On Jan 24, 2015, the CROSS Antilles Guyane received a report from the "GDF Suez Boston" which had suffered mechanical damage. The tanker was transporting natural gas and was about 100 km off the north-eastern tip of the Pointe de la Caravelle and had a crew of 20 on board. The owner of the ship responded immediately by chartering two tugsto maintain the position and brought on board experts from Japan and Europe with the naval tug "Maiko". The CROSS Antilles Guyane kept regular contact with the ship to provide all necessary assistance.
In the afternoon of Jan 27, 2015, the "Aukra" encountered problems during an anchor manoever. When the crew pulled up the anchor it took with it a Telenor sea cable which was broken, leaving parts of Gossen without broadband and phone. 233 households were affected. Telenor was working to locate the fault and repair the damage. At 7.24 p.m. the ferry was back in service, but operated behind schedule.
Norwegian report with photo:
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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Four workers were crushed to death by a falling structure at a shipyard in Busan on Jan 21, 2015. The operator’s cabin attached to a 40-ton crane used for shipbuilding broke away around 9:46 a.m. The cabin fell about 20 meters and rolled over on its side, crushing one person inside and three people who were standing on top of it. Three of them died instantly with the remaining one being trapped under the debris for about two hours. The man was later pronounced dead. The victims were all in their late 50s or early 60s. They appeared to have been trying to take the crane apart to free up the space for other purposes. A total of five workers had been deployed, with four of them tasked with severing the link between the cabin and the crane. The fifth worker had stayed on the ground and survived. It appeared that they were trying to disconnect the cabin without proper safety equipment. The shipyard is owned by Geochung Shipbuilding Co. It had belonged to Dae Sun Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. until December 2014.