Urk fishermen will start another search for the missing crew members of the "Morgenster" in the night from Feb 1 to Feb 2 in the English Channel. While the bodies of Bert Woort (45) from Urk and the Belgian Maurice Coussaert (64) were found by an English and a French lifeboat, the skipper Jan Kramer (29) from Urk and the Portuguese Americo Martins dos Santos (48), were still missing. Four ships will leave in the night to Feb 2 from Ostend and will be sweeping the bottom of the English Channel. They moreover hoped on the efforts of a Dutch naval vessel with sonar equipment.
In the morning of Jan 31, 2015, the "Umm Salal", coming from the Antwerp Gateway Terminal, ran aground on the river Scheldt near Lillo. The Container ship had öeft the Deurgang Dock at 8:40 a.m. and was turned towards the North Sea by two tugs when the engines failed and the heavily loaded vessel ran aground outside the shipping channel in the mud. Five additional URS-tugs were called to assist in a race against time as the tide would be receding at 10 a.m. The engine breakdown on board could be remedied and the ship was refloated at 9.20 a.m. After the incident the "Umm Salal" was pulled back to the PSA Deurganck Terminal to be inspected and berthed around 10.15 a.m.
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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 which sank in the night of Jan 21, was floating again.
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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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