The beach of Paläo Faliro was reopened by the Greek minister Panagiotis Kouroublis on Oct 17 after the cleaning works following the loss of 2200 tons heavy fuel from the "Agia Zoni II" was completed. Also the situation off Salamina has improved, but 140 workes were still busy cleaning the beaches and rocks in the regions of Selinia, Limniona, Kynosouras and Agios Nikolaos.
Witnesses sought: Stones were thrown onto container ship from a bridge
On Oct 17, 2017, at 9.30 p.m. unknown persons threw stones from the railway bridge Hochdonn onto the "Emotion" which was transiting the Kiel Canal eastbound from Bremerhaven to Gdynia. The wheelhouse personal remarked loud noise on deck and saw three persons running over the bridge. The crew found several large stones on the poop and on the wheelhouse. The police was alerted but did not find anyone. Witnesses were asked to phone the police in Brunsbüttel: 04852/9000.
On Oct 17, 2017, around 9.30 a.m., the maritime prefecture of the English Channel and the North Sea was alerted by the CROSS Jobourg after one of the crew members of the "Presqu'île 2" suffered a hand injury about 12 miles off Carteret. Immediately, the CROSS Jobourg, after consulting the Maritime Medical Advisory Center in Toulouse and the Maritime Medical Coordination SAMU in Le Havre, deployed a Cayman helicopter of the French Navy base at Maupertus.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., the helicopter took off towards the fishing vessel. At 10:42 a.m., the patient was hoisted and transferred to the CHU of Caen where he was taken care of at 11:00 a.m.
French report with photo:
The "Ming An", 3.500 dwt (IMO: 8787446), with 14 Indonesian crew members on board issued a distress signal on Oct 18, 017, at 01.38 a.m. The crew abandoned the sinking ship 36 miles west of Kaohsiung in the Taiwan Strait. The MRCC launched an SAR operation, and patrol boats of the Coastguard located life rafts in the sea, from which 13 castaways were picked up. One crew member initially was missing but was found alive and rescued by a fishing vessel. The ship seemed to have been disabled after an engine failure and capsized in adverse weather, having been turned broadside to battering waves.
16 African stowaways were found inside a container aboard the "Panther" during unloading works by port workers at the APM Terminals in Algeciras on Oct 16, 2017. They probably saved the lives of the men from Ghana who had hidden inside the container for 10 days. The port workers heard voices from a Maersk container and alerted the ship's crew. The container was lifted free and the dehydrated men were found. The ship had sailed from Ghana on Oct 6. The police was called, but as the 16 men did not leave the ship, they were detained on board.
Danish report with photo and video:
The "Shin Wa" was disabled after n engine failure in the afternoon of Oct 17, 2017, in the Taiwan Strait in position 25 41N 120 33E, about 60 miles northwest of Taipei. A patrol boat was dispatched by the Taiwanese Coast Guard to assist the freighter, ETA 11.30 p.m.. The weather on site was adverse, and if the situation worsened, the master and owner were requested to contact the Chinese SAR for assistance.