USCG: Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call from the fish factory Arctic Storm at approximately 3:20 p.m. (23:20 UTC) May 20 13 reporting an uncontrolled engine room fire with 120 people on board some 30 miles west of Grays Harbor (Aberdeen), Wash. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River launched two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Astoria, a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Cape Disappointment and two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Station Grays Harbor.
Later Coast Guard said fire was put under control by the crew, after activating chemical firefighting system. Vessel seems to be stable, but the crew is to be evacuated to one of the fishing vessels nearby (there are some 4-5 fish factories in the area). Arctic Storm is to be towed to Aberdeen.
The Arctic Storm is operated by Seattle-based Arctic Storm Management Group. The company’s website says its crews fish for Pacific Whiting off the coast of Washington and Oregon from the end of May through early June.
Type: Trawler/Processor Owner: Arctic Storm LLC Port of registry: Seattle, WA Call Sign: WTQ5896 Length: 101.8 meters Beam: 14.83 meters Tonnage: 4,068 GT Flag USA.
The "Uraniborg" suffered rudder problems in the afternoon of May 19, 2013, between Landskrona and Ven. The ferry had to be replaced by one of Ventrafikens other ferries on the route. The propeller manufacturer was asked for help which was hoped to be received as soon as possible. The Ferry was sidelined in Landskrona around 1 p.m. While Passenger traffic was going according to the timetable, a special timetable applied for vehicle traffic.
The "Tûranor PlanetSolar" announced a new speed record for a transatlantic crossing by a solar electric vessel. Having left from Las Palmas, Spain, on April 25, 2013, the solar powered boat sailed 2,867miles across the Atlantic Ocean at the average speed of 5.3 knots before reaching Marigot, St. Martin, in the French West Indies on May 18, 2013. The first-of-its-kind catamaran completed this year’s passage across the Atlantic in 22 of days, besting last year’s record by 4 days. This new world record undertaken by an initiative from Switzerland is currently undergoing an authorization process at Guinness World RecordsTM.
Man died after falling from mast of the ferry "Røst"
One 41 year old man from Kabelvåg died when he fell from the mast of the "Røst" on May 18, 2013. He had been secured, but the restraint system did not work. Two ambulances and police were on scene at the quay in Svolvær after the alarm at 7.15 p.m, and an investigation was started. The Labour Inspectorate was notified. The ferry left the port on May 19 at 1 p.m. and resumed ist schedule between Skutvik and Svolvær.
Norwegian report with photos:
Drunken speedboat driver smashed into barge - two missing
In the morning of May 19, 2013, at 3.30 a.m. a speed boat ran into the Stern of the "Bavaria 83" on the Main near Aschaffenburg-Obernau. All four occupants of the boat were thrown into the water, the boat got stuck on the shore in a short distance of the barge. Two of them reached the shore, two remained missing. Rescue forces, including fire brigade and police, launched a search with 10 boats, 15 divers, and a helicopter. The couple was not found. The boat had been underway with high speed, the Driver was intoxicated and remarked the "Bavaria 83" too late in a curve.
German reports with photos and Video:
General cargo vessel Anna ran aground entering Ferrol Bay, Spain, Biscay Bay, in San Cristovo area near San Carlos Castle, at around 13:30 UTC May 19 13. Anna ran aground reportedly after engine failure. Vessel was refloated some 3 hours later with the help of two tugs and high tide, and proceeded to Ferrol port, was berthed at around 17:00. No spill reported. No information about damages, but vessel ran aground on rocks, some damages highly probable. Vessel was en route from Esbjerg Denmark to Ferrol. Photos of the grounded Anna www.lavozdegalici...