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Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Vehicle Carrier Aground Off Ireland

The Panamanian-flagged vehicle carrier Asian Parade ran aground off the east coast of Ireland early on Thursday. Experts are conducting a salvage survey on the 21,421 dwt vessel which ran aground some six miles east of Greystones in County Wicklow, sources reveal.

Cargo Ship on the Beach – Crew Airlifted to Safety

'MV Carrier' remains aground on the coast of Wales after crew rescued by military helicopters The cargo ship ‘Carrier’, aground off  Raynes Jetty in Llanddulas remains hard aground in the same location with damage to its starboard side.  A quantity of marine gas oil has leaked from the vessel. The ‘Carrier’ has been holed in three places on the starboard side.  It’s reported that the port side, where the fuel tank is located, is intact. Officers from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Counter Pollution and Salvage branch are working with all agencies on plans to remove the fuel as soon as possible. The seven crewmembers were airlifted to safety from the stricken vessel by helicopter crews from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force

Freighter Into Bremen For Repairs

The Norwegian International Register freighter Lysfoss sailed from Belfast on May 20, bound for Bremen to carry out repairs, Reuters reported. The 3,728-dwt freighter was being escorted by a tug. Lysfoss sustained damage when it ran aground off the west of Scotland on May 7 carrying a small amount of hazardous waste plus 3,718 tons of paper and timber and was refloated on May 12. There were 30 tons of diesel oil and 130 tons of intermediate fuel oil on board when it ran aground.

Cruise Ship Runs Aground

The MS Mistral cruise ship carrying 1,139 passengers has run aground off the Caribbean island of Nevis. "The passengers are still aboard, and they are in good shape," a member of the Coast Guard for Saint Kitts and Nevis said, adding few other details were immediately unavailable. The 47,000-ton ship, built in 1999 and operated by Festival Cruises of Greece, caters to Europeans and regularly travels the Greek Islands and the Caribbean. The ship carries a crew of about 500. - (Reuters)

Passengers, Crew of Vessel Rescued

The Coast Guard has rescued the passengers and crewmen of a vessel that ran aground off the coast of an Iloilo town. Commander Harold Jarder, Coast Guard chief in Iloilo, said fast craft Weesam Express I got stuck in muddy shores shortly after it left the Bacolod Port due to strong winds and big waves. The Coast Guard would have transferred the 67 passengers and 17 crewmen to the BRP Edsa 2 but could not do so due to big waves. Two tugboats towed the vessel to the Dumangas Port. [Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net]

EU Calls For Single-Hull Phase Out

European Union governments on Monday called for single-hull oil tankers to be phased out as part of their response to the Erika oil spill disaster. The EU wants to ban single-hull vessels like the Erika which ran aground off the northern French coast in December 1999 spilling some 8,000 tons of fuel oil into the sea to be banned at the latest by 2012. Transport ministers from the 15 EU countries agreed their common stance on Monday morning, in time to influence negotiations on the controversial ships at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) this week.

Bulker Gets Bow Repairs In Toledo

The U.S.-flagged bulker J.A.W. Iglehart is tied up in front of the shipyard dry-docks in Toledo, Ohio, undergoing bow repairs caused by a recent grounding in Detroit. The 12,589 dwt bulker went aground off its dock at Detroit on April 18 and was subsequently refloated and moved to the Belle Isle anchorage. It then grounded for a second time on April 19 while heading to the Southdown Cement Dock. Tugs refloated the J.A.W. Iglehart on April 20 and its cargo was lightered to the cement carrier English River.

Damaged Merchant Ship Grounded off Mumbai

According to a report from India Today, Mumbai's iconic sea link has now turned into a 9,000-tonne headache for Mumbai. The merchant ship that ran aground off Mumbai's Juhu coast may be too damaged to be moved from its present location. The ship was headed for the Alang shipbreaking yard in Gujarat from Colombo.    Source: India Today    

Chief Officer Was Drunk When Ship Ran Aground

The Polish chief officer of a cargo vessel that ran aground off the coast of Scotland reportedly admitted that he was drunk at the time. Jerzy Pawluk pleaded guilty to being drunk in charge of the Bahamian-registered freighter Roustel and endangering the lives of his crew. Magistrates referred the matter to Newcastle Crown Court, saying that only a prison sentence would be appropriate. The offense - conduct endangering ships, structures or individuals - carries a jail term of up to two years and a fine. He was ordered held on bail. The Roustel ran aground in the early hours of Tuesday morning off the east coast of Scotland between Arbroath and Montrose. After being alerted by the crew, coastguards pulled the 892 gross ton vessel off the rocks. No injuries were reported.

