WEEKLY GLOBAL MARITIME INCIDENTS

Hapag-Lloyd Container Ship Lost Anchor After Blackout, Barely Avoided Collision

Container ship MONTREAL EXPRESS suffered a blackout in Elbe shortly after leaving HHLA Terminal in Hamburg. The ship had to drop both anchors in emergency, container ship MSC MADRID (IMO 9480198), sailing in the wake of MONTREAL EXPRESS, nearly missed collision, thanks to quick reaction of a tug at her stern. MONTREAL EXPRESS lost one of her anchors and was taken back to port after the accident, until anchor was located and recovered by floating crane. Anchor was restored, the ship resumed voyage on Jan 27, en route from Hamburg to Montreal Canada.

 
Ferry Ran Aground On Reefs Twice In Less Than 48 Hours

Ferry SABUK NUSANTARA 62 ran aground on the reefs twice in less than 48 hours, in Raja Ampat Regency waters, West Papua, Indonesia. First grounding occurred at around 0200 UTC Feb 2, when ferry was sailing from Sorong to Waisilip Village. She was refloated, probably by own means, shortly after grounding, and resumed voyage. Second time ferry ran aground while being en route from Waisilip to Gag Island, on reefs in Gag Island waters at 1500 UTC Feb 3, having 50 passengers on board. Understood ferry was again, refloated, but detained at Gag, for investigation and assessment of damages inflicted upon reefs.

 
1 Crew Died, 3 Injured After Being Hit By Wave In Stormy North Atlantic

Bulk carrier GIULIA I left Norfolk Virginia, on Jan 26, bound for Tunisia Bizerte, ETA Feb 9, but had to interrupt her voyage on Jan 30 and head for Halifax, Nova Scotia, after a tragic accident. The ship was caught in rough weather, 1 crew was killed and 3 were injured. Reportedly, “they were hit by a high wave”, so understood, they have been working on outer deck, and smashed by a wave. GIULIA I reached Halifax on Feb 1. All crew are said to be of Filipino nationality.

 
Bulk Carrier Aground, Parana River

Bulk carrier SANKO FORTUNE loaded with some 47,000 tons of maize, in the morning Feb 2 ran aground in Puerto San Martin port area, Parana river, Argentina, shortly after completing loading and leaving cargo terminal, being already underway and proceeding downstream. As of 0130 UTC Feb 3, the ship seemingly, was still aground, with tug at her side. Traffic isn’t affected. She’s en route to Bahia Blanca for a top off.

Refloated at 0540 UTC Feb 3 with tug’s assistance, anchored for inspection. Resumed voyage changing port of destination, now it’s Punta Del Este Uruguay, ETA Feb 5. As of 0430 UTC Feb 4 was sailing downstream, halfway between Rosario and San Nicolas.

  

Drilling Ship Broke Off Moorings, Went Adrift, Scotland

Drilling ship VALARIS DS4 broke off her moorings in stormy wind at Hunterston, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, in the evening Feb 2. The ship is said to be in an intermediate lay-up between commissions. VALARIS DS4 went adrift, tug or tugs, and lifeboats, responded. Understood VALARIS DS4 was taken under control, either moored back to pier or anchored.