The "Vega Auriga" was expected to sail from Tauranga in the afternoon of Sep 2, however it will leave empty of cargo. It was also unclear where the ship was headed and it has no work prospects in the South Pacific. The Mediterranean Shipping Company which is no longer able to use the ship on its Australia, Noumea, New Zealand route because it has been banned from Australian ports for three months. When the ship arrived in Tauranga on Aug 31, an inspection found the ship had 14 faults, 11 of which have to be fixed before the ship could put to sea again. Its cargo of containers was discharged at Sulphur Point. An earlier New Zealand Port State Control inspection found nine deficiencies. They were similar in nature to those found in the recent inspection but they were not the same deficiencies,. The "Vega Auriga" had departed from Brisbane on Aug 25 with three of a total 21 identified deficiencies remaining outstanding. The remaining three deficiencies, due to their less serious nature, were given three months to be rectified. When the vessel departed Brisbane, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority did not consider it on that day to be unseaworthy or substandard.
The decision to ban the "Vega Auriga" from visiting any Australian port within the next three months was based on its repeated record of detention and multiple deficiencies since July 25, 2013. AMSA noted that while corrective action was taken at the time to rectify a number of serious deficiencies, they resurfaced multiple times and it was apparent that the companies approach to proper preventative action was ineffective. The German owned and operated vessel has a Filipino crew. There are eight officers and nine crew on board which was well in excess of the minimum safe manning requirements. The nationality of the officers was not known, but language issues on board were among those flagged by New Zealand inspectors in the list of deficiencies. Other safety deficiencies included crew records relating to hours of rest not being recorded properly, and the crew not given copies. Rest periods for watchkeeping did not conform to the International Maritime Organisation's Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping, minimum requirements. The Global Maritime Distress Safety System log book was not signed off by the master as per instructions. There was a fault in the forward mast navigation light that had to be repaired before the ship departed. The Electronic Chart Display & Information System appeared to be being used for navigation, which is against International Maritime Organization regulations.
There was no single working language on board, which is against regulations. The emergency generator air inlet shroud parted from frame, the purifier room self-closing door not closing fully. The garbage placard at garbage station out of date, and there were no local control procedures for controllable pitch propellor operation. The starboard life raft cradle was corroded and also had to be repaired before the "Vega Auriga" departs. The oily rag bin in the engine room had no lid, which is a fire hazard.
Communication between the wheelhouse and the enclosed wing bridge was inoperable and there was no procedure in place to compensate.
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The "Bonita", was involved in two rescue operations off Libya, saving a total of 537 people, including 60 children.
At the beginning of August, the vessel received a call from the Italian Coastguard and informed of a vessel in distress. The Gtanker proceeded to the location and picked up a total of 357 refugees, including 270 from Bangladesh. The remainder were from Syria, Nigeria, India, Sudan, Palestine, Guinea, Ghana and Morocco. There were six women and one 11-year-old child in the group, who were taken to the Sicilian port of Pozzallo for disembarkation. Ten days later, the Rome Rescue Center notified the "Bonita" of another boat in distress some 240 km off Libya. This time, 180 were rescued, including 59 small children. Ninety-four were Palestinian, 85 Syrians and one an Iraqi. The tanker sailed for Sicily and disembarked the immigrants at Porto Empedocle before resuming its voyage to Rotterdam for discharge where it docked on Aug 22, 2014.
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On Aug 27, 2014, the master of the Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement operated "Proteas", while en route from Sidi Kerir to Augusta in laden condition, was informed by the Rome Rescue Center a boat carrying illegal immigrants was in distress about 60 miles off the Libyan port of Marsa Susa north east of Benghazi. The ship deviated and arrived at the scene in the mid-afternoon, and the tanker’s 23 crew lifted to safety 221 men, women and children, all in apparent good health. The rescued persons were provided with food and other necessities with medical assistance being made available. The vessel resumed her original route to Augusta arriving there early on Aug 29 where the immigrants were disembarked.
The Kingston-Edmonds ferry route has returned to normal two-boat service after a fuel leak on the "Walla Walla" caused service delays on Sep 1, 2014. 15 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the ferry before service began. The spill created a sheen on the water. Both the "Walla Walla" and the "Spokane" were surrounded by oil booms at the Kingston terminalas crews investigated and cleaned the area.
The "Kaitaki" was due back on duty on Sep 3 evening after a failed generator part forced it out of the water for a day. A failure of the flexible rubber coupling on a shaft generator meant two of the four generators on the largest Interislander ferry were unavailable. With another generator undergoing planned maintenance, it meant there was no back-up in case the remaining generator failed and it was unsafe to go to sea on Sep 2, and also a scheduled return from Wellington on Sep 3 has been called off.
The ferry will next sail at 8 p.m. Freight and passengers were being transferred to the "Aratere" where possible and it was crewed for passengers on the 10.45 a.m. sailing from Picton which is normally a freight-only sailing.
