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Box ship mishaps off California, Dardenelles, Bay of Bengal

THE 4,888-TEU NYK Delphinus was under way to the Port of Oakland after suffering an engine room fire on Friday off the coast of California, the US Coast Guard reported

17 May 2021 - 19:00
THE 4,888-TEU NYK Delphinus was under way to the Port of Oakland after suffering an engine room fire on Friday off the coast of California, the US Coast Guard reported.

The Liberian-flagged ship was located about 80 miles southwest of Big Sur. 'The NYK Delphinus crew reported a continuous decrease in the temperature of the engine room's surrounding bulkheads Sunday morning. No signs of smoke have been observed and all decks above the engine room are now accessible and have been fully ventilated,?? according to a US Coast Guard update.



The Delphinus contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders at 4:54am May 14, reporting an engine fire with 24 people on board 50 miles west off the coast of Monterey.



The update from the Coast Guard said the tugboat Delta Deanna began actively towing the Delphinus in a northerly direction at 10:55am on Saturday. At 2:55pm, the ships met the tugboat Scorpius to transfer two members to the Delphinus to survey the damage.



The Delta Deanna, along with the tugboats Sarah Avrick, Delta Lindsay, and Jamie Ann, are transiting the Delphinus to an offshore location west of Point Reyes. Upon arrival, additional fire and salvage teams are planning to embark on the Delphinus to conduct structural integrity inspections and examine damage to the engine room.



In other containership mishaps, the 2,500-TEU New Yorker was disabled by engine failure in the Dardenelles, while entering from the Marmara Sea on Sunday afternoon, reported Kiev's Maritime Bulletin.



The Panamanian-flagged ship was en route from Istanbul to Algeciras, understood after repairs and was expected to proceed to its destination after repairs.



In the Bay of Bengal, the 938-TEU Singaporean flagged Kota Rajin ran aground on the banks of Hoogly below Kolkata on May 14, while proceeding upstream to Kolkata.



Several tugs were dispatched to shift her reports Kiev's Maritime Bulletin, but were unable to shift her after a day. The Kota Rajin is managed by PIL of Singapore.


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