​Weekly Shipping Risks Report Week 8

The new series "Weekly Shipping Risks Report" on FleetMon will provide the shipping industry with a concise report and assessment of prevailing risks and current incidents, with special focus on High Risk Areas.

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Piracy Incidents

Thai tanker Lapin attacked, cargo stolen, Malacca Strait

Pirates attacked a Thai tanker Lapin at around 2000 LT (ICT time) Feb 13 in position 03 11N 100 43E, some 40 nm northwest of Port Klang, Malaysia, Malacca Strait. 6 or 8 pirates, presumably Indonesians, armed with guns and kris, boarded the vessel and captured the 10 crew. Tanker was loaded with bunker fuel, 2,000 tons were siphoned to another vessel, which moored alongside the Lapin. After stoling the cargo pirates left tanker, leaving on upper bridge a device resembling a bomb. Lapin sailed to Thai waters of a southern province Satun bordering Malaysia, Malacca Strait, where finally, on Feb 15, Master was able to report incident and to request assistance. At 0530 UTC Feb 16 tanker was according to AIS, drifting north off Ko Ta Ru Tao island, Satun province. The bomb should be already disarmed, as the Thai Navy sent a bomb squad.

Product tanker Lapin, IMO 7808786, dwt 3254, built 1978, flag Thailand, manager SMOOTH SEA CO LTD, Bangkok.

IMB reports:

* - the news already published, found in other sources. It’s interesting to compare IMB news and news from other sources.

31.01.2015: 0505 LT: Posn: 01:09.4N – 103:27.2E, Around 2.7nm ENE of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.

Five robbers armed with a short gun and knives boarded a bulk carrier underway and entered the engine room. The Chief Engineer noticed the robbers and informed bridge. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Incident reported to local authorities. Investigation revealed that ship’s engine spares were stolen. Upon arriving at Eastern Boarding Ground, the Singaporean Authorities boarded the vessel for investigation.

* 024-15 13.02.2015: 1955 LT: Posn: 03:11N – 100:43E, Malacca Straits.

Eight pirates armed with guns and long knives in a speedboat boarded and hijacked a product tanker underway. All crew taken hostage. The pirates transferred all the fuel oil cargo and some bunker oil into another vessel. They stole crew and ship properties and escaped on 14.02.2015. All crew safe. The tanker sailed to a safe port in Thailand where the Authorities are investigating the incident.

023-15 14.02.2015: 2210 LT: Posn: 20:36.9N – 106:51.3E, Haiphong OPL Anchorage, Vietnam.

Duty AB on routine rounds noticed five robbers on the forecastle deck. He immediately informed OOW, who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped in their wooden motor boat. Investigation revealed that the paint store door was damaged and ship’s stores stolen. Incident reported to Port Control via VHF channel 16.

022-15 14.02.2015: 0254 LT: Posn: Berth 107, Belawan, Indonesia

Ten robbers armed with knives boarded a berthed bulk carrier. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Local authorities boarded the vessel. Seeing the alerted authorities the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s cargoes.

021-15 12.02.2015: 0254 LT: Posn: 20:41N – 107:12E, Hongai Outer Anchorage, Vietnam.

Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. OOW noticed some movements on the forecastle and instructed the duty AB to check. As the AB proceeded forward the OOW directed the Aldis lamp towards the robbers who escaped in their boat. Upon investigation, it was found that ship’s stores and property were stolen.

020-15 12.02.2015: 2000 LT: Posn: 03:41S – 114:28E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.

Two robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier using hooks attached with ropes. Duty crew spotted the robbers and informed the bridge. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped in their boat. Upon investigation, it was found that two padlocks were broken but nothing stolen.

019-15 22.01.2015: 2220 LT: Posn: 05:50.6S – 106:55.8E, Jakarta Anchorage, Indonesia.

Duty oiler during routine rounds onboard an anchored ship noticed four robbers in the engine room. One of the robbers took him as hostage and threatened him with a knife. The remaining robbers stole engine spares and escaped. Alarm raised and all crew alerted. Port Authority informed.


Numerous requests for assistance from distressed migrant boats in Mediterranean sea.

