Bulkcarrier accused of hit and run accident by North Korea
The "Hignya" was accused to have collided with the North Korean fishing vessel Turubong 3" on Oct 1, 2015, at 1.25 a.m. The f/v which was belonging to the Foreign Trade Administration Bureau of North Hamgyong Province and was conducting a fishing operation suffered significant damage, five sailors were reported injured. The bulker left the scene. The company would not confirm if the vessel had collided with the fishing vessel, saying only that a Taiwanese surveyor was scheduled to board the ship after it reached Kaohsiung on Oct 5. The captain was not aware of a collision. The owners have acknowledged the concerned departments to make contact with ship’s insurance company, to clarify what really happened.
Tsavliris Salvage rendered assistance after explosion
The "Fair Afroditi" was one of the ships contributing to a busy 3rd quarter 2015. The tanker suffered significant damage following an explosion during tank cleaning while she was off Lome, on Aug 14. Severe structural damage was sustained, flooding of the engine room and cargo tanks occurred and the casualty listed about 18 degrees to port. The entire crew abandoned the casualty. Prior the incident the vessel was proceeding to Lome anchorage for STS loading.
On Aug 15, Tsavliris Salvage deployed the "Ratcel J"and the AHTS “The Guardian” to provide assistance. On Aug 16 a Tsavliris Salvage team (comprising of a salvage master, salvage engineers and riggers) was mobilised from Greece to Lome as well as suitable salvage equipment.
Messrs. OMA GROUP were appointed as agents for Tsavliris, whilst the SRN GROUP were appointed to provide diving services.
The Tsavliris Salvage team boarded the vessel on Aug 17 and remained until Sep 8 . During this time the team managed to stabilise the vessel by undertaking the following:
-Correcting the vessel’s list and trim by transferring ballast and removing oily water and bunkers.
-Making the hull, pump room and engine room watertight by sealing the sea chests and overboards, closing sea valves internally and sealing the cargo pumps.
-Removing all bunkers, oily water, lubricating oil (about 215 m3) and paints from the vessel.
-Stripping the engine room tanks, pump room bilges and slop tanks.
-Removing provisions and sealing the fridges.
The salvage services were completed on Sep 8. The Tsavliris Salvage team continued providing services under a Care Taking Arrangement signed on Sep 9 . A skeleton salvage team remains in attendance and the tug “The Guardian" remained standing by providing basic essential services until the vessel’s final disposal.
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Cruse lines with itineraries from Port Canaveral and other East Coast ports whose ships have scheduled stops in the Bahamas have been scrambling to change their itineraries to avoid Hurricane Joaquin.
Among them are five Port Canaveral-based ships — Carnival Cruise Lines' Sensation, Sunshine and Valor, and Disney Cruise Line's Dream and Fantasy.
Generally, the ships are replacing a Bahamas port-of-call with a stop at another port or a day at sea, although the Sunshine is making a more drastic change.
There have been no reports of cruise lines canceling any cruises, according to a database compiled by the widely followed Cruise Critic website.
Cruise Critic reports that ships operated by five cruise lines — Carnival, Crystal, Disney, Norwegian and Princess — have switched up itineraries to avoid Joaquin..
"This does happen every year" during hurricane season, said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. "And it causes anxiety and angst for people" who have scheduled a cruise.
But Brown said those concerns may be overblown.
"The best thing about a cruise during a hurricane event is the ship can move out of the way," Brown said.
The ports of call may change, but rarely is a cruise canceled entirely, she said. www.floridatoday....
On Sep 28, 2015, a crane collapsed aboard the Ravestein-barge "Skyline Barge 22", 882 gt (IMO: 9736937) in the Waalhaven in Rotterdam. The crane operator was unhurt but on the ground one person was seriously injured and taken to a hospital after having been resuscitated. Another man was slightly injured. The accident happened around 2.45 p.m. during operations at the Broekman Project Services. The crane was busy hoisting a floodgate when the boom cracked. The crane was welded onto a pontoon and formed a fixed structure. Police have cordoned off the area. The Dutch Safety Board and the Labour Inspectorate were investigating the accident.
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