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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Vessel Sinks News

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.

Indian Navy Patrol Vessel Sinks

An Indian Navy patrol vessel sank off the coast of Goa after a collision with a merchant carrier, an official release said in New Delhi on Saturday. INS Prahar, a 450 ton vessel, sank just after midnight following a collision with the MV Rajiv Gandhi, a container carrier of the Shipping Corporation of India, 35 km west of Goa, it said. The collision occurred at about 21:45 hours on Friday night, the release said, adding damage to the merchant carrier was minimal and she had been anchored off the coast. Seventy-three crew members of the naval ship have been rescued. Six naval and two coast guard ships, one Dornier aircraft, two naval helicopters and merchant vessels have been deployed for search and rescue operations.

Houston Shipping Channel Reopens to All

Salvages crews recovered the tug vessel J.R. Nichols early the morning of Feb. 13, and the Houston Ship Channel was reopened at 1:15 p.m. to all traffic. The salvage vessel Big John hoisted the sunken 56-ft tug vessel from the Houston Ship Channel at 2 a.m. The J.R. Nichols sank in the ship channel Wednesday evening with five crew members onboard. Four of the five were recovered with minor injuries, while the fifth crew member was recovered deceased by salvage crews Feb. 11. The J.R. Nichols is currently moored near the Lyondell facility as the investigation continues into why the vessel sank. Absorbent boom has been deployed to contain the fuel that spilled from the tug, and while cleanup efforts continue. The cause of the vessels' sinking is under investigation.

Fishing Vessel Sinks Following Collision

Harvester, 73 miles South East of Sumburgh reporting that they were in need of urgent assistance following a collision with the supply vessel Strilmoey. vessel of Harvester called Ocean Harvest. pair trawling when the collision occurred. Harvester sank. The Ocean Harvest is underway to Peterhead. to Stavanger in Norway. calm seas and a slight sea swell.

Vessel Sinks, Eight Drown

At least eight crew members of a Panama-registered cargo ship drowned after the vessel sank off Japan on Sunday, the Japanese coastguard said on Monday. The 3,561-ton White Koowa, with a crew of two Japanese and 12 Filipinos, was carrying 3,000 tons of nickel ore when it sank off Kochi, about 335 miles southwest of Tokyo. Five crew were rescued on Monday and one Filipino crew member remained unaccounted for after the coastguard dispatched patrol boats and aircraft to the scene on Monday. The dead included the ship's captain and chief engineer, both Japanese. It was not known immediately why the ship went down. The White Koowa, which left Indonesia on December 26, had been due to arrive at a southwestern Japanese port on Monday. - (Reuters)

USCG Rescues 4 from Sunken Vessel

USCG photo

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew rescued four sports fishermen from a platform after their vessel sank about 41 miles east of Venice, La., Tuesday. Watchstanders at the 8th Coast Guard District received a call from one of the sports fishermen stating their vessel sank and they were on a platform. The watchstanders directed the launch of two Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews. The rescue crew arrived on scene at about 3:30 p.m., and hoisted the four fishermen. The helicopter crew flew the fishermen to the air station with no reported injuries.

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  

Seventeen Missing after Ship Sinks off Northeastern China

Eight North Korean sailors were rescued but 17 remain missing after their cargo vessel sank Tuesday off the coast of northeastern China, the Xinhua News Agency reported. The 3,000-ton cargo ship Ryong Ak San was carrying 25 crew members and 2,900 tons of ore when it sank Tuesday afternoon off the coast of China's city of Dalian, the report said, quoting the city's maritime rescue office. The Chinese maritime authorities continue to search for the missing crew members amid strong winds that hamper the operation, the report said, and the cause of the accident remains unknown. Source: Yonhap News

Somali Pirate Ship Victim: Latest Photo Update

M/V Albedo: Photo courtesy of EUNAVFOR

15 Crew members of the Malaysian-flagged MV Albedo remain unaccounted for after the vessel sank in an anhorage close to the Somali coast. 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 continuing to carry out a Search and Rescue operation to search for any survivors. The latest image of the sunken ship is shown.  

Russian Ship Saves Sinking Ship's Crew

Fire broke out on a Syrian ship in international waters off Cyprus, forcing its crew to evacuate before the vessel sank early on Monday, authorities in Cyprus said. Search and rescue coordinators said they had received distress signals from the Syrian-flagged Ahssan II on Sunday night that the ship was burning 62 nautical miles (115 kilometers) southeast of Larnaca. A Russian vessel in the vicinity responded to radio appeals for aid and saved the ship's crew. All 10 were reportedly picked up.

Fishing Vessel Sinks in Alaska

F/V Ocean Hope I rolled over and sank 15 miles east of Kodiak Island, Alaska. A local fishing vessel rescued the four uninjured crewmembers. The vessel had 6,000 gal. of fuel on board, however, no pollution was sighted.

Coast Guard Rescues Three After Vessel Sinks

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans rescued three men after they beached their vessel to prevent it from sinking one mile south of Shell Beach on the Miss. River Gulf Outlet. Once on-scene, the crew lowered a rescue swimmer to the shoreline to assess the condition of the three men and to prepare them for hoisting. The crew hoisted the mariners with the rescue basket and transported them to Air Station New Orleans where they awaited further transportation.

