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Crew Puts Out Cargo Ship Fire

The crew of a Danish cargo ship that caught fire in the English Channel managed to put out the blaze, British coastguards said on Wednesday. The captain of the 2,500-ton Sofie Theresa, with 13 crew on board, radioed for help when a fire broke out in the ship's engine room on Tuesday night, a coastguard spokesman said. No one was injured in the blaze and the ship was not in any immediate danger, he said. The ship, carrying a cargo of wax, was about 18 miles southeast of Beachy Head on England's southern coast when the fire broke out. A rescue helicopter, a tug and coastguard vessels were dispatched to aid the ship, which was sailing to Port Coronne in France from Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

USCG Helps with Cruise Ship Fire

Coast Guard responded to the a Sun Cruz Casino cruise ship fire on May 16. At the time the ship had 160 people on board. The fire apparently started in the engine room, was reported at about three miles south of Port Everglades. Eight rescue boats and a Coast Guard helicopter are responding, as well as two fire-fighting tugs. The ship was towed to Port Everglades, Berth 1. The cause of the fire is unknown, but an investigation will follow.

No Injuries in Britain Cruise Ship Fire

According to reports a fire broke out in the engine room of the Calypso and was put out by the crew in about three hours on Saturday. Authorities say no one was hurt in a cruise ship fire in the English Channel. The ship was carrying 462 passengers, virtually all of them Dutch, and a crew of 246. The British Maritime and Coast Guard Agency says search and rescue units were dispatched to the scene off the southern coast of England. Lifeboats and a coastguard helicopter were sent to the stricken liner but crew members had put out the fire in the engine room before they arrived. The ship was heading for the port of St. Peter on the island of Guernsey at the time of the fire. The maritime agency says the ship will be towed to Southampton because of damage to the engines.

Fire Aboard Ship Returning to Seattle

There was a small fire in the engine room of the Norwegian Star cruise ship as it returned to Seattle from an Alaska cruise, KXLY reported. Canada's Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Norwegian Star at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to determine what happened. Steve Church of the Rescue Coordination Center in Victoria says the fire was small enough to be put out by hand, and the ship's fire-suppression system was not used. The fire apparently was caused by a leaky fuel valve. source: KXLY

South, North Korea Exchange Naval Fire

A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after a North Korean patrol boat crossed a disputed sea border off the peninsula's west coast and fired shots back before retreating, a South Korean defence official said. There were no casualties on the South Korean side, he told Reuters. The area has been the scene of clashes in the past that killed scores of sailors on both sides, with North Korean vessels frequently crossing the so-called Northern Limit Line, which it refuses to recognise as a maritime border. Reporting by Jack Kim

Fire on Containership in New Orleans

Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office New Orleans and the New Orleans Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire aboard a ship on the Mississippi River near the Napoleon Street Wharf yesterday. All personnel aboard the 560-foot German-flagged container ship Libra Rio Grand safely evacuated after a fire was reported in the boat's engine room around 10:45 a.m. The engine room was sealed, and the ship's fire CO2 extinguishing system put out the fire. MSO New Orleans sent a pollution response team, investigating officer, and a foreign vessel inspection team to the scene to investigate. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew was also dispatched to conduct an overflight assessment. Two crewmembers were taken to Charity Hospital with minor injuries. No pollution was reported.

Brittany Ferries to Exercise with HM Coastguard

While on passage from Portsmouth to Caen, near the Nab Tower, Brittany Ferries’ Mont Saint Michel will report a fire on board. The ship's fire team will then confirm this is a serious incident and the Master will request shore side firefighting assistance from the Coastguard who will coordinate the incident response. A Coastguard helicopter will receive the scramble via the Lee-on-Solent based Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre after an emergency call has been received from the ship. Hampshire Fire and Rescue officers trained in MIRG procedures will then muster at MCA Daedalus and be taken to the vessel by the helicopter where they will be winched aboard together with their equipment ready to fight any fire on board.

Stricken Cruise Ship Headed to Alabama

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Chris Shivock.

The tugs Resolve Pioneer and Dabhol tow and steer the 893-foot Carnival Triumph cruise ship Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013, in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is enroute to Mobile, Ala., after an engine room fire a few days prior. HOUSTON — The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous began escorting the Carnival Triumph cruise ship Monday night after tugs began towing it toward Mobile, Ala., which is approximately 270 miles north. The Triumph reported a fire in the aft engine room Sunday morning, which was extinguished by the ships fire control system. No injuries were reported.

