Report: Ice floe, delayed crew response, led to laker grounding
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has determined that delays in responding after the "CWB Marquis" dragged anchor due to contact with an ice floe contributed to the April 2015 grounding of the bulk carrier near Beauharnois, Quebec.
On April 3, 2015, the "CWB Marquis", which is managed by Algoma Central, was anchored for the night at the Pointe Fortier anchorage area, below the Lower Beauharnois lock, on the St. Lawrence Seaway when it was struck by an ice floe. The ice floe pushed the vessel out of the anchorage area and caused it to go aground. The vessel was refloated later that day with the assistance of two tugs.
The investigation determined that although the anchorage area itself was free of ice, most of the surrounding water was covered with fast ice—which is ice attached to the coastline or sea floor. As the wind increased during the night, an ice floe broke free and drifted into the anchorage area where four vessels, including the "CWB Marquis", were anchored.
One of the other vessels was struck by an ice floe, but it was able to promptly raise anchor; however it did not report this event. As an ice floe later came into contact with the CWB Marquis, it pushed against the anchored vessel, preventing the anchor from being raised immediately. The investigation found that a delay in crew response when the vessel began dragging anchor, combined with the time it took to raise anchor, resulted in the ship going aground outside the anchorage area.
Before the opening of the Seaway on Apr 2, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) was responsible for the development of a vessel traffic management plan for the four vessels scheduled to enter the Seaway. Although the plan deemed it necessary to stop the four vessels in the Pointe Fortier anchorage area, the TSB investigation determined there were shortcomings in the plan and operations; some factors included: fast ice remained in the surrounding waters; forecasted increased winds were not taken into account; and the assisting icebreaker was directed to spend the night above the Beauharnois locks away from the four vessels.
Following the occurrence, the Algoma Central Corporation, the vessel's management company, advised the SLSMC that its vessels would secure at available lock approach walls rather than anchoring in the presence of ice. The corporation also amended its safety management system with respect to anchoring in the presence of ice.
For its part, the SLSMC added the Canadian Coast Guard manual Ice Navigation in Canadian Waters to its winter process toolkit.
On June 27, the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker Lycaste Peace, owned by Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line), transited the newly inaugurated Expanded Panama Canal, marking the first commercial passage of an LPG vessel through the new locks.
Originating from Houston, Texas, Lycaste Peace is en route to the Port of Hitachi, Japan. The LPG tanker measures 230 meters in length and 37 meters in beam, and was the first of the over 170 reservations already received for transit through the Expanded Canal.
Monday's transit also represents the first vessel to pass through the Expanded Canal following COSCO Shipping Panama's inaugural commercial transit of the new locks during Sunday's ceremony where tens of thousands of Panamanians, Canal workers, foreign dignitaries, maritime executives and other esteemed guests gathered to celebrate the historic moment.
In addition, the LPG tanker Passat, owned by Avance Gas, transited yesterday as the second LPG vessel through the new locks. The vessel measures 226 meters in length and 37 meters in beam.
The Interlake Steamship Company’s M/V Lee A. Tregurtha sailed today from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., becoming the shipper’s third self-unloading bulk carrier to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers.
Interlake became the first U.S.-flag fleet to test scrubbers on the Great Lakes in April 2015 after pioneering the emission-reduction technology on its M/V Hon. James L. Oberstar. Earlier this month, the M/V James R. Barker sailed as the fleet’s first 1,000-footer with scrubbers.
“With the Lee A. Tregurtha back in service, one third of our fleet is now equipped with innovative scrubber systems implemented specifically to net significant emission reductions,” said Interlake President Mark W. Barker. “Reducing our environmental footprint and leading the way with this technology illustrates our commitment to continuous improvement across our fleet.”
The retrofit of the Lee A. Tregurtha was supported by a $500,000 cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). www.marinelink.co...
The "Vestborg" ran aground in the estuary of the Reisa River in Nordreisa in the afternoon of June 28, 2016. The ship was waiting for the high tide which was expected at 9 p.m. and the assistance of another ship of the same company, Seaworks, the "Martin H", to get off the sandbank. In the morning of June 29 the ship finally refloated again.
Norwegian reports with photos:
The "Pemba" allided with the Nieuwediep Quay in Den Helder on June 28, 2016, at 8.45 p.m. and caused significant damage. The cause of the accident was a technical problem aboard the ship which came from Haifa and managed to escape the collision with the oil rig "Paragon" but slammed into the quay instead despite an emergency ancoring manoever. After the incident, the freighter was secured by a tug and maneuvered along the quay before being berthed at the Ankerpark. The "Pemba" suffered damage to the bulbous bow. An investigation into the exact circumstances and the resulting damage was launched by the port authority.
Dutch reports with photos and videos:
Two Damen ASD 3212 tugs for leading towage and salvage specialist Multraship have been named on 24 June at Terneuzen, the Netherlands. The state-of-the-art Multratug 29 and Multratug 30 were built at the Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam, and operate for Multraship as sister vessels to Multratug 19. The 32 m tugs, which have a bollard pull of 82 tonnes, are notable for their excellent sea-keeping behaviour, superb manoeuvrability and outstanding towing characteristics. The Multratug 29 and Multratug 30 were named respectively by Mrs Rita de Ruijter- Ribbens and Mrs Els Otten- Muller. Source: Damen Shipyards
Two Damen ASD 3212 tugs for leading towage and salvage specialist Multraship have been named on 24 June at Terneuzen, the Netherlands. The state-of-the-art Multratug 29 and Multratug 30 were built at the Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam, and operate for Multraship as sister vessels to Multratug 19.
The 32 m tugs, which have a bollard pull of 82 tonnes, are notable for their excellent sea-keeping behaviour, superb manoeuvrability and outstanding towing characteristics. The Multratug 29 and Multratug 30 were named respectively by Mrs Rita de Ruijter- Ribbens and Mrs Els Otten- Muller. Source: Damen Shipyards
Sailing boats got entangled in fishing gear, four children saved from the Elbe
On June 27, 2016, an accident happened in the Elbe at buoy 133 near the Mühlenberg marina, involving the "Ostetal" and several sailboats. After the accident was reported, the patrol boats "WS 22" and "WS 35" rushed to the site. The "Ostetal" with two crew members on board and the partner trawler "Freiheit" with one man on board had been lying at anchor with the fishing gear in the water. All crew members were below deck. For reasons not yet determined, four sailing boats, each manned by a child which were in tow of an inflatable boat, got entangled in the fishing gear of the trawler. The dinghy was caught in the anchor chain of "Freiheit". Four children fell into the water. The crew members of the fishing boat were alerted by cries for help of the children, went on deck and pulled them immediately out of the water. All of them wore lifejackets. None of the children was injured. They were brought to shore. One of the four sailing boats had to be freed from the fishing gear by a small boat of the fire rescue. There was damage both to the sailing boats and the fishing gear of the trawler.
The "Anja" remains being berthed in Wewelsfleth after the MS „Anja“ Schifffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. Reederei KG declared insolvency. The ship had allided with a pier and the quay in the Elbe Port Bützfleth on Oct 11, 2014, carrying a cargo of copper concentrate, due to a misjudgement of the currents, and suffered a breach of two meters length above the waterline. The "Anja“ was then towed towards the Peters Yard in Wewelsflether but no repairs started. The liquidator has been looking for potential buyers since the insolvency. A crew of 3-4 men is maintaining the bulkcarrier. The crew is exchanged all three to four months and is getting paid by the liquidator. When the ship had berthed in Wewelsfleth, a crew of 12 was on board which had to wait for their wages until May 2015 and was repatriated then.
German report with photo: