The bodies of two of the four missing fishermen of the "Olívia Ribau" have been found by divers inside the wreck on Oct 8. The divers continued looking into the dragnet. The naval forces were trying to remove the vessel out of the navigation channel to Cabedelinho because the bar was blocked. The funeral of the fisherman, found late on Oct 6 took place in the Chapel of St. Peter (Cova) at 5 p.m.
The "Al Oraiq" was seized by the Federal Public Service Mobility in Zeebrugge for the necessary investigations of the collision with the "Flinterstar". The ship was moved to another berth so that no operations of Fluxys LNG terminal were compromised.
During oil loading operations onto the "Hilda Knutsen" at the buoy OLS B in the Statoil Field in the North Sea an oil spill was discovered between the Statfjord A and Statfjord B platforms on Oct 8, 2015. The loading of the tanker was stopped and the supply to the pipe and the cargo loading system of Statfjord A has been closed. The production at Statfjord A was functioning normally. The leak was traced in a flange of the loading hose. It was still too early to say how much oil has leaked. A standby vessel with oil Containment equipment and an anchor handling vessel, equipped with an ROV, were on site. An SAR helicopter also assisted in monitoring the spill. The relevant authorities have been informed.
Swiss-based Allseas has confirmed that the delivery of the "Pioneering Spirit" (ex-Pieter Schelte), will be delayed until first half of 2016. The ship has been in Rotterdam since January 2015 for final construction after arriving from the DSME shipyard in South Korea, where the vessel had been under construction since at least 2010. The final phase of construction involves the 65-meter long beams of the topside lift system. Offshore operations for the Pioneering Spirit were scheduled to commence in summer 2015 for Shell UK, tasked with the the removal, transportation and load-in to shore of the topsides and steel jackets of three of Shell’s Brent platforms in the UK North Sea. This had to be postponed until the first half of 2016 with the removal of the Yme topsides in the Norwegian North Sea for Yme field operator Talisman. The delay was being caused by late deliveries of components for the topsides lift system beams, and the fact that the installation and commissioning of the system is more complex than originally anticipated. “The installation and commissioning of the topsides lift system beams will be completed during the winter of 2015/2016, after which the lifting system will be tested at sea.
After the sinking of the "Haidar", the 28 crew members of the vessel were in the custody of the Federal Police. The beach of Conde in Barcarena, northeast of Pará, was barred for the public and any activities by the environmental authorities because of an oil spill, caused by the sinking of the "Haidar". According to the Companhia Docas do Pará (CDP), the vessel was carrying about 730 tons of fuel. Buoys were laid out to contain the oil spill, which already causes a pollution on the Pará river. Oil could also reach other beaches. The oil containment was not done effectively. The oil slick has already arrived in the region's beaches. Removal of the vessel was expected to be completed within 40 days.
On Oct 7 a meeting took place at Vila do Conde with local, state and federal authorities. Envoronmental authorities set up a plan that could reduce the environmental damage.
The superintendent of the Brazilian Institute of Environment (IBAMA) in Pará, Alex Lacerda, was upset because the companies responsible for transport and the animals have not taken any action to rescue the few animals that escaped alive. The companies Minerva Foods, Serveporte e Global Agência Marítima and Companhia de Docas do Pará have up to five days to provide an explanation. According to the IBAMA, just over 100 oxen were rescued alive. Most drowned and many animals could not survive because they were trapped inside the holds of the ship. Divers were called to Vila do Conde in order to assess the situation of the ship and study how the dead cattle may be removed. Some hours after the accident, dead animals began to drift onto the beach in Vila do Conde.
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Repair of the damage suffered in the allision of the "Marstal" with a concrete platform off Svenborg was in full swing since she has been docked in its homeport. The ferry was out of operation until Oct 11. Right now workers were in the process of cutting steel, and large parts of the hull plating on starboard side and frames were removed, and on Oct 7 the ferry was drydocked.