Cape Town, South Africa

Security personnel signing on/off

Immigration authorities at Cape Town have issued a directive stating that security personnel being presented as crew can prove they is a bona fide crew member by producing a valid seaman's book and valid passport, and is on the official crew list, will be allowed to sign on/off at Cape Town.

GAC South Africa

Caribbean drugs smuggling risks:


Vessels now exposed to 24 month bans from Australian ports: new guidelines published in Marine Notice 03/2015, February 2015

AMSA has published Marine Notice 03/2015 (the Notice) setting out stringent (but non-binding) guidelines as to how the decisions to prohibit vessels from using or entering ports will be made. These guidelines clearly point to an escalation of AMSA's intentions to use its powers to target the areas of fatigue, safety management and bridge management identified by Mr Kinley, the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of AMSA, when he first took office.


HFW hfw.com

There are currently four vessels on the list of vessels that have been issued with prohibition directions published on AMSA's website, including one vessel which has been banned for a period of 12 months.


Weekly Risk Assessment:

Risk level was fairly the same as on previous week, without any sharp upsurge in number of attacks or changed trends. The same can be said about SEA and the risk of tankers hijacks – for now, only local, regional small-sized tankers seem to be under risk. No transiting big-sized (MR and bigger) tanker was ever hijacked with the purpose of stealing cargo, with any purpose at all. Attacks of underway transiting vessels, especially big ones, like bulk carriers, are the most risky incidents for the time being, but there’s very little information on such cases, and mostly, information is too scant for an adequate analysis.


Nigerian and GOG security services

I’ve got a copy of OMS PGS Presentation booklet, on maritime security in Nigeria and West Africa. OMS and PGS are well-known companies specialized in security, details may be found on websites http://www.saawestafrica.com and http://www.pgsgroup.co.uk/.

The booklet may be downloaded here: http://www.odin.tc/files/omspgs.pdf

I’ve read booklet, and didn’t get what I’m after (not that I hoped to find it), and I’m looking for simple straight answers to simple straight questions. Such as:

- How high is the risk of being attacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea waters, not just Nigerian waters, are there any statistics comparing the number of attacks with number of vessels in the area;

- Can a vessel obtain an all-including security service, meaning the same guards team during all time of vessel’s sailing in GOG waters, be those waters international, or Nigerian, or Togo, or whatever else?;

- All Privates Security Companies and all guards, including unarmed, are prohibited in at least Nigerian waters, if they are not authorized by Nigerian authorities: yes or no;

- Armed guards must be Nigerian citizen only, yes or no?;

- Nigerian Navy are in constant friction with Nigerian Maritime Police and The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, for an onlooker it seems like all Nigerian military and law enforcement agencies are deeply and enthusiastically engaged in a fight over the security services market: yes or no;

- I need guards team at a short notice, can I get one; and what’s the “short notice” in Nigeria – months, weeks or days?;

- Is there any list of authorized security service agencies in Nigeria and other coastal countries of GOG, with contacts and short description?;

- Is there any hope, that somewhere in the future Nigeria and other GOG States would be somehow obliged to allow foreign reputable and trustworthy security agencies to work in their waters; what should be done to make it happen, and by what institutions?

I got two things from the booklet:

First is, the whole system of providing security in Nigerian waters is a maze of rules, restrictions and nuances.

Second is, OMS and PGS are the best, of which fact I have no doubt.

My impression is, the building up of security services system in Nigeria is yet incomplete, being intentionally complicated, and will stay so for as long as it takes for the powers engaged in a fight over security market to determine who’s to rule. It may go on forever, though.

There’s a growing number of publications crystal-balling the increase of piracy attacks in GOG. I’m of the same opinion, though for a different reason. Experts say the rise in number of attacks should be connected to looming elections in Nigeria, as the rivaling parties need funds for the campaign. I say that the fundamentals for the rise are much more profound, being related to falling oil price. The less money Nigeria gets from exporting crude oil, the less money reach the lower classes. Take Russia for example – prices are going up, wages are going down, unemployment and crime rate are on the rise.

Something is going on, finally, with migrants problem, and as usual, the institution to raise alarm is the ECSA:

Intermanager and ECSA to hold seminar on migrants at sea during European Shipping Week


Mediterranean conveyor of death. Leave the shipping out of it.

