal. The Indonesian Navy had deployed the patrol vessel KRI Cucut and a Sea Rider response boat to the scene and rescued 26 people on board, with only one person suffering minor injuries. The captain and some of the 19 crew later returned to the vessel to assist with salvage efforts of three tugs.

2006-built, Indonesia-flagged, 19,918 gt Samudra Sakti III is owned and managed by Lintas Maritim Indonesia Pt of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is entered with Shipowners Club on behalf of Lintas Maritim Indonesia.

The dismantling of cargo ship Maren (IMO 9245677) ,which ran aground after its rudder locked near Kerempe, Turkiye on April 1st (IMN April 11th), has yet to commence. Divers conducted additional and detailed inspections and issued an underwater inspection survey report. The vessel’s class status was withdrawn by Bureau Veritas. Environmental permission for the dismantling operation was said to be under progress.

2002-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 9.966 gt Maren is owned by OSS Shipping GmbH care of manager Jens U Waller GmbH of Drochtersen, Germany. At the time it was entered with West of England Club (European Claims Team) on behalf of OSS Shipping GmbH. That cover appears now to have ended.