We have been informed of the following Maritime casualties which we believe may be of urgent interest to you:

Vessel Destination: EUROPE

“BERG” – IMO:8896040 – Flag: Moldova – Type: General Cargo Ship

On January 31, the “Berg” suffered hull breach and list under unknown circumstances in Crimea Peninsula waters, while en route from Kerch to Bandirma. The hull was holed on starboard side and the sjip sustained water ingress 16 nautical miles from Cape Chauda. The ship changed course and headed for the Feodosia Bay where she was anchored. The 12 crew members, consisting of citizens of Ukraine and Azerbaijan, were evacuated by rescue vessel to Theodosia. Divers were sent down to survey the hull damage.

Vessel Destination: ASIA

“MOL PRESTIGE” – IMO:9321029 – Flag: Singapore – Type: Container Ship           

On January 31, the MOL Prestige” was disabled by an engine room fire approximately 207 nautical miles off Haida Gwaii, B.C., with a crew of 23 on board. She was en route from Vancouver, where she had sailed on January 29, to Tokyo, when a major fire broke out west of Haida Gwaii. Three people were inside the engine room when the fire broke out. A senior crew member helped get them out. Two were airlifted to hospital with blistered hands by an Royal Canadian Air Force CH-149 Cormorant helicopter to Queen Charlotte City where BC Ambulance services transported them to a hospital. The third recovered on board. The remaining crew of 20 was able to put out the fire. The ship was now dead in the water, running only on internal power. The Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre dispatched a CC-115 Buffalo aircraft. The American tank m/v “Polar Resolution” (IMO: 9193563) responded to the distress call and went on standby until relieved by the Canadian Coast Guard ship “Sir Wilfrid Laurier”, which was expected to arrive by midnight. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines from Singapore has contracted the tug “Denise Foss” of Foss Maritime to tow the “MOL Prestige” to an as-yet undetermined port. The tug, based in Neah Bay, Washington, was en route and is expected to arrive on February 3.

“YIN LONG” – IMO:9012161 – Flag: Togo – Type: General Cargo Ship

On February 5, the “Yin Long” suffered engine failure in the Inner Japan Sea at Harina-Nada, and was brought to anchor. The ship was enroute from Kawasaki to Gunsan.

Vessel Destination: UNKNOWN

“RACHEL” – IMO:9361122 – Flag: Netherlands – Type: General Cargo Ship

On February 4, the “Rachel”, en route from Antwerp to Cork with seven people on board, suffered a water leakage in the engine room in the southwest bound lane of the Dover Strait Traffic Separation Scheme. The ship drifted with a speed of 0.4 knots while repairs were carried out. The vessel was carrying 4.400 tonnes of Fertiliser on board, along with 82.1 litres of diesel oil, 92.6 Litres of heavy fuel oil and 3.400 litres of lube oil. At midnight a rubber water pipe replacement and the repairs in the engine room have been completed and the vessel resumed the voyage, ETA February 5.