Ship Engineers' Strike Possible in Norway
Approximately 600 Norwegian engineers in service on ships, members of the Maritime NHO, could go on strike with effect from 0000 hours tomorrow, May 15, GAC said in its daily Hot Port News report. If the strike takes effect, it will impact most maritime traffic at Norwegian ports, bringing ferries, fast ferries, tugs, training ships, rescue boats and coastal steamers to a halt. Source: GAC
Ship Engineers' Strike Averted
The possible strike by 600 Norwegian engineers in service on ships has been cancelled after involved parties involved reached an agreement, GAC said in its daily Hot Port News report. The strike would have impacted most maritime traffic at Norwegian ports, bringing ferries, fast ferries, tugs, training ships, rescue boats and coastal steamers to a halt. Source: GAC
Brunswick, Mercury Marine to Aid Mercy Ships
When the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest private hospital ship, provides its next field service in Cameroon, Africa, it will do so with a new dive boat and several new Mercury Marine outboard engines for the ship’s dive and rescue operations thanks to a recent donation from Brunswick Corporation and its engine subsidiary, Mercury Marine. Mercy Ships is a global charity that offers free life-changing surgeries, holistic health care and specialized training for local health care professionals in some of the world’s poorest areas.
Over 6,000 Migrants Plucked from Sea in a Single Day, Nine Dead
About 6,055 migrants were rescued on Monday as they tried to reach Europe on about 40 boats, one of the highest numbers in a single day, Italy's coast guard said. A statement said at least nine migrants had died and a pregnant woman and a child had been taken by helicopter to a hospital on the Italian island of Lampedusa, halfway between Sicily and the Libyan coast. One coast guard ship rescued about 725 migrants on a single rubber boat, one of some 20 rescue operations during the day. About 10 ships from the coast guard, the navy and humanitarian organisations were involved in the rescues, most of which took place some 30 miles off the coast of Libya. Monday was the third anniversary of the sinking of a migrant boat off Lampedusa in which 386 people died.
Italy Rescues 1,500 Migrants in Just 24 Hours
Italian navy and coast guard ships rescued around 1,500 migrants aboard five boats in the southern Mediterranean in less than 24 hours, officials said on Sunday. All of the migrants were rescued on Saturday by two coast guard ships and one navy ship in five separate operations, the coast guard said in a statement. Three of the migrants' boats were in difficulty and sent rescue requests via satellite phones while they were off the coast of Libya. The Italian vessels spotted the other two while heading for the others. The migrants were all transboarded onto the Italian ships and were being taken to either the island of Lampedusa or ports in Sicily, the statement said.
Irish Navy Rescues 712 off Libya
An Irish naval ship rescued 712 people including pregnant women and infants off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli as part of an international migrant rescue effort, Ireland's Defence Forces said on Monday. The LÉ Eithne ship led the rescue of multiple vessels in distress 40 kilometres north-west of Tripoli throughout Sunday. Six migrants, including one baby, were revived from states of unconsciousness. The ship will transport the people, including 14 pregnant women and four infants below the age of four months, to a designated "port of safety" to be handed over to Italian authorities. "I'm very proud to say all lives were saved, no lives were lost.
French Patrol Ship Rescues 217 Migrants off Libya Coast
A French patrol ship rescued 217 migrants from three small boats that had run into trouble off the coast of Libya on Saturday, the maritime police said in a statement. The Commandant Birot helped several dozen people in distress and intercepted two suspected people smugglers, according to the statement. "The intercepted vessels have all been neutralised," the maritime police said, adding that they were responding to a call from the maritime rescue coordination centre in Rome as part of the European Union's operation Triton.
Rickmers Ship Rescues 22
The Rickmers-owned 5060 TEU containership Maersk Dhaka picked up 22 seamen from a sinking bulk carrier off the coast of India close to Mumbai on July 4. (Photo: Rickmers) The Rickmers-owned 5060 TEU containership Maersk Dhaka participated in rescue operations after the sinking of the Panamanian bulker Clinker Carrier off the Indian Coast close to Mumbai on July 4, 2007. The Maersk Dhaka was in a nearby position when the bulker issued a distress signal, and was requested by the local rescue coordination team to proceed to the casualty and to remain on scene as long as her assistance was necessary. After rescuing the 22 crew members of the sinking bulker, Maersk Dhaka was released and continued her voyage to Mumbai, where the castaways have disembarked.