Watch staff having inadequate rest periods, a faulty navigation light and no common language among personnel were included in the list of problems found on board the Vega Auriga.
An inspection report supplied by Maritime New Zealand to the Bay of Plenty Times revealed a list of 14 problems on the container ship, which arrived in Tauranga on Sunday.
Deficiencies included rest periods for watchkeeping staff not conforming to minimum requirements, a lack of a common working language on board, corrosion on a life raft cradle and an oily rag bin in the engine room with no lids.
There were no local control procedures for the ship's Controllable Pitch Propeller, or CPP, which needs to be adjusted from the ship's engine room and bridge.
There was also a fault with a navigation light and evidence showing an Electronic Chart Display and Information System unit, known as an ECDIS unit, was being used for navigation purposes, which it should not be used for.
Eleven of the deficiencies must be fixed before the ship's planned departure at midday today.
Steve Rendle, senior communications and media advisor for Maritime New Zealand, said the deficiencies indicated poor management and a lack of resources.
The number of deficiencies could be considered "pretty serious", he added.
Mr Rendle said the vessel would be inspected again in the morning to ensure the deficiencies were rectified.
Mediterranean Shipping Company New Zealand operations manager Mike Hodgins said the company had hired the Vega Auriga to go through Australia, Noumea and New Zealand.
However, the recent developments meant the contract ended when the cargo was unloaded in Tauranga on Sunday.
"We've off-hired it because it couldn't do what it was supposed to do," he said. "Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has said it's not allowed back in Australia for three months at the moment which was what it was supposed to do."
Mr Hodgins said the decision to end the contract was nothing to do with the deficiencies found in Australia or New Zealand.
"It was given an all clear when it left Sydney, when it left Australia. It had been declared it was okay."
Judea's Mary Sanson volunteered to help clean the beaches after the Rena grounding.
She said she was glad the ship was being closely monitored while in Tauranga and hoped all the problems were fixed before it sailed again.
"It's better to have it where we can see what it's doing and keep an eye on it - and make sure it doesn't leak anything."
The Vega Auriga was banned from Australian ports for three months on Wednesday. It had been detained three times in Australian ports since July last year and was declared "unseaworthy and substandard".
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Kurdish Oil Tanker Reappears Off Texas Still Full of Oil
Sept 1 (Reuters) – A tanker carrying disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil reappeared on satellite tracking on Monday near Texas, days after having gone silent with a $100 million cargo, but the latest vessel data showed it had not offloaded at sea. According to AIS ship tracking data used by the U.S. Coast Guard and Reuters, the United Kalavrvta, which has been in limbo for weeks, was still 95 percent full.
Its would-be U.S. buyer has balked at taking delivery of the cargo, and Baghdad has filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court saying exports by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are illegal. The KRG argues they are allowed under the Iraqi constitution.
The vessel was anchored on Monday in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area, essentially unmoved from its previously known position.
Vessels such as the United Kalavrvta, which are too big to enter ports near Houston, use the lightering area to transfer their cargoes to smaller ships before delivery.
Baghdad has made clear it could file more legal challenges to regain control of the cargo if it comes ashore.
The lifeboat "Nis Rander" of the DGzRS station Maasholm medevaced an injured woman the "Roald Amundsen" on Sep 1, 2014, five miles east of Schleimünde. The 60 year old woman had fractured a shoulder in an accident on board and needed immediate medical treatment. She received first aid on board and was prepared for transport. Due to the good preparedness of the crew she could be delivbered onto the lifeboat within short time. The patient was then taken to the port of Maasholm for further transport into a hospital.
After ten days the bulk carrier "Marine Stars" was refloated by salvor Vernicos, off Oinousses, a small Greek island. Aided by two support vessels – the "Alexander 3" and "Ifestos 2" pulled off the almost fully loaded vessel. There was no environmental pollution during the operation, which was very difficult given that it was close to a tourist beach and fish farms. The forepeak had been sinking to 30 metres. The "Flinerrachel" unloaded some of the refloated bulker’s grain. The total cost of the project was not disclosed. The estimated value of the cargo was around 30 million Dollar.
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Maersk ship saved 352 boat people from sinking vessel
In the evening of Aug 30, 2014, the crew of the "Evelyn Maersk" saved 352 boat people from a fishing vessel that had engine trouble and took water in, in the Mediterranean. One of the Mediterranean's RCC centers requested the Container ship to head towards a fishing boat which took in water. After a few hours of sailing the distressed vessel was located, and it turned out to have 352 boat people on board, among them 43 children. On Aug 31 at 3 a.m. all refugees, coming from Syria and the region of the Horn of Africa, were aboard the Maersk ship which was en route from Suez to Algeciras. On Sep 1 the refugees were disembarked in Trapani on Sicily's west coast. On Sep 2, after the landing of the refugees, the ship resumed the interrupted schedule.