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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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German Boxship Collides with Crane at Keelung Port

MV Hansa Meersburg (Current Name). Photo: Leonhardt and Blumberg

A German-flagged container ship Hansa Meersburg ran into a crane while berthing at Keelung Port, Taiwan resulting in the damage of containers and port infrastructure, CNA reported. The 2007-built freighter, operated by German-based Leonhardt and Blumberg hit and damaged a berth crane valued at NT$200 million (US$6.78 million) as it was sailing into the harbor. In addition to the damage sustained by the crane, a pier was also damaged, suffering a hole three meters wide and two meters deep.

China: Sunken Tanker Sanchi May be Leaking HFO

Photo: China’s Ministry of Transportation

A sunken Iranian oil tanker may be leaking heavy bunker fuel as well as light oil off the east coast of China and the best remedy was to recover the vessel, officials said on Friday. It was unclear how much bunker fuel was left aboard the tanker when it sank on Sunday after being ablaze for days but experts estimated it may have been carrying about 1,000 tonnes at the time of collision. "There have been multiple appearances of oil slicks of different sizes and types at the sinking spot and nearby...

Panama Says Sunken Iranian Tanker had Papers in Order

(Photo: China's Ministry of Transport)

The Iranian tanker that sank after a collision in the East China Sea, causing the worst oil ship disaster in years, had its paperwork in order, according an initial review by maritime authorities in Panama, whose flag it was sailing under. The large tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) sank on Sunday after crashing into the freighter CF Crystal (IMO:9497050) and drifting ablaze for days. The ship's crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis are believed to have been killed. Fernando Solorzano…

Magufuli Bans Registration of Foreign Ships in Tanzania

© Igor Groshev / Adobe Stock

Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday put a temporary ban on the registration of foreign ships in the country and ordered over 400 vessels to be investigated for allegations of involvement in criminal activity. The ban came after at least five foreign-owned ships flying Tanzania's flag were seized in various parts of the world carrying illegal consignments of weapons and narcotics. The maritime authority in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar has in previous years been…

Oil from Sunken Iranian Tanker Diffusing in East China Sea

(Photo: China's State Oceanic Administration)

Oil from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea has diffused into four separate slicks, covering a combined area of just over 100 square kms (39 square miles), Chinese authorites said late on Wednesday. Earlier satellite imaging showed two large slicks, with the larger one also thicker and more concentrated, but the latest data had found four slicks ranging in size from 48 square kms (19 square miles) to 5.5 square kms (2.1 square miles), the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said.

Iranian Tanker Produces 2 Slicks in East China Sea

File Image: The stricken tanker Sanchi burns prior to sinking. (CREDIT: china Ministry of Transport)

An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said, as maritime police scoured for damage and prepared to explore the wreck. Satellite imaging showed a slick of 69 square km (26.6 square miles) and a second 40 square km (15.4 square miles) slick, which is less thick and not as concentrated, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said in a statement late on Tuesday. The large tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) sank in the worst oil ship disaster in decades on Sunday…

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.

7 Rescued from Sinking Freighter Near Haiti

7 Saved from Sinking freighter

Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a report from a tug stating they heard a distress call from a vessel claiming to be taking on water off the coast of Great Inagua, Bahamas. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew deployed in support of Operations Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) launched and located the coastal freighter Calypso approximately 50 miles off the coast of Great Inagua.

Seven Rescued from Sinking Freighter near Haiti

Seven crewmembers were rescued after the 100-foot coastal freighter Calypso began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday. Watchstanders at the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a report from a tug stating they heard a distress call from a vessel claiming to be taking on water off the coast of Great Inagua, Bahamas. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew deployed in support of Operations Bahamas, Turks…

Freighter Collides with Offshore Platform

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Galveston are investigating the early morning collision of an outbound freighter and an offshore platform located approximately 17 miles off the coast of Galveston. At 3:15 a.m., Coast Guard watchstanders at Group Galveston received reports of a platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico. At 3:30 a.m., the freighter SCM Athina notified the Coast Guard that it had struck the platform High Island 207. Substantial damage was sustained by the platform, resulting in a fire that could be seen from shore. Two offshore supply boats were in the area and immediately responded, fighting the fire and extinguishing the flames on the lower decks. The upper decks are still smoldering.

Bulk Carrier Sinks in Yangtze Estuary

The 98-meter freighter sent out a distress call as the ship began to founder in strong winds off the mouth of the Yangtze River. The freighter was loaded with a cargo of water-absorbing mineral sands, and the crew of 15 was taken off shortly before the ship foundered in darkness. The Ministry of Transport's Donghai Rescue Bureau and the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration dispatched four rescue vessels as soon as the call was received, according to a statement from the administration. The freighter, owned by a transportation company in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, had been carrying 4,725 tons of mineral sands from Nantong, Jiangsu Province, to Longkou, Shandong Province.

Coast Guard, RBDF Assist Haitians Clinging to Capsized Freighter

Approximately 100 Haitians sit on the hull of a sail freighter after it grounded and capsized 15 nautical miles southwest of Staniel Cay, Bahamas, Tuesday. A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., MH-60 helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted 13 people from the water after deploying a mass rescue raft. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

At least 10 Haitian migrants are reported dead and approximately 100 are being rescued by Coast Guard and Royal Bahamian Defense Force rescue crews 15 nautical miles southwest of Staniel Cay, Bahamas, Tuesday. More than 100 Haitian migrants fell into the water Monday night when their overloaded sail freighter grounded and capsized off coast of Staniel Cay. The incident was reported by the Royal Bahamian Defense Force and relayed to Coast Guard 7th District command center watchstanders Monday evening.

