Marine Casualty Advisory – Collision at Gibraltar

Update Summary:

On August 29th, 2022, the Bulk Carrier OS 35 departed from the port of Gibraltar anchorage with a Pilot onboard, and at 1320UTC, it made contact on its starboard side with the bulbous bow of the LNG tanker Adam LNG.

The OS 35 reported taking in water and was directed by the Port of Gibraltar to intentionally beach on the Eastside, near the Catalan Bay, in 17m depth waters.

British Marine P&I Club, a subsidiary of QBE Europe SA/NV has appointed Resolve Marine Services (Gibraltar) Ltd as the salvors for the OS 35 vessel.

At the time of the grounding, the bulk carrier OS 35 had 215 tonnes of heavy fuel oil, 250 tonnes of diesel fuel and 27 tonnes of lube oil, which was removed from the aft tanks.

Divers’ inspection reportedly revealed a 10m by 4m gash on the side of the OS 35 and an indication of hull rupture. By construction, bulk carriers have fuel tanks in the forward part, complicating the fuel removal process.

Moreover, on Saturday, water ingress in the Engine Room compartment was reported.

High-Resolution imagery in Figure 1 analysed by Skytek, highlights an oil slick leaking from the vessel and oil booms in process of being re-arranged to contain the pollution.

The Tuvalu flag Bulk Carrier OS35 is priced by Skytek at an estimated market value of $12,76m and is expected to be written off as a total loss.

Skytek’s REACT intelligence platform lists the particulars of the ship involved in the incident:

Name

OS 35

Flag

Tuvalu

IMO number

9172399

P & I Club

British Marine

MMSI

572852210

Classification Society

Korean Register Of Shipping

Callsign

T2WU4

Group Owner

Oldstone Management Ltd

Ship type

Bulk Carrier

Ship Manager

Oldstone Management Ltd

Length

178m

Operator

Oldstone Management Ltd

Breadth

28m

Registered Owner

Oldstone Cargo Ltd

Draught

10.6 m (max 10.6)

Technical Manager

Oldstone Management Ltd

GT

20,947

Last Port

Sohar, Oman August 08th 2022

DWT

35,362

Destination

Vlissengen, Netherlands.

Date of Build

1999

Position

036°08’04.0”N 005°19’56.6”W

Table 1 – OS 35, vessel particulars table

Figure 1 - Catalan Bay overview showing oil slick from the grounded OS 35 on September 04th, @Planet Labs data.
Figure 2 - Detailed view showing oil slick from the grounded OS 35 on September 04th, @Planet Labs data.

Wednesday August 31st, 2022

Summary:

Two vessels have collided in the port of Gibraltar at 1320UTC on August 29th, 2022, the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Tanker Adam LNG and the Bulk Carrier OS35.

The estimated market value of the Marshal Islands LNG Tanker Adam LNG is placed by Skytek’s price modelling platform at $147,16m with a demolition value of $16,58, while the Tuvalu flag Bulk Carrier OS35 is priced at an estimated market value of $12,76m.

Skytek’s REACT intelligence platform lists the particulars of the ships involved in the incident:

Name

ADAM LNG

Flag

Marshall Islands

IMO number

9501186

P & I Club

North Of England

MMSI

538005753

Classification Society

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai

Callsign

V7gr3

Group Owner

Oman Shipping Co Saoc

Ship type

LNG Tanker

Ship Manager

Oman Ship Management Co Saoc

Length

289 m

Operator

Oman Shipping Co Saoc

Breadth

46m

Registered Owner

Adam Maritime Transportation

Draught

9.1 m (max. 12.5)

Technical Manager

Oman Ship Management Co Saoc

GT

105,975

Last Port

Marsaxlokk, August 26th 2022

DWT

90,986

Destination

Gibraltar August 29th 2022

Date of Build

2016

Position

036°06’30.7”N 005°21’35.0”W

Name

OS 35

Flag

Tuvalu

IMO number

9172399

P & I Club

British Marine

MMSI

572852210

Classification Society

Korean Register Of Shipping

Callsign

T2WU4

Group Owner

Oldstone Management Ltd

Ship type

Bulk Carrier

Ship Manager

Oldstone Management Ltd

Length

178m

Operator

Oldstone Management Ltd

Breadth

28m

Registered Owner

Oldstone Cargo Ltd

Draught

10.6 m (max 10.6)

Technical Manager

Oldstone Management Ltd

GT

20,947

Last Port

Sohar, Oman August 08th 2022

DWT

35,362

Destination

Vlissengen, Netherlands.

Date of Build

1999

Position

036°08’04.0”N 005°19’56.6”W

Voyage Summary:

The 2016 built LNG Tanker ADAM LNG sailed in ballast condition from the last port Marsaxlokk, Malta to an anchorage spot in Gibraltar, about 1 mile (Nm) West of the entrance (Europa Point), where it anchored on August 29th at 1216UTC.

The 1999 built Bulk carrier OS 35 departed fully laden from Sohar port, Oman on August 08th, to discharge in Vlissingen, Netherlands, but stopped at Gibraltar, probably to re-supply fuel.

Incident Summary:

While transiting the strait of Gibraltar, ships often stop for bunkering and taking fresh provisions adding to already congested traffic with vessels coming to anchor or drifting.

On the evening of August 29th, during the departure manoeuvre from the anchorage off Gibraltar Point, the Bulk Carrier OS35 clipped the anchored vessel ADAM LNG incurring significant damage on the port bow of OS35.

During the collision, the OS35 breached her hull and started taking in water; to minimise the risk of the vessel sinking in the deep waters of Gibraltar port, the Port Authority directed the ship to the east side of Gibraltar to be beached. Currently, the OS35 remains half sunk at about 200m east of Catalan Bay.

The Adam LNG has reportedly suffered minor damage to its bulbous bow, and the vessel manager confirmed that inspection is being undertaken to its bow and forepeak area.

The incident forced the port of Gibraltar to suspend traffic and stay closed for about 4 hours.

Figure 3 – React maps the sailing pattern of the two ships up to the collision, August 29th 2022.

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