The "Bonay" which had come from Vierow to Rostock on Jan 27, 2015, was detained by the water police in Rostock during a control on Jan 28 due to a number of significant safety defiencies. The GMDSS was not working, alarm systems for water ingress and fire were faulty too and disabled by the crew which also reported about repeated water ingress at the rudder gear. The ship was arrested by the responsible authorities for transport and traffic on Jan 29.
On Jan 27, 2015, the "Hanøy" was sent from Stokmarknes to the Marhaug slip in Svolvær after having encountered engine trouble during its service in the Raft Sound between Stokmarknes and Kaljor. The ship suffered gear trouble and the fault which appeared about one week ago needed to be repaired which could take up to four days. The "Høykongen" was inserted as a replacement ferry.
The wreck of the sunken "Ninive" was pumped out on Jan 28, 2015, by forces of the THW and the "Stadtwerke". Draining works started at 2 p.m. , and a tractor pulled the galeas upright with a towing wire at the mast. Around 4 p.m. the THW arrived with 17 men and eight more mobile pumps with a capcity of 6000 liters per minute each. At 5.15 p.m. the ship was floating again.
German report with photo and video:
The "Omanda" was successfully raised from the water alongside the fisheries quay of Merlus Seafood Processors on Jan 18 around midnight. The "Omanda" has been towed to the small-craft harbour in the port of Walvis Bay on Jan 19 and repair work was soon to start to the vessel on the Walvis Bay syncrolift. The tugboat sank after it hit a sandbank in the fisheries harbour. The crippled tug was ordered to sail to the nearest quayside which at the time was the fisheries quay of Merlus Seafood Processor. The vessel settled alongside on the bottom 11 p.m. with her wheelhouse still above the water surface. On Jan 14 salvage teams started to prepare the vessel to be raised to the surface by sealing the hull and hull doors and pumping all water from the vessel. But on Jan 16 at 2 p.m. something went wrong and the vessel capsized and sank again. This time, the vessel settled on her portside with the wheelhouse also submerged. Within 60 hours, salvage teams again ensured the vessel was sealed and pumping operations resulted in the vessel being fully re-floated by midnight on Sunday. On Jan 19 the vessel was towed to the small-craft harbour. During the past few days investigators inspected the vessel and it was ensured she was prepared to be pulled out of the water at the Walvis Bay syncrolift for a refit which is expected to run into tens of millions of Namibian Dollar. Meanwhile it was reported that an underwater survey, as well as physical inspection by divers, revealed the "Omanda" struck a sandbank where the fisheries channel and the fishing harbour meets.
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