The UN and IOM, with the help of do-gooders, are actively creating a conveyor of death.

Container ship MSC Belle and LPG tanker Gaz Energy took part in a rescue operation on Feb 13, rescuing hundreds of North African migrants in the Mediterranean. According to IHS Maritime, MSC Belle took on board about 300 migrants from three rubber dinghies, while Gaz Energy took about 100 migrants from another boat.

“The surge in migrant crossings and mounting casualties led Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni to demand that the European Union increase the monthly EUR4 million budget for Operation 'Triton', which replaced search-and-rescue (SAR)-focused Operation 'Mare Nostrum' in November. The change was made at the insistence of member states such as the United Kingdom, which maintains that such rescues only encourage migration.” – writes IHS Maritime.

MSC Belle (IMO 9203904) is a small-sized boxship, of 14065 dwt, tanker LPG Gaz Energy (IMO 9458169) is not a big ship also, with 17674 dwt. It’s not clear how did those vessels deal with rescued migrants, were they transferred to Navy and CG ships engaged in Operation Triton, or did the vessels keep migrants on board until arriving to the port? MSC Belle arrived to Tripoli on Feb 15, while Gaz Energy sailed to Lebanon, arriving to Zahrani on Feb 14 or Feb 15.

Now, look at photos below, which were taken on Feb 15 on board of Icelandic CG ship Tyr, engaged in Operation Triton. Tyr rescued 184 migrants. Pay attention to Tyr crew outfit, resembling the outfit of those coping with Ebola epidemic or chemical disaster. Tyr is engaged in a special operation, ready to meet any possible risks emerging from hordes of rescued migrants, with high probability of infections and violence.

But what about cargo vessels? What about their tiny crews? They are not prepared for such emergencies and risks in absolutely any aspect, from chemical warfare outfits to supplies and available space to accommodate hundreds of people, let alone any kind of force to keep migrants in order, in case they’ll try to capture vessel (and we know from the scarce information we sometimes receive, that such cases happen from time to time). Every such “rescue” (how many of distress situations are faked ones, by the way?) operation is a grave risk for vessel, her cargo and her crew, and a financial loss for vessel’s owner.

Why don’t the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UN cover the losses suffered by shipping? All those organizations demand is money, more money, and again more money. They are creating a new money-print machine right before our eyes, by demanding more funds and in fact, encouraging more illegal human traffic. The more money those organizations get, the more will be the traffic, those processes are directly connected. The more is the traffic, the more will be the number of victims, leading to new demands for bigger funds. It’s an absolutely cynical scheme, which all major media and politicians miraculously fail to see. The UN and IOM, with the help of do-gooders, are actively creating a conveyor of death.

There is one more thing in this story, which beats me, too. I don’t understand industry media, I just don’t understand which side they’re on, and what’s the purpose of their existence. They’re to defend industry interests, or at least, to analyze the problems and risks from all points of view, are they not? Instead, they’re navigating strictly in the mainstream of major media, avoiding anything, any thought or phrase, which may be considered as politically incorrect. Political correctness and objectivity are incompatible matters, but former is safe and profitable, while latter is risky and ruinous (take me for example). It may be, though, that most of industry media don’t have any ideas or thoughts of their own, just because they don’t have any thoughts. Whatever, industry media as it stands now, is a shame.

Freighter Sevastopol intercepted by Indian CG in international waters. Is it legal?

General cargo vessel Sevastopol was intercepted by Indian Coast Guard after 11-hour chase, involving patrol plane, in international waters in Arabian sea some 110 nm off Mumbai coast on Feb 17. Vessel was under arrest by the Madras high court since Feb 13, in a process of commercial dispute between owner and an Indian company, details of a dispute unknown. Vessel fled Mumbai road at around 0100 LT Feb 17 switching off AIS and navigational lights, ordered to do so by the owner. Indian Coast Guard launched chase, vessel stopped after being threatened of using force. Sevastopol was taken back to Mumbai road. On a photo

General cargo vessel Sevastopol, IMO 9235127,dwt 8484, built 2001, flag Russia, manager Clipper Group (Management) Ltd.


