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Italy Rescues 1,500 Migrants in Just 24 Hours

Italian navy and coast guard ships rescued around 1,500 migrants aboard five boats in the southern Mediterranean in less than 24 hours, officials said on Sunday. All of the migrants were rescued on Saturday by two coast guard ships and one navy ship in five separate operations, the coast guard said in a statement. Three of the migrants' boats were in difficulty and sent rescue requests via satellite phones while they were off the coast of Libya. The Italian vessels spotted the other two while heading for the others. The migrants were all transboarded onto the Italian ships and were being taken to either the island of Lampedusa or ports in Sicily, the statement said. About 170,000 migrants entered the European Union through Italy last year by way of the dangerous sea crossing organised by human traffickers, most departing from Libya. More than 3,000 perished. During the first two months of this year, arrivals were up 43 percent versus the same period of 2014, officials have said. Reporting By Philip Pullella


USNS Ship Rescues Nine in Gulf of Oman

USNS Richard E. Byrd: Rendering courtesy of MSC

'USNS Richard E. Byrd' (T-AKE 4), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, rescued 9 crew members from a Yemeni-flagged cargo vessel 'Asaed' that had lost power, was taking in water and was adrift in the Gulf of Oman, according to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs. The crew from Asaed requested assistance and Byrd was the first ship on scene. The crew of the Yemini vessel abandoned in their ship's lifeboat and maneuvered to the military ship, where they were safely recovered


British Forces Assist Stricken Cruise Liner

Military assets deployed in support of Falkland Island government in cruise ship rescue. In support of the Falkland Island Government, British forces based in the Falkland Islands yesterday responded to a distress call by the 10,000 tonne cruise ship ‘Le Boreal’. The ship reported suffering a major engine room fire, which caused the loss of all power and left the ship drifting. A north-westerly gale placed the ship in real danger of grounding on Cape Dolphin, East Falkland.


Irish Naval Ship Rescues 423 People

Photo: Irish Defence Forces

 The Irish naval vessel LÉ James Joyce rescued 423 migrants from 18 separate vessels on Saturday during a search and rescue operation 40 nautical miles northwest of Tripoli, Libya.   The Irish Naval Service described the operation as complex. The rescue operation lasted over five hours. The rescued migrants were given water and medical treatment.   LÉ James Joyce participated in the rescue mission on foot of a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue


Cruise Ship Rescues Sailboat Crew

Photo credit Wikipedia

Norewegian Cruise Line's 'Norwegian Star' rescues crew of sailing yacht NW of Bermuda in a USCG coordinated AVMER operation Coast Guard watchstanders received notification from crew aboard the sailing vessel Avenir that they were disabled, adrift and had crewmembers needing medevacs, adding that they had lost their rudder and two of the six crewmembers showed symptoms of dehydration and seasickness. The Coast Guard sent out an enhanced group call and used AMVER


Humanitarian Ships Rescue Hundreds in Mediterranean

Humanitarian groups operating rescue ships off the coast of Libya picked up more than 700 migrants out of seven flimsy and overcrowded boats on Wednesday, Italy's coast guard said.   The Phoenix rescue ship, operated by the Malta-based non-governmental organisation MOAS, rescued more than 300 people from three boats in international waters off the coast of the Libyan city of Sabratha.   The Aquarius, operated by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders


Exceptional Bravery at Sea: IMO 2013 Awards

The 2013 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea will be awarded to two rescue swimmers from the United States of America, for saving the lives of 14 crew members from the tall ship HMS Bounty, and, posthumously, to a seafarer from China who died trying to save the life of a ferry passenger. The IMO Council, meeting for its 110th session in London, decided that the 2013 award will go to Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Randy J


Cal Maritime Training Ship Rescues Two

An Emergency Rescue Boat from the Cal Maritime training ship Golden Bear tows a stranded 17-ft. skiff back to the ship.  Golden Bear Chief Mate Bill Schmid (white helmet) and assistants (yellow helmets) assisted ship deck crew in lifting the stricken skiff aboard the ship along with the rescued fishermen for transport to San Francisco.  The Golden Bear diverted course on its final leg home from three-and-a-half months of training cruises to locate and rescue the fishermen after their outboard en

The ’s 500-ft. training ship Golden Bear rescued two fishermen Sunday evening, August 17th, approximately 80 miles off the .  The two men departed the area earlier that day in an open 17-ft. skiff, equipped with a single outboard engine. They told authorities they were heading for offshore fishing grounds when their engine seized up.  They then radioed for help to the U.S. Coast Guard in . The Golden Bear was approximately 50 miles away at the time


Matson Ship Rescues 3 From Hurricane Stricken Sailboat

Sailboat Walkabout: Photo credit USCG

A container ship's crew rescued three people on Monday from their disabled sailboat after it took on water when it got caught in Hurricane Julio and encountered 30-foot waves hundreds of miles from Hawaii, a U.S. Coast Guard official said. The crew of the cargo vessel Manukai brought the three people from the 42-foot sailboat on board shortly before 8 a.m. local time after previous attempts to rescue them failed because of rough weather, U.S


