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Marine round-up : 3rd April 2024

The Swedish Club has appointed Martti Simojoki to the new role of Loss Prevention Manager, based in Gothenburg Simojoki has served as a Senior Loss Prevention Manager at Alandia in Finland and has held a number of significant positions onboard ships worldwide. The Club said that, having previously fallen under the auspices of the Claims Department, the introduction of a Loss Prevention Manager within The Swedish Club marked a “significant development for the club as it recognises the increasing importance and complexity of Loss Prevention”.

A fire broke out on one of the mobile cranes at the Infraestructura Portuaria Mexicana (IPM) terminal on March 27th, causing the crane to fall onto bulk carrier, St Ajisai (IMO 9919668). The incident occurred in Altamira, Mexico, on Wednesday, March 27th. The Liebher-branded crane was unloading cargo from a vessel when the incident occurred. Volunteer firefighters from Tamaulipas responded to the scene. They suggested to local media that the fire may have been caused by an oil leak in the crane’s engine.

2022-built, Panama-flagged, 34,618 gt St Ajisai is owned by Lucretia Shipping Co care of manager Santoku Senpaku Co Ltd of Osaka, Japan. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Lucretia Shipping Sa. As of April 3rd the vessel was moored at Altamira, Mexico.

Eight holidaymakers who did not make it back to cruise ship Norwegian Dawn (IMO 9195169) before its departure from São Tomé and Príncipe off West Africa on March 27th have had a difficult time catching up with the ship before it returns to Europe The eight passengers were on the island on a private tour, but missed the final call to the ship. The private tour operator contacted the captain to report that the passengers were on their way, but would be late. However the boarding was missed. Eventually the Sao Tome Coastguard loaded the eight passengers on a boat and took them to the anchored ship, but the captain reportedly told the Coastguard to take the passengers back to the island. Norwegian Cruise Line worked with local authorities and was in contact with the stranded passengers, of whom six were Americans and two from Australia. Four were elderly. The group made it to the next scheduled stop in Gambia, but the ship did not, failing to dock due to adverse weather conditions and tidal restrictions. The group then headed to Dakar, Senegal, the last stop before the ship returned to Europe, where apparently they managed to board on April 2nd. Norwegian Cruise Line said that “despite the series of unfortunate events outside of our control, we will be reimbursing these eight guests for their travel costs from Banjur, Gambia to Dakar, Senegal”.

It noted that, in what was an unfortunate situation, “given that these guests were on a private tour and did not return to the ship at the communicated all aboard time, they are responsible for any necessary travel arrangements to rejoin the ship at the next available port of call, per our protocol”.

The vessel departed from Cape Town in South Africa on March 20th for a 21-day voyage along the West African coast. The cruise is set to end in Barcelona, Spain, on April 10th.

2002-built, Bahamas-flagged, 92,250 gt Norwegian Dawn is owned by Norwegian Dawn Ltd care of manager NCL Bahamas Ltd of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Norwegian Dawn Ltd. As of April 3rd the vessel was en route from Dakar, Senegal (departed April 2nd), to Tenerife, Spain (ETA April 5th), one hopes with the passengers now on board.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13260825/Australians-left-stranded-Africa-cruise-ship.html

Five people were scheduled to appear before the maritime court of Le Havre on April 2nd, after the sinking of fishing vessel Breiz in January 2021. Among the defendants is the master of the SNSM boat responsible for towing. They are on trial for involuntary manslaughter, after the trawler sank on January 14th off the coast of Lion-sur-Mer. Three fishermen died. The vessel had got into trouble and was taken on tow by an SNSM boat, but then the fishing vessel sank very quickly with all its crew. A year later the Office of Investigation into Maritime Events (BEA Mer) released its investigation report. The report blamed the rescuers, while also noting the lack of experience of the fishermen and the overload of the trawler at the time of the incident. In November 2022, the five members of the SNSM who participated in the towing were placed in police custody as part of an investigation for manslaughter. That in turn caused a great deal of controversy within the SNSM community. In addition to the master of the SNSM boat from Ouistreham scheduled to appear before the court was the co-owner of the trawler, a maritime expert and two agents from the Departmental Directorate of Territories and the Sea (DDTM) of Calvados.