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Marine round-up : 3rd April 2024

Tradewinds reports that a judge at the UK High Court has ruled in favour of Piraeus-based Nicholas G Moundreas Shipping (NGM) in a $37.5m case that saw the company in a dispute with an array of insurers including Allianz, Axa and Generali. Further analysis coming soon.

General cargo ship Bintang Mulia 2 (IMO 8839689) has been reported as sinking in Tanjung Sibunga, in the waters of the Malacca Strait, during the evening of March 24th. The ship was carrying 42 containers containing various staples. including chicken eggs, cooking oil, flour, corn, plant seeds, fertilizer, Coca Cola drinks and electronic goods, from Medan to Batam for delivery to the people of the Riau Islands. It suffered a list of around 15 degrees in the afternoon before finally sinking completely at night. The crew of the ship was rescued and have been interviewed by the relevant agencies at the Tanjung Beringin Harbour Master’s Office.

1989-built, Indonesia-flagged, 691 gt Bintang Mulia 2 is owned and managed by Perintis Usaha Mulia of Batam, Indonesia.

Japanese domestic cargo ship RyouyouMaru (MMSI:431400388) ran aground and was breached in shallow water off the coast of Ainan Town in the southern Ehime Prefecture, Japan, before dawn on March 31st. Its engine room flooded and the vessel was no longer navigable. The Japan Coast Guard sent a patrol boat to the scene to rescue the crew. There were no injuries or oil spills reported. However, the ship was said to be in danger of sinking due to the flooding, and it was investigated whether it could be towed by tugs or intentionally run aground.

Bulk carrier Panamax Alexander (IMO 9233492) hit the quayside on April 1st while mooring at the port of Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico. There was significant damage to the concrete quayside infrastructure, while the vessel sustained minor hull damage just above the waterline. An investigation is underway to assess the condition of the vessel’s bulbous bow. The cause of the accident was not yet known.

2001-built, Mexico-flagged, 38,928 gt Panamax Alexander is owned and managed by Panenergy SA DE CV of Mexico City, Mexico. It is entered with West P&I (Claims team Greece) on behalf of Naviera Panenergy SA DE CV. As of April 2nd the vessel was moored at Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico