Allision in Paramaribo
The "Asphalt Trader", while departing the oil refinery berth in Paramaribo, Suriname, suffered a total power failure, due to sea suctions clogged with river mud, on June 8, 2019, at 07.20 a.m. Minutes later, the anchor was released, and the vessel's bow allided with a concrete/steel jetty. The vessel sustained paint scratches in the bow above the waterline. It remained at anchor in the Suriname river awaiting inspection results and compensation approval. On June 24 a settlement for repairs tothe jetty were agreed and paid and the vessel was allowed by the Port Authority to return to the port for loading further fuel products and cleared to depart Suriname.
Long-Detained Asphalt Ship Leaves Port of Baltimore
The asphalt carrier Asphalt Trader departed the Port of Baltimore on Saturday after resolving multiple safety discrepancies found during port state control inspections in 2016 and 2017. A three-person examination team from Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region Port State Control branch inspected the Asphalt Trader, previously known as the Newlead Granadino, near the end of July 2017. After thorough inspection, the Coast Guard received the necessary documentation and verified that the vessel is in a safe condition to depart Baltimore. http://maritime-executive.com/editorials/long-detained-asphalt-ship-leaves-port-of-baltimore
Remaining crew repatriated
The remaining six sailors of the 18-member crew of the "Newlead Granadino" were sent home on May 31, 2017, after being stuck on the stranded ship in the Baltimore Inner Harbor for nearly nine months. The asphalt tanker experienced major engine issues after sailing into Baltimore on Sep 20, 2016. The vessel was detained by the Coast Guard until repairs could be made. The ship's owner, NewLead, couldn't pay for repairs so the bank that owns the mortgage on the vessel took over. The bank sold the ship to Eurotankers, Inc. The sale was finalized on May 31, and the six men were transported back to the Philippines. A representative of Eurotankers, Inc. estimatds that repairs will take about a month and the vessel will return to sea afterwards. The new name of the ship is "Asphalt Trader". The sailors aboard the "Newlead Granadino" endured less than desirable conditions. When they first arrived at the port, they were running out of food and water. The men resorted to fishing for food. The boiler was also broken throughout the winter months. The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) and Baltimore International Seafarers' Center intervened to help the men on-board. There was also an outpouring support from the community. The Urban Pirates along with several local restaurants donated and delivered food to the men. This isn't the first time a ship has been stuck in the Harbor for an extended period of time. Report with photo: http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/after-9-months-of-being-stuck-final-crew-members-on-stranded-ship-sent-homeUpload News