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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Salvagers Recover Two Bodies from Burning Tanker Sanchi

(Photo: China's Transport Ministry)

A Chinese salvage team recovered two bodies on Saturday from a stricken Iranian oil tanker, that was still blazing a week after it caught fire and was left adrift following a collision in the East China Sea, state news agency Xinhua reported. The four members of the salvage team wore respirators to board the “Sanchi”, where they found the two bodies on the deck. They tried to get to the living quarters but were driven back by temperatures on the burning ship of around 89 Celsius (192 Fahrenheit), Xinhua said.

Slovakian Ship Catches Fire

Focus reported that a Slovakian ship, which caught fire near Russe, is in flames, the Regional Interior Ministry’s Department reported. Director of the Fire and Emergency Safety Service was headed for the site. The ship, which was transporting grain, was travelling in Romanian territorial waters when it caught fire. The Slokian Polana Ship sailed in the direction opposite to the course of the Danube River. The fire broke out in the engine room of the ship. There were about 40-50 tons of fuel onboard the ship, the Maritime Administration said. There is no leakage of fuel.

USCG Responds to Vessel Fire

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported it is responding to a report of a vessel that caught fire and became disabled with two men and a dog aboard south of the McCormick Bridge in the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Thursday. A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Mayport, Fla., is currently on scene with the vessel, the fire is extinguished and there are no injuries reported, the USCG said. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department notified watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center of the situation at 7:54 a.m. The men were reportedly transiting from Palm Cove Marina in Jacksonville aboard the 33-foot sport fisher Day Tripper when the boat caught fire.

Norwegian Ferry Insured For $66M

Prinsesse Ragnhild, the Norwegian ferry which caught fire off Sweden, was reportedly insured for a total value of $65.80 million.

Coast Guard Responds to Barge Fire

According to reports, A cargo van whose contents caught fire on a barge was still billowing smoke as the vessel was being towed to Juneau from Frederick Sound. Officials said the fire broke out in the van, which was full of solid waste being shipped on an Alaska Marine Lines barge from Sitka to the disposal site in Washington state. A firefighting tug from Petersburg and a Coast Guard cutter hosed the blaze through the night. The firefighting tug continued to spray water on the fire Tuesday morning alongside the loaded barge, the Daily Sitka Sentinel. Coast Guard Lt. Mara Booth-Miller said the AML tug and barge were diverted to Juneau. Nine containers of the 94 aboard the barge Baranof Provider caught fire while under tow by the AML tug Western Mariner, she said.

Giant Hanjin Boxship Catches Fire in Suez

Hanjin Green Earth:  Hanjin Shipping

Suez Canal Authority said it controlled a blaze in a British container ship passing the waterway Friday, leaving no human losses. An ultra-large container ship owned by Hanjin Shipping caught fire while underway just south of the Suez Canal on 1 May. The Suez Canal Authority said that the 2013-built 13,000-teu Hanjin Green Earth was 48 km to the south of the canal when some containers caught fire. The fire broke out in a stack of containers towards the stern while the vessel was underway 48 km to the south of the canal on Friday evening.

Tanker Crewmembers Still Missing

According to the Philippines-based Inquirer, six crewmembers of a tanker that caught fire last Friday have yet to be found as of Sunday, according to the Philippine Coast Guard. The motor tanker Tambora has also yet to be retrieved after being spotted off Limay, Bataan from the air by a Coast Guard helicopter crew on Friday afternoon, according to a Coast Guard report. The missing crewmembers were identified as Paquito Abon, Joe Familiara, Ferdie Manjares, Fernando Gonzalez, Alberto Monsall and Sixto Saistres. The Tambora was reported to have caught fire on Dec. 23 en route to Lubang from Manila. A Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted the vessel drifting off Limay, Bataan later that day.

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. Coastguards were alerted to the incident, about 50 miles south west of Shetland, at about 09:20. Dramatic video footage, filmed from a coastguard helicopter, showed the blaze taking hold on board the stricken boat. But appropriately, given the name of their ship, the sailors miraculously emerged unscathed from the inferno.

Grounded RoRo Catches Fire

The RoRo, Hual Europe, rolled over yesterday and split into two parts as it caught fire in Asian waters. The Marine Disaster Prevention Center is currently working to extinguish fire and limit any further environmental damage. According to reports, it has already spilled 106,000 gallons of oil. On October 1, the Ro/Ro Hual Europe grounded in a typhoon on the island of Oshimain Japan. Unable to salvage the vessel and its cargo, it was declared a total loss. The P&I Club has entered into negotiations for a contract to remove the wreck.

This Day in Coast Guard History – Dec. 29

1897-Congress prohibited the killing of fur seals in the waters of the North Pacific Ocean. 1903-An Executive Order extended the jurisdiction of the Lighthouse Service to Guantanamo, Cuba. 1999- The 578-foot cargo vessel Violetta caught fire in the Houston ship channel.  Twenty-three of her crew were rescued.  The CGC Point Spencer spent several days fighting the fire on board the vessel. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – December 29

1897-Congress prohibited the killing of fur seals in the waters of the North Pacific Ocean. 1903-An Executive Order extended the jurisdiction of the Lighthouse Service to Guantanamo, Cuba. 1999- The 578-foot cargo vessel Violetta caught fire in the Houston ship channel.  Twenty-three of her crew were rescued.  The CGC Point Spencer spent several days fighting the fire on board the vessel. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)  