Italian Ship Rescues 26 Migrants off Libya
An Italian merchant ship rescued 26 migrants off the coast of Libya in rough seas and others were feared missing, the Coast Guard said on Saturday. The Coast Guard received a call from a satellite telephone on Friday but no voice was heard. It tracked the signal to a location about seven miles off the Libyan coast, a spokesman said. An Italian merchant vessel in the area was diverted and on Friday night rescued the 26 from a rubber boat that had taken on water. The spokesman said…
Navy/USCG Rescue in Arabian Gulf
Coastal patrol craft USS Firebolt (PC 10) and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maui (WPB 1304), assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 55, conducted a search and rescue mission for survivors of a capsized Iranian cargo dhow in the north Arabian Gulf.. The Firebolt spotted a life raft, and launched their small boat to investigate. One survivor from Iranian cargo dhow Abu Al Fazel was recovered by Firebolt and treated for shock and hypothermia. Through Firebolt’s civilian translator, the surviving mariner relayed that the dhow sank in bad weather with six mariners aboard.
One Migrant Found Dead as 1,350 Rescued in Mediterranean
Italy's Coast Guard and humanitarian ships rescued 1,350 migrants in 12 separate operations in the Mediterranean on Thursday and one person was found dead. The migrants were all found in an area some 25 km (16 miles) north of the Libyan coast, They travelling on a larger boat, five dinghies and 6 smaller vessels, a Coast Guard spokesperson told Reuters. The body of a dead person was found on one of the dinghies, a statement said. Search and rescue operations were carried out by the Coast Guard and two boats operated by NGOs Sea Watch and Proactiva Open Arms, it added. The Coast Guard spokesman said operations were still being carried out and there were still no details regarding where the migrants would be sent.
Poor Weather Blocks Ship Rescue
Poor weather conditions and strong ice-break have blocked the rescue operation of Bulgaria's Katya Z ship, stuck in the Sea of Azov off Ukraine. Three tugboats have managed to break the iceberg under the right board of the ship. A check proved that the systems of the ship are working properly and that it would be able to sail. The rescue operation would continue once the weather improves. The ship with 18 sailors onboard run aground in the Sea of Azov on January 28. Katya Z has 14 Bulgarian sailors and four Ukrainians onboard. All crew members are feeling well. (Source: Sofia News Agency)
Naval Ships Rescue 114 in Indonesia
Naval vessels rescued more than 100 people after a packed ferry sank in heavy seas off Indonesia, but dozens could still be missing, the Edinburgh Evening News reported. Two navy ships had picked up 114 people. One person was confirmed dead. While a passenger list put the number of people on board at 106, it could have been as high as 160. The ferry was traveling from Kupang, on Timor island, to nearby Rote island when authorities lost contact with it during the evening voyage. (Source: Edinburgh Evening News)
Seal Hunt Ships Rescued from Crushing Ice Pack
Dozens of ships carrying commercial seal hunters have been rescued from crushing ice off the coast of Canada's eastern Newfoundland province, authorities said, but most of the fleet remains adrift or trapped. Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers and helicopters were dispatched a week ago to try to help more than 100 ships carrying hundreds of mariners taking part in Canada's annual seal cull, after shifting winds and two storms stranded them in a massive ice pack offshore. The remainder of the fleet managed to wiggle free themselves, but remained adrift in the Atlantic, waiting on the edges for an ice-free route to open up to return to port. Source: Herald Sun
Thousands of Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean
The Italian coastguard has said it had coordinated the rescue of thousands of migrants as they sailed across the Mediterranean on rickety boats, bringing the number of people rescued this weekend to 5,800. The migrants were to be taken to the Italian region of Calabria as well as the islands of Sicily and Lampedusa, it said. The bodies of eight migrants were found on board two of the rescued vessels. Two other people drowned after they jumped into the sea to rush towards the rescue teams, the coastguard said.
