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NTSB Issues Report on 2016 Columbia River Bulker Grounding

Nenita, a 378-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier laden with grain, ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Wash., November 19, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Columbia River)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a report on its investigation into the November 2016 grounding of the bulk carrier Nenita in the Columbia River. The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was fully laden when it suffered an engine failure that impacted its ability to maneuver and subsequently ran aground at Three Tree Point on the Washington State side of the river. The ship’s bulbous bow and hull were damaged, but no injuries or pollution were reported. The vessel was towed to Longview, Wash.

Freighter runs aground in Channel

According to the Guardian Unlimited, the coastguard was sent to the aid of a large container ship that ran aground in the Dover Strait. The crew of the 90,465-ton German container vessel LT Cortesia contacted the Dover coastguard at 5am after running aground on the Varne Bank. The coastguard has sent the emergency tug Anglian Monarch to help the stranded ship and assess the options for salvaging it. The vessel was traveling through the strait from Thames port on its way to the Suez when it ran aground nine miles south of Dover harbor, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said. None of the 27 people on board the stranded ship was injured, and its 42,785 tons of cargo is reported to be undamaged. The vessel is believed to be watertight. Source: Guardian Unlimited

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.

Bulker Refloated in St. Lawrence Seaway

 A 623-foot bulk carrier was refloated in the St. Lawrence Seaway Saturday after running aground near Wellesley Island, N.Y. last Wednesday.   The Antigua Barbuda flagged vessel Pacific Huron was refloated under the direction of the Donjon-Smit salvage master, two Canadian tugs, the Evans Mckeil and the Ocean A. Simard. No injuries or pollution have been reported.   A pilot boarded Pacific Huron to navigate the vessel to its anchorage location at Mason Point.   On Sunday divers conducted an underwater hull survey, and the classification society inspected the ship’s propulsion system.

Pasha Bulker Expert to Help Move Grounded Ship

The salvage master who coordinated the operation to move the Pasha Bulker off Newcastle has been brought in to head the effort to move a 75,000 tonne bulk carrier which has run aground in central Queensland. Experts and equipment are being brought in to help refloat the Endeavour River, which ran aground in Gladstone Harbor. A spokesman from the salvage company, Svitzer, says it is likely that efforts to refloat the ship will not be made until later in the week when the tides are more favorable. Svitzer is also bringing in one of its naval architects from Holland who will look at the structure of the ship. Additional equipment, including cables and shackles, is scheduled to arrive.

Tugs Pull Boat from Sandbar

A 62-ft. commercial fishing boat that had run aground was dislodged early Saturday, Harbor Patrol officials said. Two tugboats pulled the Emerald Sea to Newport Harbor just after midnight, where Coast Guard officials will inspect it. The boat ran aground on a sandbar near 36th Street on Friday morning. Preliminary reports point to operator error, officials said. Source: LA Times

Containerhsip ANL Excellence Cleared For Voyage

The containership ANL Excellence, which ran aground in Moreton Bay off Brisbane on July 21, has been given the all-clear to continue its voyage. The ship, which was traveling to Brisbane from Malaysia with a large cargo of consumer goods, ran aground when it became trapped on a sand bank at low tide. Owned by Australian National Line, the vessel's captain admitted outright that human error was to blame for the mishap - a pilot missed a navigation beacon.

Grounded Bulker Refloated in Mozamique

Photo: KOTUG

KOTUG provided salvage assistance to refloat the bulk carrier MV Gladiatorship after she ran aground just before high water in Nacala, Mozamique.   The Bahamas flagged vessel was unable to refloat herself and at risk of being damaged by the drop between high and low water.   KOTUG employed two Rotortugs to pull her free of the beach and back into safe waters, thus refloating the MV Gladiatorship within two hours of running aground.   

Russian Ship Runs Aground in Istanbul

Bad weather forced a Russian ship to run aground in Istanbul on Friday and the crew was awaiting rescue, Turkey's Dogan news agency reported. The ship ran aground near Istanbul's Kartal district, on the Asian side of the city and on the coast of the Sea of Marmara, Dogan reported. Istanbul's European and Asian sides are separated by the Bosphorus Strait, an important international shipping lane for oil and grain.   (Reporting by Yesim Dikmen; Writing by David Dolan)

Tanker Spills Heating Oil Near St. Petersburg

About 10 tons of heating oil reportedly spilled into the Neva River after a tanker ran aground in St Petersburg, Russia, but there was no immediate threat to drinking water or the environment, officials said. The tanker, Nefterudovoz 7, belonging to a local shipping company, was carrying about 5,000 tons of oil when it ran aground on Oct. 9. Officials said the patches of oil in the water are being contained by buoys and then collected by special ships.