In 2009 a Chinese freighter fled Nakhodka port, Russia, Japan sea, being ordered to do so by a Chinese owner. The only violation was, vessel sailed from Nakhodka without the formalities. An owner was sued by a Russian company, a cargo receiver, which found some 200-300 tons of rice to be damaged by seawater. Local courts rejected the detention plea and said vessel was free to leave. But the offended Russian company was very powerful, so it contacted right persons in Moscow, right persons ordered Coast Guard, Coast Guard sent a destroyer, which intercepted the hapless freighter in international waters, and sunk her by shell-fire, killing in the process half of the crew. The scandal was hushed up, the heroes – several CG commanders, were secretly awarded with medals for their outstanding bravery. Russia created a precedent of intercepting foreign merchant vessel in international waters. Lawyers are to decide if it’s legal. It seems to be illegal, if you ask me, as long as intercepted vessel doesn’t carry any real threat to other vessels, people on board or environment. Such States as Russia, India or Nigeria may develop a habit out of such precedents, and it’s almost impossible to ascertain if the owner was really guilty or forced by a local company “with connections above” to pay “fine” or “compensation” on a dubious pretext.

Weekly Accidents

General cargo vessel Kerem S drifted aground

General cargo vessel Kerem S ran aground on northeast coast of a small Greek island Levitha, east of the Aegean Sea, between Kos and Paros, in the afternoon Feb 20. Vessel got disabled in the morning Feb 20, and drifted to the rocky coast of Levitha. 6 crew evacuated by helicopter in unfavourable weather conditions. No leak reported. Vessel was ballasting from Heraklion, Greece, to Aliaga, Turkey.

General cargo vessel Kerem S, IMO 8223127, dwt 1572, built 1973, flag S-Vincent, manager EFE GEMI ISLETMECILIGI SANAYI, Turkey.

Mysterious freighter Mesogio arrested in Greece. Some secrets of contraband cigarettes industry.

Greek Coast Guard and law enforcement agency or agencies intercepted Tanzania-flagged general cargo vessel Mesogio in Messinian Gulf, Greece, and took her to Kalamata port, reportedly on Feb 20. 6 crew were arrested. A big shipment of contraband cigarettes was found on board, see pic. Sailing records of the vessel are rather mysterious. According to one AIS source, on Feb 16 vessel was in Crimean waters, but according to Greek Coast Guard photos, vessel is in Kalamata, all right, no doubt about it. In recent AIS records only one port is listed – Varna, Bulgaria. Vessel’s history contains other names and other flags, including Ukrainian flag. I have an information from law enforcement agency of one of Eastern European countries, that literally, hundreds of seafarers, mainly of Ukrainian and other Eastern Europe nationalities, were sentenced in Europe during last 2-3 years for cigarettes contraband trafficking. The whole story goes deeper than just that. There is the whole illegal industry under way in Ukraine and Russia, producing cigarettes and smuggling them to Europe. Multimillion business is said to be run by Russian oligarchs, with some part of the profit going into the pockets of high-ranking officials in southeast Europe States, those officials, who support and lobby Russia in the EU.

General cargo vessel Mesogio, IMO 8647311, dwt 324, built 1968, flag Tanzania.

Laker Arthur M. Anderson, U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards trying to free the vessel

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are working together to break free the laker Arthur M. Anderson, which is trapped in ice near Conneaut Harbor, Lake Erie, on her way to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for winter layup. The Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in Detroit, has been just outside of Ashtabula for several days battling 8 to 10 feet of ice in areas and brash ice up to 5 to 6 feet thick. The progress has been slow in getting into Ashtabula, so the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon has been called to assist. The Griffon is stationed in Prescott, Ontario, and is a 234-foot multi-mission medium icebreaker.

The Arthur M. Anderson is currently outside of Conneaut Harbor awaiting assistance. The Bristol Bay is en route back to Cleveland. The Griffon will join up with the Bristol Bay and they will clear a path into Cleveland. The Bristol Bay will fill up on fuel and will resupply with food. Once a path is cleared into Cleveland, the Griffon will head out to Conneaut Harbor and break free the Anderson.

Bulk carrier Arthur M. Anderson, IMO 5025691, dwt 27128, built 1952, flag USA, manager KEYSTONE SHIPPING CO.

