On Feb 17, 2017, the "Keswick", enroute from Puerto Moin to Puerto Cortes, assisted the Eastern Passage sailor Peter Henneberry, 60, who was attempting to sail his 11-metre-long sloop "Wanderer" from Roatan to Cartagena, Colombia. Trouble started when another boat making the passage with him experienced engine troubles. He decided to turn around to Roatan and get it fixed. On the way back, he lost his rudder. It rudder broke off right at the bottom of the boat, at the bottom of the transom. With winds blowing about 45 kilometres an hour, Henneberry put out a mayday call for help on his radio with his boat laying on her side. The "Keswick" answered the call and attempted to tow him to safety. But the tanker was too powerful, threatening to tear boat apart up forward because it was see-sawing with no rudder. And so the skipper had let the tanker go.
A couple of hours later, another boat showed up and the crew promised to tow the "Wanderer" to Guanaja, an island off Honduras. The wind was still blowing hard and seas were nearly two metres high when the tow line parted in the dark near Guanaja. A Honduran navy boat then took the yacht under tow andpulled it within 50 feet of the outside of the reef and let it go. Henneberry was told that he was inside of the reef, to drop the anchor. But a few seconds later, the "Wanderer" was blown on top of a coral reef. The small, open naval vessel returned about half an hour later, only to be washed up on the reef as well. Henneberry was taken ashore in another boat and went to a hotel. And they all stayed on my boat all night long. The Honduran sailors took shelter in the "Wanderer"’s cockpit during the night because it offered more protection from the weather.
The breakers were going right over the top, but with the cockpit covers down, they were sheltered and dry. The 37-year-old sailing vessel, a Cherubini Hunter 36, was towed off on Feb 18 at 1 p.m. at about 1 o’clock in the afternoon, and docked on the small island Bonacca off Guanaja where the skipper was trying to arrange things to get the boat repaired. Henneberry has raised almost $4,000 through a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/...) to get the work done.
He ordered a new rudder from a company in Florida and is waiting for it to be delivered before he gets the boat hauled out of the water to see the damage below the waterline. The propellers have been destroyed. But he had a spare set which fere already fixed. A small pinhole was fixed with a screw in it and stopped the water ingress. Henneberry also needs to fix a broken side stay that snapped when his boat was pulled off the reef. Now he’s trying to figure out how to access the money raised by his GoFundMe appeal.Once the funds of $4,000 have been transferred, they should cover the repairs entirely.
The solo sailor made his way south by transiting from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts, then down the eastern seaboard, before hopping across to the Bahamas from North Carolina.
The trip has taken him to Cuba, Mexico and Guatemala. His plan now was just to keep sailing. Henneberry, a former Canadian Coastguard deckhand, lives on a small pension.
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Eberswalde man suspected of murder remains in custody
A judge in Rome has ruled that a father of two will remain in custody due to suspect behavior after he returned from a Mediterranean cruise on the "MSC Magnifica" without his wife. Daniel Belling, a 45-year-old German man from Eberswalde who resides in Dublin, was arrested shortly after disembarking an 11-day cruise in Civitavecchia with just his two children, aged six and four, and not his Chinese-born wife, Li Yinglei. Belling was apprehended at Rome’s Ciampino Airport while waiting for a flight home to Dublin with his two boys,. Belling never reported Yinglei as missing during the cruise, which departed on Feb. 9 from Civitavecchia and stopped in other Italian ports of call, as well as Malta, Greece and Cyprus before returning on Feb. 20. During a hearing on Feb 24, Belling and his defense lawyer Luigi Conti offered an explanation for his behavior. According to Belling, Yinglei was not enjoying the family vacation, so sometime between stops in Malta and Greece, she informed him that she wanted off the ship. Once in Greece, Belling said Yinglei opted to stay on the ship while he and their children went sightseeing in Katakolon-- but when they returned, she was nowhere to be found.
At the hearing, the father-of-two claimed that he didn’t report his wife missing because she has a history of doing this kind of thing — she left a previous vacation early, he says — and assumed she was already on her way home to Dublin.
Trawler fished WW II-bomb and assisted in disposal
An explosive device, which was thought to be dating from World War II, was dragged up by the nets of the "Mar Salgado" on Feb 27, 2017, at 9 a.m. It was dismantled and detonated at sea by the Navy, 1000 meters away from the coast near Nazaré by the Sapadores Divers Detachment of the Navy at 4.30 p.m. The dismantling operation was prepared on shore and was assisted by the "Mar Salgado", which carried the bomb back to the waters iff Nazaré, assisting with cranes by dumping the bomb in a water depth of 20 meters. The movement of the trawler was accompanied by launches of the Maritime Police and the Life-Saving Station of Nazaré, and the detonation was carried out in an area with a security perimeter of 1,000 meters.
