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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 The Panamanian-flagged 1972-built Alboran 1, a 3,764 gross ton tanker, was inspected after RINA, said it had withdrawn class and statutory certificates from the vessel, the Coastguard said.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.


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


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.


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


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 –


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


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.


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.


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.   


N.Korean Ship Sinks off Japan, Crew Rescued

A North Korean cargo vessel carrying rice sank off the west coast of Japan's westernmost major island of Kyushu on Thursday after springing a leak, but all 26 crew members were rescued without sustaining injuries, Japan's coastguard said.   It has not been decided how to send the crew, all of them North Koreans, to their home country, a coastguard official said, adding that they were in good condition.  


Three Dead, Thousands Rescued in Seas Off Libya

Three migrants died in the Mediterranean on Monday night, a German aid group said, during Italian-led rescue operations in which thousands more were pulled to safety from rickety boats. About 5,000 migrants were picked up off the Libyan coast by emergency services, Italy's navy


Ships Collide in the Dover Strait

The UK Coastguard report that a bulk carrier and an oil tanker collided in the Dover Strait. Although both vessels have been damaged, there is no water ingress and no pollution. A French tug is on scene with the vessels. There are no injuries and all of the crew are accounted for. 


UK Ship Register Modernization Begins

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is modernising the way the UK Ship Register operates and a number of new initiatives are in the works that could help the red ensign become more commercial and internationally competitive, says a report from UK Chamber of Shipping.


Libya Coastguard Rescues Nearly 300 Migrants at Sea

Libya's coastguard rescued an estimated 278 migrants including women and children on Monday off the shores of two different towns west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman said. The coastal towns to the west of Tripoli - Zawiya, Sabratha, and Zuwarah - are common departure points for migrants


Fire Breaks Out Aboard US Car Carrier

A fire has broken out out aboard the U.S. car carrier Honor in the English Channel while the vessel was en route to Baltimore from Southampton on February 24.   “The 21 crew are still on board the vessel and they are safe and well,” said Andy Jenkins, Commander for the U.K


Crew 'Safe & Well' After Ship Fire

Image: TOTE Services

 A Fire and Rescue Marine Response team was airlifted on board of the US car carrier, MV Honor, which caught fire in the English Channel after leaving Southampton headed for the USA at about 3.45am on Friday.  The American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Shipping (ARC) vehicle carrier was en


Martek Named on EU Maritime Drone Contract

Photo: Martek

Martek Marine (Martek) has been awarded a two-year Remotely Piloted Aircraft Services (RPAS) contract from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The services offered will fulfil part of the world’s largest ever maritime drone contract.  


Libya Coastguard Clashes With Suspected Smugglers, Four Killed

Four suspected migrant smugglers were killed in an exchange of fire with the Libyan coastguard off western Libya on Thursday, spokesman Ayoub Qassem said. Qassem said the clash started when the coastguards tried to apprehend heavily armed gunmen whose boat was located near a migrant vessel


China Asserts Its Power at Strategic Shoal

Far out in the South China Sea, where dark blue meets bright turquoise, a miles-long row of fishing boats anchor near Scarborough Shoal, backed by a small armada of coastguard projecting China's power in Asia's most disputed waters.  


Eight Dead as Migrant Boat Sinks off Greece's Lesbos

At least eight people, including a child, drowned when an inflatable boat carrying refugees and migrants sank off Greece's Lesbos island, the Greek coastguard said on Monday.   The United Nation refugee agency UNHCR said the number of dead was at least 12


Sembcorp, Coldharbour Sign BWTS Deal

Coldharbour Inert Gas Generator (Photo: Coldharbour)

Coldharbour Marine, developer of an in-tank, in-voyage and inert gas-based ballast water treatment system for large tankers, bulkers and LNG vessels, has signed an agreement with Sembcorp Marine that will see the latter offer the Coldharbour GLD BWT as part of the Sembcorp Marine Green Technology


Pacific’s Wild Weather Challanges in Search

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The Pacific’s wild weather and vast distances make it a challenging location for search and rescue, said Keith Manch, Director Maritime New Zealand, in his opening address at the Pacific Regional Search and Rescue workshop in Auckland, New Zealand (22-26 May).   


SKF Extends Monitoring Platform for Ship Emission

Photographer: SKF

 SKF has extended its BlueMon environmental monitoring and mapping system to meet the maritime emission requirements of MARPOL 73/78 Annex VI.    As the number of Emission Control Areas (ECAs) grows, and limits become stricter


An Hour Passed before Japan Authorities were Notified of Fitzgerald Collision

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returns to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following a collision with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Peter Burghart)

Nearly an hour elapsed before a Philippine-flagged container ship reported a collision with a U.S. warship, the Japanese coastguard said on Monday, as investigations began into the accident in which seven U.S. sailors were killed.   The U.S


One Missing from Sunken Oil Tanker off Yemen

One mariner remains missing after 13 of 14 crewmembers were recovered from the sea following the sinking of their oil tanker in severe weather conditions 240 miles off the coast of Yemen.   At around 4:30 a.m. June 26, the U.K. Coastguard received a Mayday distress call issued by a






 
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