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.

Cargo Ship Hits Sandbank, Brisbane

According to a report from the Brisbane Times, a steering fault caused a container ship to run aground in Moreton Bay off Brisbane. The 217-metre MSC Basel was leaving the Port of Brisbane and ran aground on the Yule Bank, five kilometres north of Moreton Island, at about 9.30 a.m., Nov. 1. Two tug boats were being sent to help remove the Singapore-bound vessel, but it refloated with the rising tide about midday. (Source: Brisbane Times)

Grounded Tanker Freed in Lower Miss.

According to a report from The Times-Picayune, on June 15, five tugboats freed a tanker carrying oil that had run aground Monday in the lower Mississippi River near Pilottown. The vessel ran aground just above Cubit's Gap, about 10 miles below Venice. It had a 42-foot draft, while restrictions in that area have been set at 43 feet since last week.   Source: The Times-Picayune  

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)

Bulk Carrier Runs Aground

Mozambique: The Cyprus-registered bulk carrier Artemis SB, fully loaded with granite, ran aground at Beira port, Mozambique, on Sunday, May 7, Reuters reported. The 40,846 dwt vessel can only be refloated with the aid of a dredger, which is expected to arrive from Durban by May 17.

Bulker Runs Aground

The Liberia-flag bulker Golden Bay carrying a cargo of steel, ran aground at the entrance to the Dardanelles, Turkey, on May 14, Reuters reported. The 25,599 dwt bulker was to make an attempt at refloating itself. Golden Bay had been on a voyage from Novorossisk, Russia to Piraeus, Greece.

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.

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

Greek Oil Tanker Runs Aground

A Greek oil tanker carrying 81,200 tons of crude ran aground in Denmark but there was no immediate danger of an oil spill, authorities said. The Greece-registered Minerva Concert hit rocks off the island of Samsoe in central Denmark, the Danish Navy said. There were no reports of injuries among the crew or damage to the ship. Tugboats would attempt to pull the tanker free Tuesday, under the supervision of an environmental protection vessel, the navy said. The tanker was en route from the Danish port of Fredericia to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, when it ran aground. The Danish Maritime Authority is investigating. Source: Business Week

Vessel Runs Aground, Pulled Free

A 590-ft. cargo ship that ran aground has been pulled to deeper water and is being held offshore of Port Canaveral until it is safe to enter port. The Shenandoah Highway, a cargo ship carrying automobiles, left the Southampton, United Kingdom, and attempted to enter Port Canaveral. A few minutes later the ship ran aground. Coast Guard inspectors from Marine Safety Detachment Port Canaveral boarded tugs and a small boat crew from Station Port Canaveral to assess the situation. Crews didn't spot any pollution when they arrived at the Shenandoah's position and started making preparations to remove the ship from the sandy bottom. Using four contracted tugs…

French Bulk Carrier Runs Aground in Australia

A French-registered bulk carrier carrying a load of grain from Geelong to Taiwan ran aground in Melbourne's Port Philip Bay on Thursday night, an Australian maritime authority said on Friday. The fully laden 18,600-ton bulk carrier Mirande ran aground just before 10 p.m. on Thursday after reporting steering problems, said the Marine Board of Victoria. "There is no environmental problem, no damage to the hull, the weather is favorable, the ship is in sheltered waters and is sitting on sand," a Marine Board chief executive said. An unsuccessful attempt to refloat Mirande, which has a crew of 18, was made at high tide on Friday morning and another attempt will be made at the night high tide, which is forecast to be at around 9:00 p.m.

Grounded Cargo Ship Leaks Oil

Lysblink Seaways (Pic by DFDS Seaways)

A major recovery operation has been launched to recover a leaking cargo ship which ran aground on Scotland's west coast. Salvage vessels were called to Kilchoan near Ardnamurchan Point after the Lysblink Seaways became stranded at around 2am on Wednesday. No one was injured in the stranding, but oil had begun to leak from the Seaways. The DFDS general cargo ship that ran aground off Scotland has self-refloated, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said. “Shortly before 9pm on Thursday the grounded vessel Lysblink Seaways self-floated from the foreshore at Kilchoan,” it confirmed.

Fishing Vessel on Cape Peninsular Beach

Photo credit: National Sea Rescue Institute

The vessel has been on the beach for several days due to heavy surf. Most of those on board had been taken off the vessel, and all were safe, including the ship's dog. Disaster Risk Management spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said they would try to move the vessel again again shortly depending on conditions. Crowds gathered to watch from the edges of the beach, with others looking out from their homes, and above from Victoria Road, until rain forced them to leave. The fishing vessel ran aground in thick fog…

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