Freighter Runs Aground

 A 388-ft. Netherlands-flagged freighter ran aground in East Passage off reports said. The Coast Guard received a call that the freighter Alexandergracht was stuck on the side of the passage, near the Melville Marine District, and needed assistance. A 41-ft. boat was dispatched from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill in and was soon joined by the commercial tugboats Rainbow and Reliance as well as marine inspectors from the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office in . The vessel was refloated at around the time of the 9 p.m. high tide Sunday and escorted by the tugs to deeper waters in East Passage so that inspectors could check the freighter for damage and leaks. Source: 

Coast Guard Helping Stuck Ship Back into Shipping Channel

Coast Guard crews are working to get a freighter ship unstuck after it lost power and ran aground near the central span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The bridge was shut down in both directions this morning as a precaution, snarling rush hour traffic. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the freighter lost power after passing through the central span of the bridge. The pilot of the vessel ran it into a sandbar so it wouldn’t drift near the bridge. Fox showed Coast Guard tugboats circling the freighter. The most recent view showed them helping the ship back into the deeper waters of the shipping channel. Source: fox

Twelve Saved from Sinking Freighter in Cuban Waters

A helicopter rescues one of 12 crewmembers who abandoned ship in Cuban territorial seas December 26. Two USCG helicopter crews responded and subsequently rescued all 12 crewmembers from the sinking 120-foot coastal freighter. (Screenshot from USCG video)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued 12 people from a freighter vessel taking on water in Cuban territorial seas Saturday. The rescue, performed by two USCG helicopter crews, saved one Jamaican, two Nicaraguan, one U.S., and eight Haitian crewmembers. On Saturday, Coast Guard watchstanders were notified that the Haitian Flagged, 120-ft coastal freighter Granam ST Anne was taking on water in Cuban territorial seas, and ordered the launch of two helicopters. Upon the Coast Guard’s arrival on scene, the freighter’s crew had already abandoned ship into a life raft.

Collision on lower Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release stating that on February 10, a towboat pushing seven barges collided with a freighter on the lower Mississippi River near Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The towboat and one barge sank. The crewmembers were rescued. The freighter incurred minor damage. Light pollution has been observed. The incident is under investigation. Source: HK Law

Greek Freighter Crew Rescued in Aegean

The nine-person crew of a Greek freighter was rescued in the eastern Aegean on Monday after they were forced to abandon their ship when it began listing in high winds, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. It said the all-Greek crew, which was headed for Limassol, Cyprus carrying a cargo of timber, were safely picked up by the tanker Matilda. Their Greek-registered freighter, Makedonia I, sailing 102 n.m. southeast of the island of Rhodes in high winds, issued a distress call early on Monday, the ministry said.

Ocean Sunrise Runs Aground, No Environmental Damage

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers

On Feb. 19, the 624-foot bulk freighter Ocean Sunrise sat at anchor in the waters off Long Beach, Calif., after been removed from the rocks surrounding Island Freeman. Strong winds and heavy rains pushed the freighter from its mooring location into the tiny, man-made island the night before. The Coast Guard and California response agencies finished inspections of the hull and determined the vessel posed no threat to the environment, as the hull's integrity was not compromised. 

Coast Guard Responds to Freighter Aground

Coast Guard Sector personnel are responding to a St. Vincent and Grenadines flagged cargo freighter aground at the entrance of Government Cut in Wednesday. The 279 ft. cargo freighter, Atlantic Intrepid, was transiting Government Cut en route to , when it reportedly suffered a steering casualty and ran aground.  There are no reports of any injuries or pollution at this time.  Mariners transiting the area are requested to keep a sharp lookout and pass with a minimum wake.

Burning Tanker Drifts into Japan's Economic Zone

(Photo: NIOC)

A stricken Iranian oil tanker continued exploding on Friday, hampering rescue efforts, Chinese state media reported, as Japan's Coast Guard said the ship drifted away from the Chinese coast and into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The ship, which has been ablaze for almost a week since it collided with another vessel on Saturday night in the East China Sea, was about 286 km (178 miles) northwest of Sokkozaki on the island of Amami Oshima as of 0700 GMT on Friday, the Japan Coast Guard said in a statement.

Aker Yards to Deliver Combi Freighter to Briese

Aker Yards has sold a combi freighter to Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co, in Leer (Lower Saxony / Germany) to be delivered from Damen Shipyards Okean in the Ukraine, a joint venture between Aker Yards and Damen Shipyards Group. The value of the contract is approximately $24.9m. Delivery is scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2007. A first vessel of this type was delivered by the Okean shipyard in July 2006.

Damen Combi Freighter 3850 Christened

On April 6, the fiftieth Combi Freighter 3850 of Damen Shipyards Bergum was christened in Harlingen. The ship was christened by Mrs. Verkaart. She baptised the ship on behalf of Unisea Shipping B.V. The CF 3850 has a main engine that runs on heavy oil and in combination with an adjustable screw this will lead to lower costs in fuel and therefore in reducing costs by exploitation of this type of ships.

UK Freighter Adrift in Irish Sea

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported that it and an Irish Lights vessel were responding to assist a small freighter in the Irish Sea that had suffered an engine breakdown. Source: HK Law

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