Rough Seas Cause Italian Ferry To Run Aground Off Sicily

An Italian ferry ran aground in the Aeolian Islands off the north coast of Sicily on Sunday night in rough seas, coast guard officials said on Monday. All 164 people on board were rescued safely, although two people received light injuries and several others were treated for shock. The boat, a catamaran capable of carrying up to 300 passengers, set off from Naples on Sunday evening on its way to the Aeolian Islands, about 160 miles south. After dropping off passengers on Stromboli, the twin-hulled vessel set off for Panarea, another small island. But high seas and a force five gale blew it into rocky, shallow waters about a mile from Panarea, the coast guard said. The ferry hit up against the rocks, piercing the hull and causing the vessel to start sinking slowly.

Norwegian Tanker Runs Aground

A chemical tanker controlled by Norwegian shipowning firm Odfjell has run aground off Indonesia. Odfjell reported that its chemical tanker Bow Star ran aground after leaving the Indonesian port of Batam. There were no injuries and the vessel's double hull was believed capable of preventing any environmental damage. There was no cause given for the grounding. The 39,832-dwt Bow Star was built in 2004 at Poland's Szczecin shipyard. Odfjell said it has Norwegian officers on board and a Filipino crew. Source: Aftenposten

Container Vessel Runs Aground Off Australia

An Indian-registered container vessel has run aground west of Melbourne in stormy weather but there is no immediate risk of pollution, an Australian maritime official said. The 47,349 dwt Devprayag had been anchored off Portland harbor waiting to load woodchips. A spokesman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said tugs had been sent from Melbourne to refloat the ship. "The ship is sitting on sand, a beach area," the spokesman said. "There isn't any pollution that we're aware of, although we know the ship is carrying about 960 tons of fuel oil."

Gas Tanker Reportedly Aground off Nigeria

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker has run aground off Nigeria after taking on a cargo at the country's Bonny Island export plant, two trading sources said. The 165,000-cubic-metre-capacity Magellan Spirit tanker, owned by Teekay LNG Partners, ran aground trying to leave the port bound for South Korea, traders said. Teekay could not be reached for immediate comment. A trader said that the tanker is not expected to disrupt inbound or outbound tanker traffic from Bonny Island as it was not blocking the shipping channel. But it remains to be seen how the cargo's owner, trading house Vitol, will be affected. Traders said that Vitol might have to seek a replacement cargo on the open market. (Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic

Indian Coastguard Rescues Vessel Crew

The Indian Coastguard rescued and evacuated 25 crewmembers of a Panama merchant vessel near Porbandar. The crewmembers of M.V. Christena-II that had run aground off the Porbandar coast were evacuated on July 28, according to Indo-Asian News Service. The 492 ft.-vessel was laden with 180 tons of marine gas oil and 40 tons of high-speed diesel. It ran aground after main engine failure following rough weather in the Gujarat coast. The Maritime Rescue Coordination Center, Mumbai, and the Maritime Rescue Sub Center, Porbandar, picked up distress signals from the Panamanian vessel. The Porbandar authorities were alerted and a coastguard team brought the crewmembers to the shore. The crew was then handed over to the police for further investigation. (Source: Indo-Asian News Service)

EMSA Assists in Spanish Oil Recovery Operations

Due to the heavy weather in the area, the bulk carrier Fedra sustained engine failure, dragged anchor and ran aground off Europa Point, , following which it lodged against a cliff and subsequently broke up. Several hours later, the bulk carrier Tawe ran aground near the . Both vessels have limited quantities of bunker fuel on board, and the leakage of oil is putting the environment in the vicinity of the vessels under threat. Since Sunday Oct 12, the EMSA vessel Bahia Tres has been involved in locating oil slicks with its onboard oil slick detection system and, more importantly, has been recovering patches of oil and smaller slicks where ever possible.

Passenger Vessel Runs Aground in Aegean Sea

Flying Cat. Pic taken from Youtube video.