The highly corrosed bomb had more than 202 kilos of H6, an explosive equivalent to 600 kilos of TNT [trinitrotoluene]. Half an hour later two reconnaissance dives were made, and the complete destruction was confirmed. By 6 p.m. all the material used in the operation was collected and the divers returned to Lisbon.
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In the port of Sète, the "Charles Gilberte II - ST.900283", 134 gt, crashed into the trawler "Stéphane Cardone - ST.819573", 100 gt, which was brought in motion and struck the 12-m-f/v"Cécile Marion" that ended up sinking at the Aspiran Herbert Dock in the city centre on Feb 27, 2017, at 3 a.m. The accident happened following a false maneuver, when the "Charles-Gilberte II", which was docked right in front of the Regional Center of Contemporary Art, sailed into the stern of the "Stéphane-Cardone - . No one was hurt. The fire rescue laid out an anti pollution barrier to prevent the diesel escaping from the small craft to spread in the canal. The "Stéphane Cardone" was dry-docked to assess the damage. A crane would have to raise the "Cécile Marion".
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In the port of Sète, the trawler "Charles Gilberte II" crashed into the "Stéphane Cardone" which struck the 12-m-fishing boat "Cécile Marion" that ended up sinking at the Aspiran Herbert Dock in the city centre on Feb 27, 2017, at 3 a.m. The accident happened following a false maneuver, when the "Charles-Gilberte II - ST.900283", 134 gt (MMSI-No.: 228242800), which was docked right in front of the Regional Center of Contemporary Art, sailed into the stern of the "Stéphane-Cardone - ST.819573", 100 gt. No one was hurt. The fire rescue laid out an anti pollution barrier to prevent the diesel escaping from the small craft to spread in the canal. The "Stéphane Cardone" was dry-docked to assess the damage. A crane would have to raise the "Cécile Marion".
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Milkyway did not allide with bridge as initially suspected
The "Milkyway", 2432 ts (EU-No.: 02325012), was stopped by the Dutch police in Gaarkeuken near Gronigen on Feb 26, 2017, under the suspicion of having allided with the bridge over the Nije Wittering at Oude Schouw between Akkrum and Jirnsum and having fled from the scene. Witnesses had alerted the authorities after having remarked that the ship had stopped underneath the bridge and thought that it had got stuck with the upper containers at the construction, leaving the place later without informing the authorities. Inspectors of Rijkswaterstaat investigated the bridge and found it undamaged. It turned out that the ship's master Johan Korterink had stopped his ship half way under the bridge when he feared that the cargo might be too high to pass. So he increased the draught by taking on ballast water and was then able to pass without touching the bridge and continue the voyage from Lelystad to Leeuwarden.
Conveyor belt loading Jobst Oldendorff caught fire in Port Arthur
On Feb 27, 2017, a conveyer belt fire near the "Jobst Oldendorff" at the Port Arthur Refinery west caught fire. The conveyor belt was loading a silo with 10,000 tons of wood pellets caught fire. Port Arthur firefighters arrived to the scene at 3 p.m. jointly with authorities from the Port Arthur Police Department and tamed the fire after about 1,5 hours. City of Beaumont firefighters also assisted putting out the flames. Port officials released its personnel working in that area in case of an explosion and longshoremen stopped loading in the area. The fire at the Port of Port Arthur is now contained and did not spread to the warehouse. The ship crew had a supervisor on fire watch tonight to make sure the conveyer belt did not flare up again. Fire watchers with both the Port of Port Arthur and the fire department also remained on duty around the clock keeping an eye on the situation. It was believed the fire's origin was electrical. A spark set the wood on the belt on fire. The silo, one of five into which the ship was scheduled to offload 50,000 tons of wood pellets, was three-quarters full at the time of the fire. The silo was at the front end of the ship, about 600 feet from the fuel, which reduced the chance of a blast. Everything was on fire on the belt, in the hole of the ship and the belt made out of rubber, which caused big black smoke. The fire was not expected to have any impact on the port itself.
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The Coast Guard medevaced a toddler from the "Liberty of the Seas" approximately 95 nautical miles southwest of Southwest Pass, Louisiana on Feb 27, 2017. The Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call at approximately 6:30 a.m. reporting a three-year-old suffering from a potential severe chest infection. A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 helicopter aircrew, and a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew launched to assist.
The helicopter aircrew arrived on scene and transferred the survivor, nurse, and parent to Children’s Hospital of New Orleans at 3:15 p.m.