Bulk carrier Glorious Future breached bottom contacting shallow, Japan

Bulk carrier Glorious Future contacted bottom some 1.5 miles off Kanmon Bridge, Kanmon (Simonoseki) Strait, Japan, at around 0430 LT Feb 21, en route to Fukuyama port, Hiroshima Prefecture, with 20009 tons of bulk cargo on board. One of the bottom tanks, presumably ballast, was damaged and flooded. Vessel was anchored east of Simonoseki in Inner Japan Sea.

Bulk carrier Glorious Future, IMO 9370977, dwt 24781, built 2006, flag Panama, manager BLUE MARINE MANAGEMENT CORP, Manila.

Viktoria Lady refloated with breached hull

Live fish carrier and fish farm vessel Viktoria Lady ran aground at around 1050 LT Feb 20 20 miles north west of Ullapool, Badcall Bay, northern Scotland. Hull was breached with ensuing water ingress. Rescuers. including Lochinver rescue boat, helped the 7 crew to cope with water ingress and refloat the vessel. divers are to survey hull and asses damages. No spill reported.

Live fish carrier and fish farm vessel Viktoria Lady, IMO 9369849, gt 1186, built 2006, flag Norway, manager DBS CONSULTANCY AS.

Car carrier Grande Africa vs. river tanker Leonardo, Western Scheldt

Car carrier Grande Africa collided with river tanker Leonardo at 1445 LT Feb 20 near Antwerp on Wester Scheldt, tanker is said to be trying to cross car carrier’s course. Tanker suffered serious damages portside, and was taken to Antwerp. Car carrier Grande Africa reportedly suffered slight damages, if any, and resumed her voyage.

Car carrier Grande Africa, IMO 9130949, gt 56642, built 1998, flag Gibraltar, manager ATLANTIC CONTAINER LINE AB, USA.

River tanker Leonardo, MMSI 269057129, flag Switzerland.

General cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways refloated

General cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways refloated on Feb 19 by itself with the coming tide. Vessel moved, or was moved, to deeper waters and was anchored. 0330 UTC Feb 20 vessel was at anchor near the grounding site.

First news:

General cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways aground, Scotland

General cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways ran aground on the coast near Kilchoan, Scottish peninsula, northwest of Glasgow, Scotland, at around 0150 UTC Feb 18, en route from Norway to Belfast with reportedly, cargo of paper on board. Vessel is high and dry on the rocks, with probably a breach starboard side and tiny oil leak. Reportedly salvage companies Svitzer and Smit are contracted, already two tugs are on the scene, salvage is under way. The web is full of photos of Lysblink Seaways on the rocks, here’s one from BBC, more photos may be seen here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-31515061

General cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways, IMO 9197313, dwt 7500, built 2000, flag UK, manager DFDS LOGISTICS AS, Norway.

LPG tanker Yara Gas III, situation said to be under control

LPG tanker Yara Gas III suffered water ingress in engine room of Ekofisk oil field, North sea, in the morning Feb19. Helicopter delivered to tanker three pumps, situation was taken under control in the afternoon, reportedly vessel is disabled, waiting for a tug to be towed to safety.

LPG tanker Yara Gas III, IMO 7431698, dwt 2645, built 1975, flag Norway, manager LARVIK SHIPPING AS.

Ferry KM Madani vs. Navy boat, Indonesia

Ferry KM Madani collided with Navy patrol boat in Riau province waters, Indonesia, Malacca Strait, early in the morning Feb 19. Navy boat suffered minor damages, while ferry’s fore was according to reports, crashed. No injures reported, the cargo on board of ferry was destroyed or heavily damaged.

Ferry KM Madani, IMO 9210581, gt 1024, built 2003, flag Indonesia.

Freighter Fort Azov sank

Reader B. Yovchev wrote to Maritime Bulletin, that the freighter Fort Azov sank during the night Feb 19 off Sinop.

First news:

Freighter Fort Azov listed in storm, crew evacuated, Black sea

General cargo river-sea type vessel Fort Azov developed a heavy list portside in Black sea near Ayancik, Sinop, Turkey, on Feb 18, and requested assistance. Vessel with 3,000 tons of wood on board was en route from Varna, in stormy weather deck cargo shifted, probably with some cargo washed overboard. 12 crew was evacuated by Turkish rescuers, salvage postponed until weather improvement. On a photo troubled Fort Azov off Ayancik.

