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Tanker Detained In U.K.

An Italian classed oil tanker has reportedly been detained at the U.K. port of Felixstowe after an inspection found a number of defects, the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency said. The Panamanian-flagged 1972-built Alboran 1, a 3,764 gross ton tanker, was inspected after RINA, said it had withdrawn class and statutory certificates from the vessel, the Coastguard said. The U.K. inspectors confirmed RINA's decision to withdraw certificates due to numerous defects to equipment and machinery. The inspector said he had no choice but to detain the vessel which the Coastguard said was operated by Greece's Golden Carriers Shipping SA.


Man Earns Jail Time for Hoax Coast Guard Calls

A man found guilty of making numerous hoax calls to the U.K. Coastguard has been jailed for four months, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   Alasdair Munro, 55, from Kyleakin, Skye, denied all charges before Sheriff Scott at Portree Sheriff Court on August 27, 2015, but was found guilty of an offence contrary to the Communications Act 2003 section 127, according to the MCA.   Munro had reportedly called HM Coastguard several times on October 30, 2013


U.K. Coastguard Responds to Tug Fire

Yarmouth Coastguard received a radio call from the tug HT Blade, stating they had an engine fire with three crew on board. The Maritime Incident Response Group (MIRG) was activated and Coastguard Rescue teams from Lowestoft, Cromer and Felixstowe were tasked as well as requesting the launch of the Cromer lifeboat to the scene. A Rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham is transporting the MIRG crew and a cargo vessel 'RMS Riga' is offering assistance in the area.


EU NAVFOR, Seychelles CG Prevent Piracy

On October 10 two French fishing vessels in position approximately 160 nm North of Seychelles reported being under attack by pirate skiffs. The attacks were unsuccessful. EU NAVFOR reacted immediately and launched the Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Aircraft stationed at the Seychelles to investigate the area of the incident. The EU NAVFOR Force Headquarters onboard EU NAVFOR Netherlands warship EVERTSEN contacted the Seychelles Coastguard, who had a patrol vessel operating 50nm from the incident


Crew Winched to Safety Near Skegness

Two people have been winched to safety after their vessel suffered engine failure and began to take on water, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported.   The call came in as a Mayday to Humber Coastguard Operation Centre at 7:36 a.m. (BST) today from the Dolphin of Rhu, north of the windfarm between Skegness and the River Humber.   Calculating the boat’s position had to be done using VHF direction finding because there seemed to be no GPS and two lifeboats –


Fishing Crew Missing off Wales

The U.K. Coastguard is searching for the crew of a sunken fishing vessel near St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire.   The Coastguard said it received a 999 call from a member of the public just before 14:30, April 28, to say they could see a fishing vessel in difficulty near the rocks at St David’s Head.   The fishing vessel subsequently sank. It is unknown how many crew members were on board.   


MCA Reports Fatal Accident

On August 22, the Falmouth Coastguard received a call on channel 16 from a United Kingdom registered cable ship, Wave Sentinel, requesting medical assistance for a member of the crew in the engine room. The ship was approximately 12 miles off Lands End, Cornwall in the traffic separation scheme. Falmouth Coastguard scrambled a rescue helicopter to the scene with a doctor on board. Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager, Simon Rabett said:


CG Rescues Yacht Harassed by Whales

Brixham Coastguard recently received an emergency 999 call on a mobile phone from a lone yachtsman who had suffered engine failure, and was being harassed by a pod of whales. The yachtsman called Brixham Coastguard via his mobile telephone after suffering an engine and total power failure and being unsure of his position. His situation was further exacerbated by the fact his vessel was being harassed by a pod of whales.


Ship Towed After Engine Room Fire

On January 11, 2004, Falmouth Coastguard received a call from the master of the general cargo vessel SEA FOX, reporting that they had had a fire in the engine room and were disabled and drifting in the Lands End Traffic Separation Zone. For the safety of the crew and to guard against any threat of pollution if the vessel drifted ashore, Falmouth Coastguard instructed the Coastguard Emergency Towing Vessel “Anglian Princess” to take the SEA FOX under tow to the safety of Falmouth where the


Bus Hit by Wave, Fishermen Rescued in UK Storm

Sea storm wind-waves: Photo courtesy of NOAA

Ten people have been rescued after the bus they were travelling in was hit by a large wave on the seafront road at Newgale in Wales, and 6 from a disabled French commercial fishing vessel off the southwest of England coast in a 60 mph wind. Bus hit by wave Milford Haven Coastguard say they were contacted with reports that the bus was stuck on the seafront, having been hit by a large wave and was surrounded by water. The wind at the time was gusting over 50mph.


