The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the 2016 allision of the "Nordbay" on the Lower Mississippi River was caused by the pilot and the master not adequately assessing the risks of handling the ballasted vessel during high-river conditions with strong following currents while turning into the wind.
On Feb. 2, 2016, at 10.13 p.m. the tanker was southbound on the Lower Mississippi River in New Orleans with a pilot on board when it allided with a dock and water intakes on the left descending bank. Less than an hour later, as the vessel maneuvered through another bend in the river while heading toward an anchorage, it allided with a wharf on the left descending bank. No pollution or injuries were reported. The dock, water intakes, the wharf, and the "Nordbay" sustained an estimated $6.4 million in total damage.
In addition to the pilot and the master not adequately assessing the risks of handling the ballasted vessel during high-river conditions, the NTSB said in its Marine Accident Brief that another contributing factor was the bridge team’s poor situational awareness of the vessel’s position in the waterway. Contributing to the second allision was the master’s distraction from his duties while making a phone call. The full NTSB brief can be viewed here:
Call at Dartmouth terminated due to stormy weather
The call of the "Seven Seas Explorer" at Dartmouth on Sep 21, 2017, was cut short due to bad weather. The vessel had been due to anchor off the mouth of the Dart, with passengers coming ashore by tender. Due to the bad weather and concerns about tendering guests from the ship into the river, the captain took the decision to terminate the visit to Dartmouth. The vessel remained at anchor for approximately an hour, in order to assess the situation. The ship instead headed out for a slow steam to its next port of call, Southampton, arrinving there in the morning of Sep 22.
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Agia Zoni II
(Oil And Chemical Tanker > Chemical Oil Products Tanker)
On Sep 23 the Greek tankers "Aegean Breeze 1" (IMO: 9314466) and the "Siros" (IMO: 6400343) were dispatched to the area near Salamina where the "Agia Zoni II" has sunk. They were expected to resume efforts to pump out the residual fuel from the wreck two days after the "Lassea" was obliged to stop as it emerged that its security certification had expired.
Earlier this week the captain and first engineer of the "Lassea" were taken into custody after an inspection by customs and Coastguard authorities turned up significant quantities of fuel in the ship’s hold that was not legally accounted for.
The "A" was in collision with a 10-meter-yacht in Formentera on Sep 20, 2017. The luxury yacht maneuvered at a speed of about six knots, when a boat approached and was warned with the horn and lighting by the "A" which in the end ended up causing a collision in the side. Earlier this month when sailing through Mallorca waters a customs patrol made a routine inspection to verify that the yacht had all permits in order. In the morning of Sep 22 the "A" berthed in Gibraltar.
On Sep 21, 2017, at 4 p.m. the CROSS Gris Nez was alerted by the "Arpège" after a crew member had been injured aboard the ship which was located 50 nautical miles from the French coast. The CROSS immediately started a conference call with the Maritime Medical Advisory Center (CCMM) in Toulouse and the Maritime Medical Coordination (SCMM) in Le Havre to decide on the medical treatment of the fisherman. A medical evacuation was thus decided. As a result, a Dauphin helicopter of the French Navy, based in Le Touquet, was deployed and arrived at the fishing vessel at 4:50 p.m. The injured sailor was then hoisted and arrived at the hospital in Lille at 6 p.m.
The crew of the "Kea Trader" and the Dutch salvage company Ardent were carrying out the preliminary operations for the bail-out of the ship. To date, hold No. 4 has been partially inspected. 28 breaches were identified, of which 22 have been repaired. The teams planned to install 18 containers equipped with air bags in hold No. 5 in order to regain the buoyancy required for the bail-out. They will be packed on the crane barge "Jérôme", which arrived from Singapore start of September to participate in the salvage operations. The bailout of the ship was not envisaged until the end of October. The Briggs society, being in charge of pollution control operations, will conduct an exercise on the Durand Reef on sep 23. The crews of the tugs "Watoa" and "Pacific Titan" will deploy their floating oil barriers in particular to maintain their suitability for an intervention.