Indian crew died on board having respiratory problem
General cargo ship SAGA FAITH had to divert to Montevideo while under way in Rio de la Plata, in the morning Apr 26, in need of immediate medical assistance to sick crew, who lost consciousness while having breathing problem. MRCC Uruguay informed Navy, patrol boat approached the ship and sent on board paramedics team, but they couldn’t resuscitate him. 38-year old seaman of Indian nationality, regretfully, died. His rank wasn’t revealed, no details were given with regards to the character of his illness.
Car carrier grounding, Chesapeake Bay
Car carrier TIRRANNA ran aground near the Cape Charles Anchorage in the Chesapeake Bay at around 0700 UTC Apr 27, shortly after leaving Baltimore. The ship was refloated some 3 hours later and anchored south of Cape Charles Anchorage, understood for inspection and investigation. As of 0500 UTC Apr 28, the ship remained in the same position. TIRRANNA next port of call is Savannah.
Suezmax tanker struck by general cargo ship, Qingdao, Yellow sea
Suezmax oil tanker A SYMPHONY collided with general cargo ship SEA JUSTICE reportedly at around 0900 LT (UTC +8) Apr 27 in Yellow sea south of Qingdao, China. A SYMPHONY arrived at Rizhao – Qingdao anchorage on Apr 15 from Western Africa via Linggi port, Malaysia. Looks like tanker was anchored at the time of accident, her hull is said to be breached portside in ballast tank area. SEA JUSTICE moved to Qingdao anchorage after collision, and was anchored, no information on her damages. Tanker reportedly, was loaded with some 150,000 tons of bitumen blend, but some cargo could be already offloaded by lighters, considering her almost 2-week long anchorage. Oil spill was reported, but again, it’s not exactly known, what kind of liquid was spilled and in what quantity. Probably it was ballast water, but nowadays any substance leaked from cargo ships, not to mention tankers, is an oil spill and ecological disaster.
General cargo ship drifted ashore, Madagascar
General cargo ship HASSINA ran aground on Apr 26 on a beach at Tamatave, northeast Madagascar. The ship is in a lay-up or abandoned for about a year, so understood, she was anchored and probably unmanned, when accident took place. Attempts to refloat her as of Apr 29, failed. The ship was trading between Tamatave and Nosy Be island, Madagascar.