In all likelihood oil will wash up on the beaches between Blankenberge and the Dutch border after the wind has turned and oil started leaking again from the “Flinterstar” on Oct 8 at 1 a.m. A dam was built to protect the nature reserve Zwin. The fire brigade was monitoring the beaches of Blankenberge, De Haan, Knokke and Zeebrugge. Along the Dutch coast oil may drift ashore between Westkapelle and Flushing. Around 40 oiled birds have been found so far. Flinter Barenderecht has contracted the Rotterdam-based companies Boskalis and Smit with the oil removal from the water and draining the tanks of the "Flinterstar". Actually there were three oil spill vessels around the wreck to contain the oil. Vessels on scene were the “Arca”, “Hebo Cat 7”, “Interballast 1”, “P902 BNS Pollux”, “SPN 09”, “Union Emerald” and “Zeehond”. Only when the oil is removed, the salvage of the ship may start. The salvage of the ship was found to be more complex than first thought, as the ship was in worse shape than previously assumed and has deteriorated so that oil also was leaking from the foreship now. Work was expected to last until the end of the month. Possibly the vessel will have to be removed in pieces. The bow of the tanker "Al Oraiq" had penetrated seven meters deep into the aft. However, the risk of the "Flinterstar" breaking in two was regarded as slim.
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The Coast Guard suspended the search for possible survivors from the "El Faro" on Oct 7 at sunset. Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Air National Guard and tugs searched more than 183,000 square nautical miles off the Bahamian coast in a joint effort to locate the crew. U.S. Coast Guard, U.S Navy, U.S. Air Force, and the Tote Maritime tug crews searched day and night, sometimes in perilous conditions with the hope of finding survivors in this tragic loss. Apart from a deceased person in a survival suit, a heavily damaged life boat with markings consistent with those on board the "El Faro", a partially submerged life raft, a survival suit, life jackets, life rings, cargo containers, Styrofoam, packaged food and an oil sheen were located.
The crew of the SS "El Faro" as provided by Tote Maritime:
Louis Champa, Palm Coast, Florida
Roosevelt Clark, Jacksonville, Florida
Sylvester Crawford Jr. Lawrenceville, Georgia
Michael Davidson Windham, Maine
Brookie Davis Jacksonville, Florida
Keith Griffin Fort Myers, Florida
Frank Hamm Jacksonville, Florida
Joe Hargrove Orange Park, Florida
Carey Hatch Jacksonville, Florida
Michael Holland North Wilton, Maine
Jack Jackson Jacksonville, Florida
Jackie Jones, Jr. Jacksonville, Florida
Lonnie Jordan Jacksonville, Florida
Piotr Krause Poland
Mitchell Kuflik Brooklyn, New York
Roan Lightfoot Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Jeffrey Mathias Kingston, Massachusetts
Dylan Meklin Rockland, Maine
Marcin Nita Poland
Jan Podgorski Poland
James Porter Jacksonville, Florida
Richard Pusatere Virginia Beach, Virginia
Theodore Quammie Jacksonville, Florida
Danielle Randolph Rockland, Massachusetts
Jeremie Riehm Camden, Delaware
Lashawn Rivera Jacksonville, Florida
Howard Schoenly Cape Coral, Florida
Steven Shultz Roan Mountain, Tennessee
German Solar-Cortes Orlando, Florida
Anthony Thomas Jacksonville, Florida
Andrzej Truszkowski Poland
Mariette Wright St. Augustine, Florida
Rafal Zdobych Poland
The following search-and-rescue units and crews assisted with the search:
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida HC-130 Hercules airplane crews
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews
Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina HC-130 Hercules airplane crews
Coast Guard Cutter Northland, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia
Coast Guard Cutter Resolute a 210-foot medium endurance cutter, homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida
Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton, homeported in Key West, Florida
Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
Air National Guard HC-130 airplane crews from the 106th Rescue Wing, Westhampton Beach, New York
Air Force WC-130 Super Hercules crews from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi
Navy P-8 Poseidon airplane crews from Naval Air Station Jacksonville
Air Force E-8C Joint Stars crews from the 116th Air Control Wing, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia
Three commercial tugboats
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The "Norvarg", while being engaged in bunkering Russian fishing vessels in the Barents Sea, got its propeller fouled in fishing nets on Oct 7, 2015, and went adrift with a crew of nine on board, among them one Russian, in pos. 69 35N 041 50E, about 190 miles east of Murmansk. There was contact with the vessel, and the situation was under control. The "Norvarg” hade electricity, fuel, water and supplies. But the situation could become worse because of the weather. On site were adverse weather conditions with wind up to 18 meters/sec. The Russian salvage tug "Purga" (IMO: 7515195) left Murmansk at 5 p.m. and was expected to reach the "Norvag" on Oct 8 around 1 p.m. It was the first time in 20 years that a Russian rescue crew went out to help Norwegian sailors.