A passenger vessel (Flying Cat) with a total of 253 persons on board was safely evacuated on Sunday after running aground off Tinos island in the Aegean Sea, Xinhua reported quoting the Greek Coast Guard. No injuries or severe damage have been reported while an evacuation operation is underway. Shipping boats and speedboats have reached the area to help evacuate the ship, while a tug boat was on the way, local officials said. The Flying Cat 4 with 239 passengers and 14 crew members…

Grounded MSC Napoli to be Refloated

According to reports, work will begin on Monday to refloat the container vessel MSC Napoli six months after it ran aground off the Devon coast, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said. Engineers will aim to pump out 58,000 tons of water during the next three days in an attempt to prevent it breaking up and damaging the environment. A barge with winches and cranes, along with tugs and an anti-pollution vessel are at sea to help in the operation. More than two thousand containers and 3,000 tons of fuel oil have already been removed from the vessel which was deliberately beached off Branscome in January to prevent it sinking after being holed during storms. About 200 containers fell off and some reached the shore, sparking a looting spree.

Ship Grounded off Norfolk Coast

A rescue operation has been launched after a large container ship ran aground off Haisboro Sands. The vessel, The City of Sunderland, is carrying a cargo of 642 Nissan cars and is currently lying on a sand bar eight miles off the north Norfolk coast. There are 13 crew members on board. The 9,576 ton ship became stuck at approximately 2.20am this morning while on a voyage from the port of Zeebrugge to Tees Port. Two tugs are now on their way up from Felixstowe and it is hoped that the Isle of Man registered vessel can be refloated. As yet it is unclear how the ship came to be grounded but the coastguard say the crew are not in danger. Source: EDP24

Cypriot-flagged freighter Aground off Aegean Island

Greek authorities have rescued 11 crew members of a Cypriot-flagged freighter which ran aground off a Greek Aegean island early on Wednesday, the Greek coastguard said on Wednesday. The "Goodfaith" cargo ship, which was sailing empty from the port of Elefsina - close to Athens - to Odessa, Ukraine, was driven ashore off the island of Andros and sent a distress signal in the early morning hours. The captain said water was flowing into the ship. Some 11 of the 22 crew members were rescued by helicopters which rushed to the scene, while the rest were still aboard the freighter, a Greek coastguard official who declined to be named said. Three tug ships were also expected in the area - which is being hit by strong winds - later on Wednesday to assist the rescue efforts, the official said.

Stranded Greek Bulk Carrier Refloated

Photo credit: Fairmount

The Greek owned bulk carrier, Akiba, which was recently grounded off the coast of Maputo, Mozambique, has been successfully refloated. The tug Fairmount Glacier was mobilised from Cape Town under a salvage operation conducted by Greek company Five Oceans Salvage under a Lloyd’s Open Form. Upon arrival at the site, the salvage plan was discussed between the masters of Fairmount Glacier and Akiba, along with the salvage master. On the second attempt, the 190m Akiba was refloated sucessfully and towed by Fairmount Glacier to a safe anchor position where the vessel could be examined for damage.

Update: Salvors to Board Grounded Transocean Winner

Final preparations are being made to put a small team of salvors on board the grounded semi-submersible oil rig Transocean Winner off the Isle of Lewis this afternoon. The rig broke free from a tow line in severe weather Monday and ran aground off the western isles of Scotland. Salvors are conducting an initial assessment of the rig as part of the ongoing operation to remove it. "Weather permitting, it’s then intended to put a second larger group of salvors on tomorrow to carry out a more detailed inspection." Shaw said. Three vessels including the ETV Herakles remain on scene. A temporary exclusion zone of 300 meters has been implemented around the rig.

OSV Runs Aground in US Gulf

U.S. Coast Guard photo

An offshore supply vessel has run aground off the west Cameron Jetties in Louisiana, Wednesday morning. There were no injuries to the four passengers and three crew aboard the vessel, and no pollution was reported. The 120-foot offshore supply vessel Miss Lynda was carrying construction cargo and had 4,300 gallons of fuel and 100 gallons of oil products aboard at the time of the incident. The four passengers were transited off of the ship by the utility ship Sally D, while the three crew members remained on the Miss Lynda. U.S.

Carnival Cruise Ship Briefly Arrested in Lawsuit Case

U.S. marshals briefly seized 'Carnival Triumph' in Galveston in $10 million legal dispute over Consta Concordia disaster victim's claim. The Carnival Triumph was seized for several hours at its port in Galveston, where it was scheduled to leave with 2,700 passengers. Both sides said they reached a confidential deal that released the ship in time to leave for its five-day cruise to Mexico, according to 'The Washington Post'. An arrest warrant was issued  for the MS Carnival Triumph, the 2,758-passenger cruise liner based in Galveston, owned by the same company that owns the Costa Concordia, the  cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of central Italy in January killing some 30 people. U.S.

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