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Bahamas flagged bulker St. Gregory ran aground in Greece

Maritime Accidents

On the morning of June 7, on the southeastern coast of the Peloponnese, Greece, the bulk carrier St. Gregory, the Bahamas, ran aground.

According to the Coast Guard of Greece, the ship, at the time of the accident there were 19 crew members, none of whom were injured as a result of this incident.

The Coast Guard added that there was also no contamination of the water area. The divers inspected the ship, discovering damage to the ship's hull, as well as a partial loss of tightness. The incident occurred on the route from Istanbul, Turkey to Sfax, Tunisia. At the time of midnight on the 8th of June the vessel still remains at the crash site.



The Greek Coast Guard also reported that the cargo on board St. Gregory - 31,000 metric tons of sulfur.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Published: 08.06.2017

Double blast in Cartagena's shipyard

Maritime Accidents

Colombian police are investigating explosions at two shipyards in Cartagena that killed at least six people and injured 22 others.

The blasts occurred within about 30 minutes of each other Wednesday, at two industrial facilities that are at least six kilometers apart. Black plumes of smoke rose into the sky from the scene of each blast.
Some of the injured were seriously burned.

The first explosion was aboard a ship undergoing repairs at a facility operated by the Cotecmar firm, which is linked to Colombia's defense ministry. The second blast rocked the Astivik Shipyards, owned by a U.S. corporation; the company builds specialized barges, floating docks and tugboats for fuel transporters and commercial salvage firms.

Authorities said investigators will focus both on the cause of the blasts and whether they were related. The shipyards in the Caribbean port's industrial zone are at least 15 km from Cartagena's center and tourist attractions including an old town section that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Published: 18.05.2017

IMB's latest piracy report

Maritime Accidents

Pirates and armed robbers attacked 43 ships and captured 58 seafarers in the first quarter of 2017, slightly more than the same period last year, according to the latest ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) piracy report.

The global report highlights persisting violence in piracy hotspots off Nigeria and around the Southern Philippines – where two crew members were killed in February. Indonesia also reported frequent incidents, mostly low-level thefts from anchored vessels.

In total, 33 vessels were boarded and four fired upon in the first three months of 2017. Armed pirates hijacked two vessels, both off the coast of Somalia, where no merchant ship had been hijacked since May 2012. Four attempted incidents were also received.

 

Six crew members have been kidnapped from a general cargo vessel off Nigeria, according to ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) report. Pirates boarded an unidentified ship while it was underway around 21 nautical miles south of Nigerian Coast on May 17. Following the attack, pirates escaped. The remaining crew sailed the ship to Bonny anchorage.

Picture & source: www.icc-ccs.org

Published: 18.05.2017

Canary Islands ferry with 140 passengers hits into breakwater in terrifying accident

Maritime Accidents

An out-of-control ferry with 140 passengers on board has been filmed smashing into a harbour wall.

Thirteen people were injured in the incident last night as the ship left the port of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, one of the Canary Islands, heading for Tenerife, five of which were taken to hospital suffering with various injuries. Luckily none were seriously injured.

It is believed that The Naviera Armas ferry suffered electrical failure causing failure of steering gear, however no official statement on root causes of the accident were made. 

 



The ferry has been towed by two tugs back to its original berth in Las Palmas.

The Tamasite Volcano can carry a maximum of 1,500 people and 300 cars. Damage is now being assessed.

Published: 23.04.2017

22 Crewmembers are presumed to be lost in recent sinking of the Stellar Daisy

Maritime Accidents

The International Association of Classification Societies is ready to learn from any defects and/or mistakes made in the run up to the recent sinking of the Stellar Daisy (South Korean Ore Carrier). Vessel built in 1993 and classed by the Korean Register, has sunken in the afternoon of 31/03/17 with the presumed 22 lives being lost. Another Polaris's vessel – suffered a crack in its hull a couple of days after the Stellar Daisy sunk urging Polaris to carry out a fleet-wide inspection of its vesels.

IACS does not have sufficient confirmed information to comment or in any way speculate on the cause of the vessel’s tragic loss.  Korean Register and the ship’s registry, the Marshall Islands, are continuing to investigate the case.

The IACS head said that following the investigation it would be important to incorporate any lessons to be learned that could further improve safety and minimise future risk from this type of accident.

The Korean Register has admitted that rule changes could be on the cards following the sinking of the converted ore carrier. Intercargo and the IMO are both pushing for a serious investigation into the accident in which there were just two survivors.

Published: 19.04.2017

MT Alex run aground in Java Sea

Maritime Accidents

Managers of the M/T ALEX Euronav Ship Management reported that their crude oil tanker ran a ground in Jawa Sea on April 12th. The vessel, in laden condition, was enroute to Ningbo, China, grounded between Borneo and Sumatra. No injuries or pollution have been reported while the vessel remains safely aground, in good weather. No breach of hull, water ingress or mechanical failure are apparent in the assessment made by the crew, while the Class surveyor is expected to board as soon as possible. Euronav Ship Management has activated its emergency response plan and has notified all the relevant authorities; the emergency team is assessing the options for refloating the vessel.

 

Credits to euronav.com

Published: 13.04.2017