The "Barrett" as been overtaken by pirates in the Bight of Benin with all of its crew. Shipowners Union Maritime confirmed the attack in their second statement since losing track of the ship's location when its AIS data stopped updating. The tanker was at anchor off Benin when it became subject of a Gulf of Guinea piracy attack on Jan 10. The safety of the crew has been its first priority throughout the search for the vessel and in attempting to bring the incident to a safe resolution.
The company was actively working with all relevant parties to ensure the situation is resolved “successfully and as quickly as possible. The "Barrett" was last heard from late Jan 9 when it was at anchor off Benin. Union Maritime alerted local maritime authorities and explored all possible options and efforts as they continuously monitored the situation. The primary concern is for the 22 crew on board and ensuring their safety.
The "Barrett" left an anchorage off the port of Lagos, Nigeria in the evening of Jan 5, proceeding west until it reached the vicinity of Lomé, Togo, on the morning of Jan 6. It departed the area in the afternoon of 8 January and was headed east until it abruptly turned to port, towards land in Cotonou, Benin when its AIS tracking data ceased updating.
Two boats, one of them with passengers of the "Costa Victoria", have crashed at the entrance to the Royal Phuket Marina in the channel on Jan 16, 2018. The "Pimracha" and "Sattakamol" collided just off the coast resulting in six injuries including one Thai man and five Italian tourists. The accident happened at the entrance to the channel leading to the Royal Phuket Marina at 4:30 p.m.
Two of the tourists have been sent to Vachira and Phuket International (Siriroj) Hospitals with serious injuries.
The accident happened in the Ao Sapam Channel, the entrance way to Royal Phuket Marina and Boat Lagoon. The group of eight tourist travelled to Phuket with the "Costa Victoria" and anchored in front of Patong Beach during the day and were in the speedboat "Satakamol" with other passengers.
Heading towards the RPM pier, another boat named "Pimracha 5" hit the boat resulting in the people being injured.
The boat drivers have been arrested for further investigation.
Report with photos:
In the foremidday of Jan 17 the "Halland" started moving on the grounding site in the foremidday of Jan 17. The plan to lighter the cargo onto other ships first and have the salvage done after that, was aborted in regard of possible propeller damage. The ship was then able back off with its own machine after emptying the ballast tanks. The ship's rudder works again. The "Halland" dropped anchore near the grounding site. Divers will investigate the hull during the day. There were 300 tons fuel in the bunker tanks.
Swedish report with photos:
(Oil And Chemical Tanker > Chemical Oil Products Tanker)
The "Sea Pioneer" which had sailed from Cuba to Amsterdam with a cargo of naphtha has been anchored in the Amerika Port since December 6, 2017, after a creditor had seized the ship. The 18 crew members from Pakistan and the Philippines have been stuck on board ever since but still have enough food until the end of January after the owner delivered some end of last week. They were still waiting for the salary. According to Trinity Ships Inc. the payments to the crew are processed before the end of the week. To save fuel and water, the men can only use hot water for one hour in the morning and in the afternoon. On board the crew is clothed in winter coats because only part of the ship is heated. The ship will remain in Amsterdam until it is sold.
The Canadian Transport Ministry fined the "Mississauga Express2 with 6.000 $ for transiting the western St. Lawrence Gulf too fast. The ship had sailed from Montreal on Jan 8, 2018. The speed in the region was restricted to 10 knots.
The "Ethane Opal", while manoeuvring close to four vessels, allided with two ferries at Qantara while transiting the Suez Canal, southbound, on Jan 15, 2018, at noon. The tanker was located 14 nautical miles from Ismailia, Suez Canal, in lat 30 49 23.89N, long 32 19 03.94E, at 8 p.m.