Malaviya Seven Detained in Aberdeen on Claims of 'Slavery'

Malaviya Seven. Photo by GOL Offshore

 The offshore supply ship, MV Malaviya Seven detained, at the Port of Aberdeen, UK, by the International Transport Federation [ITF] with the support of the Port State Control, MCA – was operating under what the shipping union, RMT


Vietnam Coastguard Plane Goes Missing

A Vietnamese coastguard plane, which was searching for a missing fighter jet and its pilot, disappeared off the radar on Thursday, state media and a military official said, the second such setback in three days.   The CASA C212 plane carrying nine people went missing off the northern


Moth Survey Prompts a UK Coastguard Search

 On Tuesday, June 21 at 4:30 a.m., a small local fishing vessel reported seeing a static white light 30 meters above the cliffs at Mull of Kintyre, Scotland.   Worried that there might be someone in trouble on the cliffs, the U.K


More than 2,000 Migrants Rescued at Sea -Italy Coastguard

File photo: Italian Navy

Ship crews pulled more than 2,000 migrants from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean on Friday, Italy's coastguard said, as people smugglers stepped up operations during two consecutive days of good weather.   More than 7,100 people have now been plucked from international waters since


New Vessel Registration System for the UK

Oceans HQ Director André Tanguy

Oceans HQ, a  provider of specialized software to the world’s Maritime Administrations, has signed an agreement to deliver a new digital Vessel Registration system to the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency.   The new digital platform forms a key component of the MCA’s


Overcrowded Migrant Boat Flips, Five Dead

A large wooden fishing boat overcrowded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, the Italian navy said on Wednesday, with some 562 people rescued and five found dead.   Photographs show the blue fishing boat rocking violently before capsizing, sending migrants tumbling into the sea


Migrant Boat Capsizes, Second in Two Days

A migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean on Thursday and about 100 of its passengers have been rescued while the number of dead is unknown, officials said.   It was the second shipwreck in two days as sea crossings accelerate amid good weather


Ferry Crew-member Missing off Pembroke Coast

 HM Coastguard is coordinating the search for a missing crew-member from a ferry, who it is believed may have gone overboard off the Pembroke coast.   The Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at St Athan has been searching the area for the missing man


EU Ships in Libyan Waters Would Undermine Tripoli Govt

The U.N.-backed government in Libya has not invited European ships into its territorial waters to help stop people smuggling because this could harm efforts to broaden support for the fledgling government, its envoy to Rome said on Tuesday.  


Nine Rescued from Yacht Fire near Shetland

Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

 A skipper and his crew have been rescued from a life raft after their yacht - The Miracle - caught fire off the coast of Shetland, Scotland.    According to a BBC report, nine people have been rescued after a yacht caught fire off Shetland


Greece Rescues Hundreds off Crete, Recovers Four Bodies

Hundreds of migrants were rescued from a sinking ship on Friday in a massive operation in the southern Mediterranean off the island of Crete, the Greek coastguard said, but four bodies were also recovered. Greek search and rescue teams were dispatched to the area


Toll from Crete Shipwreck Rises to 320

Some 320 migrants and refugees are now feared to have drowned in a shipwreck off the Greek island of Crete last week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday, citing survivors' testimony. The Greek coastguard said on Saturday that the migrants who survived had told


DNV GL to Class Gas Ready Stena RoPax Newbuilds

DNV GL has signed a contract to provide classification services for Stena Line’s new RoPax ferries, to be constructed at AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China, the classification society announced today at the Posidonia trade fair in Athens, Greece.  


Greece Searching for Migrant Boat off Crete

Greece ordered two ships on Monday to search for a vessel believed to be carrying about 200 migrants after it sent a distress signal off the island of Crete, the coastguard said. A Greek-flagged tanker and a Panama-flagged freighter in the area were heading to the location


Greece: Migrant Boat Sailing Safely Despite Distress Signal

A boat carrying about 200 migrants which had sent out a distress signal off Crete on Monday was spotted safe and sailing to Italy, the Greek coast guard said.   Greece had ordered a Greek-flagged tanker and a Panama-flagged freighter earlier on Monday to search for the 25-metre long fishing






 
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