USNS Ship Rescues Nine in Gulf of Oman
'USNS Richard E. Byrd' (T-AKE 4), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, rescued 9 crew members from a Yemeni-flagged cargo vessel 'Asaed' that had lost power, was taking in water and was adrift in the Gulf of Oman, according to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs. The crew from Asaed requested assistance and Byrd was the first ship on scene. The crew of the Yemini vessel abandoned in their ship's lifeboat and maneuvered to the military ship, where they were safely recovered. There are no reports of casualties or injuries to personnel.
600 Med Migrants Rescued
A Norwegian ship rescued more than 600 migrants from two wooden boats on Monday in the southern part of the Mediterranean, the Norwegian police said on Twitter. All migrants picked by the ship, the Siem Pilot, were healthy, including several pregnant women, the Norwegian authorities said. Thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East have died trying to cross the Mediterranean, mostly heading for Italy. European Union leaders agreed in April to boost naval search mission in the Mediterranean after a boat sank and as many as 900 migrants died off the coast of Libya. The Siem Pilot is part of the EU's operation off Italy. It was originally built to supply oil platforms in the North Sea. Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis
Ocean Rescue by Horizon Container Ship
The Amver participating ship Horizon Reliance rescued an 81 year old male from his sailboat four months after the ship rescued three Canadians in another daring Pacific rescue. The situation began as a possible medical evacuation from a sailboat 1,100 miles east north east of Ohau and resulted in personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard Fourteenth District using an Amver surface picture to identify and divert the U.S. flagged container ship to rescue the sick sailor. "We've successfully transferred the patient from the sailing vessel…
British Forces Assist Stricken Cruise Liner
Military assets deployed in support of Falkland Island government in cruise ship rescue. In support of the Falkland Island Government, British forces based in the Falkland Islands yesterday responded to a distress call by the 10,000 tonne cruise ship ‘Le Boreal’. The ship reported suffering a major engine room fire, which caused the loss of all power and left the ship drifting. A north-westerly gale placed the ship in real danger of grounding on Cape Dolphin, East Falkland. The master ordered the ship, with 347 passengers and crew, to be abandoned early yesterday morning. Working closely with the Falkland Islands Government, British Forces enacted a major search and rescue plan.
Italy Rescues 1,800 Refugees, Five Bodies Recovered
Italy's navy said it rescued nearly 1,800 migrants in overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean over the weekend, and a merchant ship recovered five bodies from a sinking rubber raft off the coast of Libya. Calmer summer seas have led to a surge in people trying to reach Italy from North Africa. Italy has picked up more than 70,000 migrants so far this year in its search-and-rescue mission, called "Mare Nostrum" or "Our Sea". The number of dead is also rising. At the start of July, the UNHCR estimated 500 migrants had died in the Mediterranean in the past six months, compared to 700 during the whole of last year. A merchant ship rescued 61 migrants and collected five bodies from a sinking rubber raft late on Sunday after its position was signalled by the navy, said the force.
Italy: 900 Migrants Rescued at Sea, One Dead
More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said on Thursday. One body was recovered. All the rescues were carried out on Wednesday, the official said, with no details about the one death or the migrants' nationalities. No boats had yet been spotted on Thursday as sea conditions worsened, he said. With Libya engulfed in strife, people smugglers are increasingly free to pack migrants onto unsafe boats, and they are expected to push total arrivals in Italy for 2015 to 200,000, an increase of 30,000 on last year, according to an Interior Ministry projection.
Inmarsat C Celebrates 25 Years Saving Llives at Sea
Inmarsat has marked the 25th anniversary of Inmarsat C by revealing that more than 600 distress alerts from vessels in urgent need were broadcast over the service in 2015. The disclosure demonstrates how the decision made by IMO administrations requiring all ships of more than 300 gross tons to be fitted with a Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) remains pivotal in protecting lives at sea. Inmarsat is the only safety services provider in the world approved to deliver GMDSS under the rigorous International Convention for the Safety of Life At Sea requirements.
Italy Rescues 1,000 migrants at Sea, One Dies
Italian and merchant ships rescued around 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded skiffs near the coast of Libya and found one dead body, Italy's coast guard said. The migrants sent out a distress call by satellite phone on Friday and were being taken to ports in Sicily, the coast guard added in a statement, without giving details of their nationalities. Two other inflatable boats carrying 73 people -- identified as Syrians, Kurds and Somalis -- were intercepted by police off the Italian coast near Puglia, according to a separate statement from the police.