Two Missing after Barge Catches Fire in Texas

Two crew members were missing after a barge carrying about 140,000 barrels of crude oil to a refinery caught fire early on Friday in the Aransas Pass Anchorage in Texas, according to a report on the Corpus Christi Caller Times news website. Six other members of the crew were accounted for, the report said. The U.S. Coast Guard was responding to the fire two miles off of Texas's San Jose Island, the report said, and a safety zone was set up around the barge to keep out incoming traffic.     Reporting by Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru

Coast Guard to Investigate Ferry Fire

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Juneau received notification of a fire onboard the Alaska state ferry Columbia. Personnel from the MSO will investigate the fire when the Columbia docks in Ketchikan today. The Columbia was underway in Scow Bay near the Wrangell Narrows when the number two generator caught fire at about 1:45 a.m. The other generators went down and the emergency generator automatically turned on. The crew and 165 passengers were mustered. There were no injuries. The ship’s fire team extinguished the fire and set a fire reflash watch. The crew turned the number one and three generators back on and resumed their voyage to Ketchikan. The ship is designed to need only two of the three generators to operate normally. The Columbia is expected to arrive at 11:30 a.m.

Dispute Arises Over Fate Of Sunken Cruise Ship

Maritime authorities and insurers are reported to be at odds regarding the removal of the Sun Vista, the luxury cruise liner that caught fire and sank off the Malaysian last week. Apparently, Malaysian maritime leaders are demanding that Sun Cruises remove the sunken from the Strait of Malacca, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. Insurers claim the ship is outside Malaysia's jurisdiction -- in international waters --and poses no hazard.

Cruise Liner Collides With Cargo Ship

Three passengers were injured when Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dream collided with a cargo ship in the English Channel early this morning. Officials said the container ship, the Ever Decent, caught fire after the collision. Both ships were badly damaged. A Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson said that the Norwegian Dream's next cruise had been cancelled, and that the ship will be repaired.

Fire-Damaged Cruise Ship Leaves San Diego

According to a Jan. 21 report from the Associated Press, Carnival Cruise Line’s vessel Splendor, which was towed to San Diego after catching fire in November is now headed under its own power to San Francisco for further repairs. The vessel is scheduled to accept passengers for a trip by Feb. 20. (The Associated Press)

Tanker Explodes on Canal in NW Germany

According to a report from HardEx.com, a tanker caught fire while being loaded with highly flammable fuel on a German canal in the town of Lingen an der Ems, in the northwestern state of Lower Saxony. A series of massive explosions rocked the ship near a BP oil refinery on the Dortmund-Ems canal where the ship was being loaded and a significant amount of fuel leaked out. (Source: Hardex.com)

Somali Pirates Rescue Crew as Ship Burns

According to a report from Voice of America, Somali pirates said they have evacuated 19 crew members from the hijacked ship, Panama-flagged cargo carrier MV Orna,  that caught fire on June 15. The ship's crew remains held by the pirates.   Source: Voice of America    

Russian Atomic Submarine Catches Fire in Shipyard

A nuclear submarine caught fire in a shipyard in Russia's northern province of Arkhangelsk on Tuesday but there were no weapons on board, Russian news agencies reported. The Emergencies Ministry declined comment on the reports of the fire at the Zvyozdochka shipyard, where the agencies said the 155-metre-long (just over 500 feet) 949 Antei submarine was being repaired. There was no word of any casualties. "There is a fire on the submarine. We are fighting the fire now," a shipyard source told Interfax news agency. RIA quoted a spokesperson at the shipyard as saying there were no weapons on board the submarine. A source told TASS news agency the submarine's nuclear reactor had been shut down prior to the blaze.

NTSB Investigates Gasline Explosion

A tugboat and barge caught on fire here Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, after reportedly striking a natural gas pipeline. Photograph courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of five investigators to the scene of a fire involving a towboat with two barges and a natural gas pipeline in West Cote Blanche Bay near Morgan City, LA. The accident occurred on October 12, when a piling dropped from one of the barges and struck a submerged high-pressure gas line, causing the line to rupture and catch fire. Preliminary information is that three people were killed and three are missing. This will be a joint investigation with the U.S. Coast Guard. The NTSB Investigator-in-Charge is Morgan Turrell.

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 route to Baltimore, in the state of Maryland, USA from Southampton. 21 crew are on board. The vessel caught fire on cargo deck shortly after leaving Southampton in UK on 50 nautical miles northwest of Cherbourg. The UK Coastguard was contacted at 0345, and is now coordinating the incident.

Casino Boat Catches Fire off Florida Coast, 15 Injured

Photo: New Port Richey PD

At least 15 people were injured when a fire engulfed a boat off the coast of Florida on Sunday, causing the 50 people aboard to jump into the Gulf of Mexico and swim to shore, local officials said. A preliminary investigation showed the fire broke out at about 4:17 p.m. EST from an apparent engine issue, said Shawn Whited, division chief with Pasco Fire Rescue. “The captain of the boat said there was an issue with the engine. He said he noticed smoke coming form the engine room and turned the boat around,” Whited said.

Freight Train Derails, Sparks Fire in Pennsylvania

A freight train on a CSX Corp line derailed in southern Pennsylvania on Wednesday, the company said, and local authorities said a freight car struck a garage which caught fire and they ordered the evacuation of nearby residents. No injuries were reported after the derailment in Hyndman, about 100 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The company said trains and shipments would be delayed between Connellsville, Pennsylvania, and Cumberland, Maryland. Harry Corley, an emergency management coordinator for Bedford County, said six cars derailed, crashing into a local garage that caught fire, and was still burning. Corley said he did not know what the train was carrying. A U.S. government agency later said the train was hauling propane tanks.

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