Vessel Sinks Off U.K., Crew Rescued

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Press Release

Crews Safe After Two Fishing Boats Sink

liferaft from the 55-foot fishing vessel Elizabeth Helen, homeported in West Kingston, R.I., is shown after two fishermen were rescued three miles northeast of Block Island, R.I.

In two different northeastern states, five fishermen are safe after their vessels sank this past weekend. During separate events, the fishermen were transported safely back to shore by Coast Guard rescue crews from Rhode Island and New York. In each case, the fishermen were able to alert rescue crews and enter their vessels' life rafts before the vessels sank. Saturday, the crew of the West Kingston, R.I.,-based fishing vessel Elizabeth Helen was hauling in their catch when the vessel sank three miles northeast of Block Island, R.I.

Five Fishermen rescued off Balbriggan Coast

Five crew members have been rescued from a fishing vessel that got into difficulties off Balbriggan shortly after 5.15 this morning. The Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter, RNLI units from Skerries, Howth and Clogherhead and Skerries Coast Guard unit all participated in an operation coordinated by the Coast Guard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in Dublin. Despite efforts to avert onboard flooding, using pumps supplied by the Coast Guard and RNLI the vessel sunk shortly after 8 am. The crew despite the ordeal are reported to be in good spirits.  

Catfish Fleet 32 Aground on Sabine Jetties

A 406 MHz EPIRB alert was detected for 66-ft. F/V Catfish Fleet 32. The F/V was aground on the Sabine jetties and its crew was firing flares. Within 20 minutes, the vessel sank. A Coast Guard Station (CGSTA) Sabine utility boat (UTB) recovered all four crewmembers in good condition.

Sunken Russian Ship Fined $6.3 Million for Pollution

An Iranian court fined the owner of a sunken Russian ship $6.3 million for polluting the marine environment, Reuters reported. Captain Sakharov, a Russian merchant vessel, sank 30 miles south of Lavan island in the Gulf in 1993, after leaked chemicals caused an explosion on board. The ship's cargo of chemicals heavily polluted Iran's territorial waters and caused widespread death of fish and other marine life.

Shipwreck Causes Oil Spill

The California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) stated that the U.S. Coast Guard and the OSPR have confirmed that an intermittent oil spill in San Mateo vicinity has been traced to the SS JACOB LUCKENBACH. The vessel sank on July 14, 1953 approximately seven miles southwest of the San Francisco Lightship after colliding with the SS HAWAIIAN PILOT. The Coast Guard's original Report of Investigation reveals that the collision was caused, in part, by poor use of radar. Source: HK Law

Migrant Vessel Sinks off Greece, 34 Dead

At least 34 people, including 11 children, drowned when their wooden vessel sank off a Greek island close to Turkey on Friday, the Greek coastguard said, in what was thought to be one of the worst accidents involving migrants in months. The Greek coastguard said casualties included 16 women, 11 children and 7 men. Twenty six people were rescued, a spokeswoman said. In a separate incident overnight, eight people drowned off the island of Farmakonisi. Reporting By Renee Maltezou

DonJon Marine Completes Atlantic Traveler Salvage

On May 11, the 70-ft fishing boat Atlantic Traveler sank after hitting the South Jetty of Manasquan Inlet off Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Three crewmen onboard were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel sank outside the south Jetty in an Ocean Environment in an upside down position. After more than three weeks of inclement weather, Donjon  Marine was able to mobilize its 400-ton capacity Derrick barge Columbia, NY  from its home base in Port Newark, New Jersey to perform the wreck removal  of the vessel.

USCG Rescues 8 in Kaiwi Channel

Kaiwi Channel  Rescue

The Coast Guard rescued eight people after their vessel sank in Kaiwi Channel, Molokai, Sunday. Watchstanders at Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received an unregistered signal for possible persons in distress approximately 12 miles west of Molokai. The JRCC launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to search the area. Shortly after the initial unregistered signal notification, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a call from a father stating his son and seven others were in distress in the vicinity of the signal.

Owner Liable for Failure to Maintain Pier

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a jury verdict awarding damages to a vessel owner for the sinking of the vessel resulting from negligent maintenance of a pier at which the vessel was docked. In the instant case, the city had assumed control over the pier which looking for a new operator. The city undertook no inspections or maintenance activities during this period. A fishing vessel was docked at the pier. During the night, an exposed bolt on one of the pilings pierced the hull of the vessel and the vessel sank. The appellate court found there was sufficient evidence of negligence on the part of the pier owner to sustain the jury’s finding of liability. F/V Sailor Incorporated v. City of Rockland, No. 05-1141 Source: HK Law

Fishermen Rescued After Boat Sinks

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis rescued three shrimp fishermen this morning at about 8:00 from the fishing vessel Dona Nelly after being in the water for 45 minutes when their vessel sank 15 miles off the coast of Brownsville, Texas. The Thetis, a 270-foot cutter, was patrolling off the coast of Texas when it received word that a shipboard distress signal had been activated in the area. When crew of the Thetis arrived on scene, they found a debris field more than a mile in diameter filled with diesel fuel and the remnants of the fishing vessel. The three crewmembers were found huddled together, hanging onto the hatch of a fish hold. The three fishermen, aged 53, 23, and 20 were recovered with minor injuries and were treated for shock.

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