Marine Casualty Advisory – Grounding in the Bosporus Strait

Summary:

As of September 01st, 64 ships took part in grain exports from Ukraine under the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Skytek notes that these ships have an average age of 18 years, many without a P&I insurance cover and with a low estimated market value. Idle time alongside terminals in Ukrainian ports for more than 7 months now and lack of crew on some ships where Owners have extracted the crews are risk factors building up on the vessels’ profile.

Skytek’s REACT captures Lady Zehma, a vessel with an elevated safety risk profile sailing from Ukraine and running aground in the Bosporus strait.

Skytek price modelling platform estimates for this vessel a market price of $12.5m and a scrap price of $4.4m, and below lists the particulars of the ship involved in the grounding incident:

Name

Lady Zehma

Flag

Panama

IMO number

9303431

P & I Club

London P&I Club

MMSI

352001774

Classification Society

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai

Callsign

3E2607

Group Owner

Stam Shipping Sa

Ship type

Open Hatch Cargo Ship

Ship Manager

Stam Shipping Sa

Length

173m

Operator

Oldendorff Carriers Gmbh Co

Breadth

29m

Registered Owner

Acer Marine Inc

Draught

10.3 m (max. 9.6)

Technical Manager

Stam Shipping Sa

GT

20,283

Last Port

Chornomorsk, Ukraine, August 30th 2022 04:01

DWT

32,328

Destination

Ravena, Italy

Date of Build

2005

Position

40.98947°N 028.96363°E

Voyage Summary:

The 2005 built Cargo Ship Lady Zehma sailed from Chornomorsk, Ukraine at 07:01 LT (UTC +3) on August 30th, carrying a cargo of corn for Ravena, Italy.

Incident Summary:

While transiting the Bosporus Strait with a pilot onboard, in the Bebek region, abeam of the Kandilli Burnu Lighthouse, the vessel reported a rudder failure around on September 01st at 1800 UTC and ran aground in the Bebek Bay at 1804 UTC, obstructing the traffic through the Bosporus Strait for several hours.

Turkey Directorate General of Coastal Safety sent several tugs: Kurtarma 6, Kurtarma 9 and Kurtarma 12, supervised by the Search and Rescue (SAR) ships Nene Hatun 12, Kiyi Emniyeti 4, Kiyi Emniyeti, Kiyi Emniyeti 5 and Law Enforcement Vessel TCSG 303, to assist the grounded Lady Zehma and, at around 21:52 UTC the vessel was refloated and safely towed to Ahirkapi anchorage, south of the Bosporus strait, where it underwent an underwater inspection to check its hull integrity.

Figure 1 – REACT maps the sailing pattern of the Lady Zehma through Bosporus Strait, September 01st 2022.

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