Latest news in shipping this week

26 July 2017

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Here are the headlines for the shipping industry that have got us talking this week.

Polaris says no explosion on VLOC

South Korea’s Polaris Shipping has denied widespread reports today of an explosion on board one of its VLOCs.

A company official told TradeWinds that two Filipino crew were injured on Saturday when a high-pressure oil leak occurred in the engine room of the 250,000-dwt ore carrier Stellar Young (built 2014).

The incident occurred following the flushing of a fuel filter linked to a generator. The crew had failed to tighten the valves sufficiently to create a seal, and when the generator was restarted, hot oil sprayed out from the filter.

The Polaris official stressed that at no time was there any fire or explosion

This is the latest of several incidents of bad luck to hit the South Korean shipowner this year, the worst of which was the sinking of the 266,000-dwt ore carrier Stellar Daisy (built 1993) in the South Atlantic Ocean with the loss of 22 crew.

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Lomar boxship salvage operation progresses off New Caledonia

A major operation to remove fuel and lubricating oil from a grounded Lomar Shipping containership is underway. Four tugs, three barges and one specialist environmental response vessels are on-site, while two more tugs and one accommodation ship are on route from Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, Lomar said in an update.

The removal of hydrocarbons from the 2,190-teu Kea Trader (built 2017) may take several days to complete, according to the company.

Kea Trader ran aground on a reef in the South Pacific on 12 July.

Salvage firm Ardent are leading the salvage operation. A spokesman within the company said: “We have amassed a large team of specialist resources to support this salvage operation.

“This has taken time, given the distance involved to get adequate resources in place to safely re-float the vessel and protect the local marine environment.

“We continue to receive tremendous support from the authorities in New Caledonia and are moving forward with this salvage operation with every day that passes.”

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Zhoushan Zhongtian arrests ESI boxship

Chinese ship repairer Zhoushan Zhongtian Heavy Industries has arrested a feeder containership operating in the fleet of small Hong Kong shipowner Euroseas International (ESI).

An arrest warrant was served on the 903-teu ESI Anax (built 2001) in Singapore late last Friday after Zhoushan Zhongtian filed a claim against it for an unpaid repair bill amounting to $145,000.

ESI operates a fleet of three small containerships with the ESI Anax officially registered under the ownership of an entity called Orange Walk Corp. Both companies share the same address in Hong Kong’s Sha Tin district.

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Rama 2 out of class at time of deadly sinking

An Abu Dhabi-controlled products tanker that sank off Yemen had been months overdue for required surveys at the time of the fatal incident, according to new information from classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IR Class).

Arun Sharma the IR Class chief executive said that the 6,760-dwt products tanker Rama 2 (built 1989) was not classed by the society and did not have any valid certificates at the time of the casualty in late June.

The chief engineer died after the Panamanian-flag tanker went down, with the remaining 13 crew members rescued by commercial ships, most by the 13,100-dwt chemical tanker MTM Tortola (built 2016).

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Chinese, Hong Kong SAR Forces Rescue Freighter Crew

On Sunday, rough conditions from Typhoon Roke led to the capsize of the Chinese freighter Nan Hui 68 off Huizhou, China. She suffered a cargo shift in the rough weather and her 12 crewmembers were forced to abandon ship.

The Chinese Ministry of Transport rescue ship South China Rescue 101 and SAR helicopter B7136 responded to the scene, along with a helicopter from the Hong Kong SAR Flying Service. Waves were as high as 16 feet when the rescue teams arrived. The Hong Kong helicopter crew hoisted 10 survivors out of the water and brought them safely to the shore. Three of the survivors had injuries so were flown to Zhuhai for treatment.

SAR assets located the last two remaining crewmembers in a raft at about 1200 hours. They had drifted about 0.5 nm to the north of the Nan Hui 68’s last known location, and the vessel Huashun transited to pick them up.

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