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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Rough Seas News

Severe Gales to Hamper Russian Vessel Save

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A Russian flagged vessel  reportedly with 13 crew still aboard is listing 'significantly' outside of Portsmouth Harbor may have to await further rescue attempt, as the weather forecast is poor with severe gales and rough seas expected later today according to various local media reports. The ship MEKHANIK YARTSDEV as identified in locla images from the scene reportedly has power and is reported stable, at anchor in the Solent.

UK Reports Containers Lost in Rough Seas

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said that a general cargo vessel reported that it lost 20 empty containers overboard in rough seas east of the Orkney Islands.

Rena Shipwreck – Storm Sends More Containers Adrift

Rena Shipwreck: Photo credit Maritime New Zealand

Salvors report the aft section of the wreck being subject to rolling movement in  rough seas, with waves of 8-10m hitting the vessel. It is estimated that 11 containers (both 20 and 40ft) have been lost into the sea, however, extremely rough sea conditions are making it difficult to accurately assess numbers. With the movement of the aft section on the reef, it appears that the bridge section of the wreck is now completely submerged. However, rough seas make it difficult to determine the extent of the movement.

CEMEX UK Orders Dredger from Damen

Damen Marine Aggregate Dredger (Image: Damen)

CEMEX UK Marine Limited has placed an order for the first Damen Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD). The vessel, which will be built at Damen Shipyards Galati, in Romania, is designed to extract sand and gravel from the sea bed up to depths of 55 meters, including in the challenging conditions experienced in the North Sea. Damen said the MAD is the result of extensive market research and customer consultation. A new, future-facing vessel of this type is aligned with an aggregate industry faced with an aging fleet of vessels and an increased focus on marine activity.

Drone Wars: French Navy Examines Cutting-edge Tech

(Image: Naval Group)

Defense technology company Naval Group and helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters will together lead an effort to develop warship based aerial drones for the French Navy. The French companies were recently contracted by the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) to perform a “de-risking” study ahead of future construction of tactical helicopter drones. The demonstration project will eventually lead to trials of the drone launch system, mission system and airborne rotary-wing vehicle, conducted from a French Navy vessel.

Somali Pirate Hostage Ship Sinks

M/V Albedo: Photo courtesy of EUNAVFOR

The 'MV Albedo' sinks In rough seas after being held captive by Somali pirates for over two-and-a-half years. EU Naval Force confirms that the Malaysian flagged Motor Vessel MV Albedo, held by armed pirates at an anchorage close to the Somali Coast, has sunk in rough seas. MV Albedo has been in pirate hands since it was attacked in the Indian Ocean in November 2010, and was in pirate hands when it sank. An EU Naval Force warship and Maritime Patrol Aircraft have closed the sea area and are carrying out a Search and Rescue operation to search for any survivors.

Philippine Oil Spill Barge Sinks

A barge carrying hundreds of tonnes of debris from last August's devastating oil spill in the Philippines has sunk. BBC reported that the barge was being towed to a processing plant when it sank in rough seas, raising fears of another environmental crisis. The barge was being towed to a processing plant when it sank in rough seas, raising fears of another environmental crisis. Officials say the crew has been rescued, and that they are investigating the incident. The Solar 1, was carrying two million litrer of oil when it sank near the Guimaras island on 11 August. The spill affected 40,000 people and hundreds of miles of coastline. The barge, hired by oil refiner Petron, was carrying sludge from the site where the Solar 1 sank.

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.

Bulk Carrier Listing in Rough Seas

According to the New Zealand Press, the Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it is closely tracking the progress of the bulk carrier Taharoa Express, which is listing after its load shifted in heavy swells. The vessel reported to Maritime New Zealand that it had a problem after its load of iron sand shifted while in rough sea about 42 nautical miles south west of Cape Egmont. The vessel is intact and not taking on any water, and all 25 crew are safe, Maritime New Zealand said. Maritime New Zealand said it was concerned and is keeping a close eye on the situation, at this point there are no reports of the vessel being in danger or distress. The Port of Taharoa pilot and loading master is on board the carrier and is overseeing its progress as it heads for Nelson.

Bar Pilot Overboard, Missing

The U.S. Coast Guard used helicopters to search for a bar pilot who went overboard in rough weather near the mouth of the Columbia River. The bar pilot, who has not been identified, fell into the Pacific Monday night while trying to transfer from an outgoing freighter he had guided across the Columbia River Bar to a vessel that takes bar pilots back to their station, the Coast Guard said. Two 47-foot rescue boats had to return to Cape Disappointment because strong winds and rough seas made the initial search effort too dangerous. (Source: Associated Press)

Chinese Cargo Ship Sinks: 8 Crew Dead, 3 Still Missing

Photo courtesy of China State Media, Xinhua

Eight crew members of 19 crew aboard a Panama-flagged Chinese-owned 8,461-tonne freighter, died after their vessel sank in rough seas off the South Korean harbour of Pohang, reports Xinhua. The vessel, the CHENGLU15, owned by China’s Lishen International Shipping Group,  was standing by to enter Pohang port to discharge cargo when it dragged anchor, collided with the sea wall and sank. China’s Xinhua reported that 18 of the 19 crew members were Chinese, including the captain who was among the dead. The other crew member was Vietnamese. Source: Xinhua  

Philippine Coast Guard Assists Drifted Fishermen

The Philippine Coast Guard in Eastern Visayas assisted three fishermen who drifted towards the shoreline after rough seas battered their boat off Hilongos. Reports revealed that the three men were onboard a fishing boat that was battered by big waves and strong winds until it drifted towards the shoreline where they were found by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Hilongos. CGSS Hilongos delivered necessary assistance to the fishermen before they were brought to the office of the Municipal Risk Reduction Management Council (MRRMC) of Hilongos. coastguard.gov.ph  

US Warship Almost Bows Under: Photograph of the Day

USS Cowpens in Heavy Weather: Photo credit USN

The bow of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser 'USS Cowpens' (CG 63) forges through rough seas. USS Cowpens is part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and is currently conducting a routine patrol in the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released)  

COSCO Selects Rolls-Royce Package

Rolls-Royce won an order to provide an integrated design and equipment package for two offshore supply vessels to be built at COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard Co., Ltd in China for Singapore based Chellsea Group. The two Rolls-Royce UT 771 WP platform supply vessels features the striking wave piercing bow designed to pierce through waves in rough seas, making it possible to keep a more constant speed, reduce fuel consumption and increase on board safety.