General cargo river-sea type vessel Fort Azov, IMO 8230053, dwt 3261, built 1970, flag S-Kitts, manager OSTMET LTD, Latvia.

See video of listed Fort Azov:


General cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways aground, Scotland

General cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways ran aground on the coast near Kilchoan, Scottish peninsula, northwest of Glasgow, Scotland, at around 0150 UTC Feb 18, en route from Norway to Belfast with reportedly, cargo of paper on board. Vessel is high and dry on the rocks, with probably a breach starboard side and tiny oil leak. Reportedly salvage companies Svitzer and Smit are contracted, already two tugs are on the scene, salvage is under way. The web is full of photos of Lysblink Seaways on the rocks, here’s one from BBC, more photos may be seen here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-31515061

General cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways, IMO 9197313, dwt 7500, built 2000, flag UK, manager DFDS LOGISTICS AS, Norway.

General cargo vessel Norwind troubled in Gulf of Corinth

General cargo vessel Norwind suffered mechanical failure in Gulf of Corinth, Greece, in the afternoon Feb 17, en route from Domvrena to Turkey with cargo of steel. Two tugs were dispatched to assist disabled vessel in stormy seas. Norwind escorted by tugs safely reached Corinth port on Feb 18 after weather improved.

General cargo vessel Norwind, IMO 9171371, dwt 9861, built 2000, flag Antigua, manager NTO SHIPPING GMBH & CO KG, Germany.

Ferry Juan J Sister

Ferry Juan J Sister in the evening Feb 16 suffered mechanical problem while entering Malaga, Spain, and collided with a pier, damaging two moored pleasure boats and pier constructions. Vessel suffered a breach in a bulb area and was taken out from schedule for repairs.

Ferry Juan J Sister, IMO 9039391, gt 22940, built 1993, flag Spain.

Container ship MOL Contribution fire

Container ship MOL Contribution suffered fire in the superstructure in the evening Feb 15 at Pier 32 in Oakland port, California. Fire in a cabin and corridor was extinguished in some 30 minutes by crew port’s firefighting teams, no injures reported, damages presumably slight and restricted by cabin and corridor. Electric malfunstion said to be the cause of the fire.

Container ship MOL Contribution, IMO 9629914, dwt 89893, capacity 8600 TEU, built 2014, flag Marshall Islands, manager MITSUI OSK LINES LTD.

Capesize China Steel Developer Master arrested in Newcastle, fine looming

The Australian Federal Police arrested the captain of capesize bulk carrier China Steel Developer on Feb 14 in Newcastle for sailing in January through Hydrographer Passage, Great Barrier Reef without a pilot. Vessel was en route from Australia to Taiwan with cargo of coal, and may be fined up to $85,000 for violating the law which required pilot for navigating in these waters. China Steel Developer arrived to Newcastle on Feb 13, at 0500 UTC Feb 16 she was under way to Taiwan, presumably loaded with coal. Hearings in court will proceed on Feb 17, it’s unclear then, under what conditions vessel was cleared to leave Newcastle, and who’s in command.

Bulk carrier China Steel Developer, IMO 9171424, dwt 154191, built 1998, flag Taiwan, manager China Steel Express Corporation.

General cargo vessel Taporo VI

General cargo vessel Taporo VI suffered a breakdown on Feb 14 and drifted, presumably aground, on Huahine island coast, Papeete, French Polynesia, Pacific ocean. Vessel was refloated with the help of the tug or some other technical vessel from Hawaiki Nui, and towed to safety.

General cargo vessel Taporo VI, IMO 7521948, dwt 1200, built 1977, flag France, manager FRANCAISE DE TAHITI.

Bulk carrier Birch 5

Bulk carrier Birch 5 on Feb 14 suffered a hull breach 12x11 cm above the waterline while mooring to buoys off Giali, Gyali island, Greece, eastern Aegean sea.

Bulk carrier Birch 5, IMO 9125786, dwt 26045, built 1997, flag HK, manager BIRCH SHIPPING LTD, HK.

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