Engine oil has begun leaking from the grounded I"Srikandi 151" which was driven ashore by heavy seas in Narathiwat in November and was washed up on Narathat beach on Dec 12 after having been anchored 400 meters off the shore.
The stern of the vessel which carried 2.7 million litres of palm oil, was awash and apparently punctured by the coastal rocks off the beach in Muang Narathiwat district. Attempts to salvage the ship have been unsuccessful for three days and hampered by bad weather. Engine oil was spreading out. It was feared the tanks might be breached. Report with photo:
Marjanic recovered one man lost over board from fellow trawler
45 nautical miles west of the island of Oléron the "Marjanic" raised alert at the CROSS Etel on Dec 18 around 3:45 a.m. after two crew members of the trawler "La Nioulargue" from Oléron fell into the sea. Seven ships immediately headed to the area, and after 25 minutes one of the two victims was pulled aboard the "Médéluc".
50 minutes after the alert, the second man was found by the "Marjanic". When he was retrieved he was unconscious. At 4.45 a.m. after a conference call between the center of maritime medical consultation Toulouse, the Cross Etel, and the owner of "Marjanic" a helicopter evacuation of the man was decided. A Dauphin helicopter of the Navy base in La Rochelle took off at 5 a.m. with a team of the emergency room in La Rochelle on board. 27 minutes later, a diver and a physician were hoisted on board, on the deck of the "Marjanic" which was a delicate maneuver performed in 30 to 40 km/h winds. Despite their efforts, they could not save the life of the man. On Dec 18 at 11 a.m. the body was taken to the port of Cotinière. Regarding the cause of the accident, it may have been a hydraulic problem which forced a move to bring the trawl aboard. When the rope swept the deck, the two sailors were thrown overboard.
The "Isamar" which wrecked off the coast of Corsica on Aug 17, 2013, after hitting the reefs of Olmeto, was recovered from a water depth of 54 meters off Bonifacio. The salvage operation was hampered by bad weather encountered in the recent weeks. A towed barge has been used to lift the wreckage that weighed 100 tons. Road works carried out in the center of Ajaccio preventing the transit to the land site selected for deconstruction, so the Navy agreed, exceptionally, the transfer of the wreck to the naval base Aspretto to be dismantled.
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Jan Geluk, the master of the "Torenvalk" died in an accident on Dec 18, 2014, in the IJsselmeer Port in Rotterdam. He fell from a container into the cargo hold of his ship and deceased immediately. Emergency services in vain tried to resuscitate the 36-year-old man. The Inspectorate SZW was investigating the circumstances of the accident.
A fishing vessel was in collision with the "Pacific Ocean", which was coming from Monfalcone, on Dec 17, 2014, around 7 p.m. LT between Tremiti Islands and Pelagosa Island in the Adriatic Sea. The fishing vessel was damaged, but remained afloat and managed to reach a port, no injures were reported. The bulk carrier remained on site in case emergency assistance was required, until the f/v was safe, and then resumed its voyage.
The third officer of the "Spirit of Manila", a Filipino national, drowned in the night of Dec 18, 2014, in the Manila Bay after he fell overboard. Two hours after the alarm was raised the body of the man was found and recovered. The ship had come from Shanghai.
The "Malaysia Express 1" started to sink on Dec 18, 2014, at 1.15 p.m. LT en route from Malacca Malaysia to Dumai Indonesia, Malacca Strait, with 171 passengers on board, due to water ingress in the aft section. All passengers were rescued by nearby fishing vessels and the police boat "Satpolair Bengkalis" at 6.20 p.m. They were taken to Dumai aboard the "Indomal 3". The vessel remained afloat in pos. 101.32.6' N 02.18.1 E. At 12:25 p.m. the "Malaysia Express 1" had sailed from Porck Dicson to Dumai. The ferry was grounded in shallows off Pulau Rupat, Kabupaten Bengkalis.
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Coconuts in one of the containers on board of the "Bremen Express", which was docked at Global Terminal on the Jersey City/Bayonne, New York, caught fire on Dec 18, 2014, around 2 p.m. The fire also spread to the next container. Jersey City Fire Department land and marine units were engaged in firefighting, extinguishing the fire by 5.30 p.m. Both containers were offloaded and placed on a pier. The flames on the second container had not spread to its contents. Jersey City Fire Department land and marine units put out the fire and hazmat equipment was brought to the scene while officials were trying to determine what was inside the burning containers. The coconut charcoal is used as a flavoring. The cause of the fire appears to have been accidental.
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Al Safat said to be vessel which sank the "Badr Islam"
Unconfirmed information pointed out that the "Al Safat" was the vessel involved in the collision with the Egyptian fishing vesse "Badr Islam", with 40 or 45 people on board, early in the morning Dec 14, 2014, in Gulf of Suez between Ras Ghareb and Tor Sinai port, some 50 kilometers from Hurghada port. 13 people were rescued, 13 dead bodies recovered, the remainder of the crew was missing. The collision took place in the dawn. The Kuwaiti container ship’s captain and first officer have been both detained for four days. Preliminary reports showed that the fishing vessel had capsized following the collision with the Kuwaiti ship, which had just passed through the Suez Canal and was heading south. S source told that the cargo ship was sailing in her right course and speed when the fishing boat cut her way. The cargo ship went hard to port in attempt to avoid the clash but unfortunately hit the fishing boat with her aft. The master of the cargo ship was informed by the officer on board about the incident. He contacted VTS Ras Gharibtelling them he suspected they had hit a boat. Since no distress call was received, the cargo ship was allowed to continue and was arrested upon her arrival in Safaga Port wherer The ship’s crew was under questioning by the prosecutor.
Meanwhile, the death toll of the collision has risen to 17 as rescuers retrieved four more bodies from the sunken ship. The small fishing vessel had 44 men on board.
On Dec 18, 2014, at 7.40 p.m. the "Sultamahmet", 1065 gt (IMO: 9415519) was in collision with the Belize-flagged bulkcarrier “Tanais Dream" in the Istanbul Strait, injuring one passenger and risking the lives of hundreds of others. The bulkcarrier, was on the way from Novorossiysk to Castellon and passing the Strait without using the service of a qualified pilot, despite the strong recommendations by the International Maritime Organization and by the Turkish Government. Both ships were damaged, the superstructure of the ferry dented. The sea rescue service sent the tug "Kurtarma 6" and the lifeboats "Kıyı Emniyeti 4" and "Kıyı Emniyeti 5" to the accident site. All passengers and cars of the “Sultanahmet” were disembarked. The injured passenger was taken to hospital. The “Tanais Dream” was anchored at Ahırkapı.
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