Fishing Vessel Sinks

Seven Spanish crewmen were missing after a Spanish fishing vessel sank in rough seas off the coast of Portugal on Thursday, Reuters reported. The spokesman said that four other sailors, also Spanish, had been rescued from a life raft after the sinking but that the search was continuing for the remaining crew from the "Fatima" which went down in the Atlantic some 150 nautical miles (300 km) west of Lisbon. A Portuguese navy ship and two Spanish boats were involved in the search and a Portuguese air force plane would return to the area at first light, he added.

Bulk Carrier Sinks

The Liberian-registered bulk carrier Madona, carrying cement, sank in rough seas early Monday morning in the Indian Ocean after all its crew were rescued, an Australian search and rescue official said. The crew of the 33,000-dwt bulk carrier sent out a distress signal on Saturday afternoon before taking to life rafts as the vessel listed and began to sink. Madona, a 183-meter long vessel built in 1982, sank about 200 nautical miles north of the Cocos Islands, south of Indonesia and west of Australia.

Coast Guard Update: Sunken Drydock in Guam

According to a report from Pacific Daily News, Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team members assisted with salvage operations for the sunken dry dock, Big Blue, in Apra Harbor by helping with a fuel transfer Jan. 6. Rough seas and high surfs caused the dry dock to take on too much water in its tanks, according to Pacific Daily News reports. Approximately 13,000 gallons of diesel oil and 2,000 gallons of waste oil will be transferred from the dry dock. (Source: Pacific Daily News)  

Ribcraft Provides Boat Operator Training

Ribcraft will provide complimentary small boat operator training to professional customers who order a Ribcraft rescue RIB during the month of April. Rescue boat operations in rough seas, strong winds, and along rocky shorelines are a challenge even to experienced and well trained crews, but when the urgency of a response combines with the skill needed to maneuver a vessel alongside people in the water, recreational boating experience is often insufficient to safely operate a rescue craft.

Entrance to Port of Santos Reopens

The entrance to Brazil's largest  reopened on Thursday, after rough seas prevented ships from entering or leaving for more than 30 hours during peak soy export season.   Around 20 ships were delayed entering or leaving the channel, port authority Codesp said.   Santos is the world's largest sugar exporting port and Brazil's top exporter of soybeans. (Reporting by Gustavo Bonato; Writing by Caroline Stauffer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Meredith Mazzilli)

The Sea Shall Not Have Them: Latest Rescue News

Ferry rescue: Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

In the Philippines a large scale rescue of ferry passengers, on the other side of the world, a British fishing boat crew is airlifted to safety, and a man is plucked from rough seas off Aberdeen breakwater. A rescue team from Philippine Coast Guard search and rescue vessel, BRP EDSA II (SARV-002) evacuated 132 passengers from the MV Our Lady Of All Nation after the inter-island ferry ran aground at Danajon Bank, Bohol. The crew of the sinking 18-m fishing vessel RACHEL JAYNE lll  sent out a Mayday as they took to a liferaft 26 miles ENE of Tynemouth Piers.

Lockheed Martin Wins $25M Crewboat Contract

Lockheed Martin won a contract valued at more than $25 million to perform detailed design, construction, test and delivery of two Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) crew transport vessels that will provide service to Mexico’s national oil company, PEMEX. The Lockheed Martin design is based on its SLICE Small Waterplane Area hull form. The contract, awarded to Lockheed Martin by Hoteleria y Servicios Petroleros, S. A. de C.V. (HSP), calls for the delivery of two SWATH crew transport vessels that can safely and swiftly transport people and limited cargo from Ciudad del Carmen to the Campeche Basin Oil Field 90 miles offshore. HSP will operate the two Lockheed Martin SWATH crew transport vessels for PEMEX for five years after delivery.

Zycraft Completes Longest Range Spares Delivery at Sea

Photo: Zycraft Pte Ltd

Zycraft announced it had recently completed its longest range and fastest delivery of spares to a vessel in the Indian Ocean with one of its Shomari Long Range Vessels (LRV-17). The Nimble Cheetah traveled a total distance of 980 nautical miles at 25 knots to deliver critical engineering spares to a AHTS vessel that was towing a major oil and gas cargo. The trip to the distressed vessel was achieved in just over 40 hours. This is the fifth time that the Shomari LRV-17 has been called out for long range delivery of spares.

Storm Rips Off Part of 'Rena' Fore Section

'Rena' in Breaking Waves: Photo credit Maritime NZ

Earlier this week rough weather damaged the bow of the container ship stranded in New Zealand waters off Tauranga. High wind and rough seas early this week resulted in approximately 25m of the fore section, weighing around 250 tonnes, being ripped free from the aft portside and falling to the sea bed. This section included the boat landing platform and access ladder, with gas cutting equipment also going overboard. No salvors were onboard at the time and the loss of equipment has not delayed salvage efforts.

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