Shots Fired: US Navy Ship Warns Iranian Vessel

USS Nitze (U.S. Navy photo by Scott Pittman)

A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots after an Iranian fast-attack craft approached two U.S. ships in the northern Gulf on Wednesday, a U.S. Defense official said. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said three warning shots were fired from a .50 caliber gun after warning flares did not work. The incident started with three Iranian vessels, but there was only one Iranian vessel around by the time the warning shots were fired, the official said. The official added that at one point an Iranian vessel came within 200 yards (193 meters) of a U.S. ship.

IMB Reports 87 Piracy Incidents in H1 2017

Graphics: The Standard Club

The IMB has published its report on piracy and armed robbery for the second quarter of 2017, covering the period from 1 January to 30 June 2017. The report highlights continuing decline in the number of incidents of maritime piracy, said a press release from The Standard Club. 87 incidents have been reported in the first six months of 2017, with 63 ships boarded, eight attempted attacks, four ships hijacked and 12 ships fired upon. This represents a decrease from 2016 when there were 97 reported incidents in the same period.

Coast Guard Responds to Ship Fire

The Coast Guard was notified by Jacksonville Sheriffs Office personnel that the 486-foot German container ship, the Ara J, was on fire at the Blount Island Terminal in the Port of Jacksonville. Coast Guard units from the Marine Safety Office Jacksonville and Station Mayport responded to the Blount Island Terminal to establish a safety zone around the Ara J. Coast Guard Marine Safety inspectors are also on scene to provide technical assistance for any shipboard fire-fighting on the Ara J. Jacksonville Fire Rescue is leading the firefighting efforts. The cause of the fire is not known at this time. The Coast Guard will investigate the cause of the incident.

One Dead, 11 Injured in Cruise Ship Fire

On March 23, as Star Princess was en route from Grand Cayman to Montego Bay, a fire broke out in the passenger accommodations, and spread to adjacent cabins. Passengers were immediately notified of the fire using the public address system and requested to report to their muster stations. According to Princess Cruises, there was one passenger fatality following a cardiac arrest, two passengers with significant smoke inhalation injuries and nine passengers with minor complications resulting from smoke inhalation. The injured passengers have been stabilized in the ship's medical center. While the fire has been put out, there is still residual smoke throughout the affected area. The cause of the fire at this time is unknown.

Coast Guard Offering Marine Safety and Survival Training in Port Orford

Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety officials from Coast Guard Sector Portland, Ore., will be presenting a hands-on safety and survival workshop for commercial fishermen in Port Orford, Ore., Monday and Tuesday and in Charleston, Ore., Wednesday and Thursday. Each of the the two-day hands-on safety and survival workshops demonstrates what type of marine survival equipment to have onboard, the workshop also conducts drills that meet Coast Guard requirements for commercial fishing vessels operating outside the 12-mile international boundary line. Participants will practice with emergency equipment to include lifejackets, life rafts, immersion suits, emergency positioning indicating radio beacons and fire extinguishers.

Jailed Pirates Fired RPG's at Tanker 'For Fun' Said Defence

The Supreme Court of the Seychelles recently found 15 Somalis guilty of piracy and jailed them for up to 18 years. Judge Mohan Burhan rejected their defence that they were fishing and having fun as they fired rockets at a tanker in the Arabian Sea and that weapons – including assault rifles – which they dumped at sea when a surveillance helicopter appeared were only for their own protection, reports the 'Seychelles Nation'. Captain Stanislav Ususchev of the oil tanker MV Sunshine informed the court he saw a skiff approaching his vessel at 24 knots which caught up with the tanker in order to launch a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) towards the bridge.

Coast Guard Investigates Ship Fire

Juneau-based Coast Guard investigators are determining the cause of an engine-room fire that occurred Monday on the motor vessel Safari Quest while transiting Fredrick Sound with 29 people on board. The crew of the Safari Quest contacted the Coast Guard at 5:10 p.m., reporting their left engine disabled as a result of the fire. Still under their own power, the 120-ft. cruise ship steamed into Petersburg at 8:10 p.m. where Coast Guard investigators will rendezvous with them today.