Shipoweners Warned to be Prepared for Migrant Rescues

The North P&I club has warned its shipowner members of the need to be properly prepared to meet their moral and legal obligations to rescue migrants at sea. In a new loss prevention briefing published today, North suggests some of the rescue practices and procedures that merchant ships should ideally have in place given the increasing risk of being called upon to rescue large numbers of people. The reminder comes in the wake of the tragic deaths of around 800 people in the Mediterranean


Russian Intelligence Ship Sinks, All 78 Crew Rescued

A Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock and all 78 personnel on board the navy ship were evacuated, Turkish officials said.   The rescued crew members of the Russian ship Liman were in good health after


Russian Ship Sinks after Collision, All Personnel Safe

A Russian ship which collided on Thursday with a Togo-flagged livestock vessel has sunk, Turkey's coastal safety authority said. It said all 78 personnel had been evacuated from the ship.   The ship, identified as the "Liman", collided with the Togo-flagged "Youzarsif H"


Life Sentence for USS Ashland Attacker

Suspected pirates skiff burns after being burnt near the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland in 2010. (U.S. Navy photo/ Harry J. Storms)

A 31-year-old Somali man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for engaging in piracy and other offenses in connection with an attack on a U.S. Navy ship seven years ago, the U.S. Justice Department said. Mohamed Farah, 31, of Somalia was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for his


Coast Guard Concludes Response to Bulker Casualty

The Coast Guard has concluded its response to a deadly blast on board a bulk ship in the Atlantic Ocean. IMAGE: U.S. Coast Guard

The two surviving crewmembers of the bulk-carrier Tamar explosion were medevaced at approximately 4:30 a.m., by a Portuguese aircrew along with three New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing pararescuers to continue medical care.    


[Update] Two Dead in Bulk Carrier Explosion

At approximately 7:45 p.m., Monday, the captain of the bulk carrier Tamar reported that a second crewmember was killed from an onboard explosion.   The New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing pararescuers arrived on board the Tamar at about 9:30 p.m


Fatal Bulk Carrier Explosion off Cape Cod

An explosion aboard Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Tamar has killed one crewmember and left three others severely injured roughly 1,300 miles offshore Cape Cod, Mass.   At approximately 7 a.m., Tamar’s captain contacted watchstanders at the U.S


Eleven Missing after Bulker Sinks off Crimean Coast

A cargo ship heading from Russia to Turkey sunk off the coast of Crimea early on Wednesday morning and 11 of the crew are missing, Crimea's emergency situations ministry said.   It said that the Panama-flagged vessel 'Geroi Arsenala' had sent an SOS signal when it was located 14 nautical


Ballarat Exercises with PLA-N

Royal Australian Navys HMAS Ballarat and Chinese Peoples Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) Jiangkai II class frigate Huangshan, conduct exercises on completion of HMAS Ballarats port visit to Zhanjiang, China. Photo:  Royal Australian Navy

 HMAS Ballarat has taken part in a range of maritime exercises with People’s Liberation Army – Navy vessel Huangshan following a successful visit to the People’s Republic of China.   Conducted after Ballarat departed Zhanjiang port


Caspian Sea States Cooperate on Pollution Response

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined countries and stakeholders concerned with protecting the Caspian Sea from oil pollution at a regional meeting in Bandar-e Anzali, Islamic Republic of Iran (16-20 April).  


Nearly 9,000 Med Migrants Rescued over Weekend

Nearly 9,000 mainly African migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean this past long weekend after being put by smugglers in Libya onto unseaworthy boats heading toward Italy, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday.   The migrants, many from Nigeria and Senegal with some from Bangladesh


China Hands Over Third Patrol Ship to Pakistan

Pic: Mercantile Marine Department,  Ministry of Ports and Shipping

 China has handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, PTI reported.   The new ship, just the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd


Fire Hit MSC Daniela Docked at Colombo

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 MSC Daniela is docked at Colombo port, Colombo International Container Terminal, ten days after a blaze broke out in the aft section of the 13,800 teu, local media reported. No further information was provided.   Earlier, Ceylon Today reported that  the Maritime Rescue


Warship Open Day in Cairns

HMAS Parramatta fires its 5 inch gun onto Lancelin Range as part of a naval gunfire support serial during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The people of Cairns will have a rare opportunity to tour HMAS Parramatta comes alongside Trinity Wharf and opens its gangway to the public on Monday, 17 April, says a press release of Royal Australian Navy.   One of the sailors who will be on board to show people around is former


Somali Forces Clash With Pirates, Free Indian Ship Crew

Somali security forces clashed with pirates early on Wednesday and freed nine seamen kidnapped on an Indian cargo ship this month, officials said. The pirates seized the dhow Al Kausar off Somalia's coast, part of a surge of attacks after years without a reported incident.


Somali Security Captures 10 Pirates

file Image: (CREDIT / EUNavfor)

Somali forces who have surrounded pirates holding hostages taken from an Indian ship secured the surrender of 10 members of the band on Tuesday and enlisted the parents of the other three to persuade them to give up, officials said.  






 
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