3 dead, 19 hurt in Navy Ship Fire

Three sailors were killed and 19 injured, 11 of them seriously, in a fire that broke out on board naval warship INS Magar on the evening of Feb. 22, as it was dumping live expired missiles off the Visakhapattanam coast. The warship was reaching the end of operations to dump explosives when one of the remaining four to five missile boxes went off. The victims were immediately airlifted and rushed to Kalyani hospital and the naval base. The ship suffered no major damage and returned safely to harbor on its own. The navy has ordered a board of inquiry to probe the cause of the incident. (Source: www.expressindia.com)

Pirates Hijack South Korean Ship

According to the Washington Post, Pirates captured a South Korean-flagged fishing vessel off the coast of Somalia on Tuesday and efforts by a U.S. Navy ship and a Dutch vessel to intervene were abandoned when members of the South Korean crew were threatened with guns and the ship slipped into Somali territorial waters, the Navy said. It was the latest in a series of incidents off the coast of Somalia. On March 18, two U.S. Navy ships exchanged gunfire with suspected pirates, killing one and wounding five. No U.S. sailors were injured. Somalis involved in that incident later claimed they were patrolling Somali waters to stop illegal fishing when the U.S. ships fired on them.

Somali Force, Pirates Exchange Gunfire

Somali maritime forces have exchanged gunfire with the hijackers of an oil tanker in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the head of the maritime force said. This is the first time Somali pirates have taken over a commercial ship since 2012 and locals blame the attack on foreign fishermen flooding into their waters, and are also angry with their government for licensing some of the ships. "We tried to intercept a boat that was carrying supplies to the pirates, but pirates on the ship fired on us and so the pirate boat escaped," said Abdirahman Mohamud Hassan, the director general of the maritime force in Puntland. Pirate Abdulaahi claimed the pirates killed a member of the marine force and injured another, but Hassan said that was untrue.

Fire Strikes Splendour of the Seas

Splendour of the Seas. Photo by Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the seas experience a fire in one of its engine rooms, but luckily the incident was contained with minor injuries and no apparent damage to the ship. Royal Caribbean says: "The fire was contained and extinguished, with all systems functioning. There were no reported injuries to guests or crew. The fire, which occurred in one of the ship's two engine rooms, broke out while the ship was at sea around 8 a.m. October 22, en route to Argostoli, Greece. The ship's fire suppression system was activated, containing and extinguishing the fire.

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.

KMSS Wins Contract for Fire Detection Systems

to supply Fire Detection Systems to four Radiance Class ships run by Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited (RCCL), out of the Meyer Weft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The four ship deal will see KMSS installing its Autrosafe Fire Detection System with Self Verifying Detectors on the currently sailing ‘M/S Radiance of the Seas’ and the M/S Brilliance of the Seas, which is due to leave the yard imminently. In addition, KMSS will also supply the same systems to two more Radiance Class ships currently in production, to be launched next year in 2004. Each ship will be fitted with 4500 detectors and 1000 Control & Indication interface units for doors, fire dampers, low location lights, sprinkler valves and other systems.

KMSS Signs Royal Caribbean Deal

Cruises Limited (RCCL), out of the Meyer Weft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The contract is worth $3.2 million in total. to leave the yard imminently. launched next year and in 2004. Each ship will be fitted with 4500 detectors and 1000 Control & Indication interface units for doors, fire dampers, low location lights, sprinkler valves and other systems. In addition, three Autromaster 5000 Color Graphic Indication and Control System units will be installed to control each ship's Fire Detection System. and smoke concentration to high voltage lines. all cruise ships should install local buzzers in all cabins. after 90 seconds, allowing the public address system to be heard. need for extra cabling, which drastically reduces the cost of installing this important safety measure.

Rowan McAllister Aids in Freighter Rescue

On June 8, the 439 ft. freighter Camilla Desgagnes, sailing from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to Canada, caught fire 88 miles East of Ambrose Tower, about 20 miles off the Long Island Shore. Twenty crewmembers were aboard when the engine room fire broke out. No injuries were reported and the crew was able to remain on board after using the ship's CO2 fire suppressant system. The tug Rowan McAllister, in connection with salvor Titan Maritime, LLC, was dispatched to rescue the drifting freighter and crew. On the morning of June 9, Captain Pat Geiger of McAllister Towing and the crew of the Rowan arrived. Once alongside the burning freighter, the tug began hooking up to the ship in anticipation of towing it into New York Harbor while supplying the ship with water to fight the stubborn engine room fire.

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