On Aug 28, 2014, the Norwegian f/v "Nordsandgutt - N 0102MS" (CS: LM2389) suffered an engine room fire off Soervaer. The NSSR-lifeboat "Gjert Wilhelmsen" was called from Hammerfest and assistered the vessel.
The barge which sank under tow of the "Bösch" on Aug 13 off Darßer Ort was raised on Aug 27 by the Danish sheerleg "Samson" assisted by the tug "Obelix". Divers had secured the cargo in a way that the barge could be turned upright in submerged state and lifted in one piece. The wreck was taken to Rostock where it was lifted ashore on Aug 28 for surveys.
The 49 year old former Russian captain of the "Karin Lehmann" was sentenced to 35 days imprisonment at the Stavanger City Court for being drunk at the helm. Three hours after he was found intoxicated, he still had 2.48 per thousand blood alcohol. In addition the man was forbidden to guide ships in Norwegian waters for two years. In court the man had admitted having drunk 3.5 deciliter of vodka the night before he went on duty, but he denied that he was drunk when he steered the ship. The Court believed, however, he must have been drinking a lot more. The man was in custody until, on Aug 22, the case was to be dealt with at the Stavanger District Court. Four witnesses, among them representatives of the Coast Guard who approached the ship because it kept the wrong course, a pilot who was sent to the ship and guided it to port, where the captain was arrested, and one of the police officers, were heard. Police have carried out a judicial examination of the chief officer, and the results of the hearing will be announced during the main proceedings. The captain's lawyer, Kim André Svenheim, said that his client denied being guilty.
The Oban Lifeboat was tasked on Aug 30, 2014, at 2:37 p.m. by Stornoway Coastguard to assist athe "Flying Durchman" which had gone aground on a reef known as "The Scrat" in Oban Bay. The vessel had fortunately gone aground only an hour after low water. This meant that the safest option for both the vessel and the people onboard was simply to wait for the rising tide to float the vessel off. However, when any vessel runs aground there is always the possibility of damage being sustained so to ensure the safety of all passengers they were disembarked by two local RIBs. The Oban Lifeboat "Mora Edith MacDonald" remained by the vessel until she was safely free of the reef a few hours later. One of the volunteer crew was placed aboard the vessel throughout this time to provide any necessary assistance to the crew. Once the vessel was afloat a towline was passed and she was taken to the North Pier in Oban. The lifeboat then returned to station shortly after 6 p.m.
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The Guernsey lifeboat has been called out to pick up a severely ill passenger from the "MSC Opera" on Aug 30, 2014. Once the vessel was anchored in the Little Russell, the lifeboat made its way out to her and fetched the passenger. Two St John’s Ambulance paramedics joined the lifeboat crew. The passenger has been transferred to hospital.
A patch of coral at the Cayman Islands has been damaged by a large anchor of the "Carnival Magic" on Aug 27, 2014, as the ship anchored in an unauthorized zone outside a dive shop in George Town. Staff from the Don Foster’s shop saw the "Carnival Magic" drop anchor 200 meters out of the authorized zone due to strong winds. Divers from went underwater to see where the Carnival Magic had anchored and took several photos of the damaged coral. They also notified the authorities of the anchor drop before making the dive. The "Carnival Magic" was moved back into the anchor drop zone by noon.
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Vega Auriga heading to Tauranga after being prohibited to berth in Australian ports
The "Vega Auriga" was due to arrive at the Port of Tauranga on Aug 31 at 7.30 a.m. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority prohibited the "Vega Auriga" from using or entering any Australian ports due to repeated breaches relating to seafarer welfare and maintenance of the ship. The authority has detained the "Vega Auriga" three times since July 2013, with repeated concerns about crew welfare including improper payment of wages, inadequate living and working conditions and inadequate maintenance resulting in an unseaworthy and substandard vessel. The ship has been banned for three months and can re-enter only after the authority is satisfied it has met its standards. The New Zealand safety inspection is to be carried out when the ship has arrived at Tauranga and will focus on ship safety and environmental risks. New Zealand hasn't yet ratified the Maritime and Labour convention that expands ship safety to include crew concerns.
Smit/Ultratug were assigned to carry out salvage work at the "Amadeo 1" on Aug 26 after a Meeting of the Maritime Authority and the Navimag with the insurance Company. A plane should carry equipment from the base in the Netherlands to start the oil removal in the coming days. It was estimated that the work would last about four weeks. There have been several visual inspections by a ROV to minimize risk in any way, especially to human life and environment. Some oil remnants from bilge and vehicles were being contained by oil barriers, but as the current was quite strong in the Region, it was not effective at 100%, so there were some traces of light hydrocarbon at the the surface in the bay. 35 People were working aboard two boats to contain the oil. The Chilean Navy supported the work with three boats. Meanwhile 55 of the on the whole 206 cattles aboard were actually kept in the Ultima Esperanza Province to recover from the stress. They were Held in Estancia el Rincón, Florita and Los Baqueanos. They are now in posession of the insurance Naviera Magallanes.
The "United Kalavrvta", carrying one million barrels, has disappeared in the Gulf of Mexico on Aug 28, 2014. The ship was anchored near Texas in preparation to unload its cargo to U.S. when the signal ceased. U.S. Coast Guard believed that the ship has turned off its AIS beacon. The vessel approaching Galveston, Texas, on July 25. The tanker was attempting to unload its cargo at sea, off the coast of Texas, after leaving the Turkish port of Ceyhan in June and anchoring near the U.S. port of Galveston in late July. The last contact the agency had with the United Kalavyrta was when the ship's certificate of compliance was completed on July 27.
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After the "Celacante" ran aground during a rescue Operation and sank during the salvage, the owner Jean Porcher now faces a heavy fine. At the Conquet he explained that he preferred to let the ship on the bottom, as he has done enough. Thierry Canteri, director of the Marine Natural Park Iroise wants the wreck to go. A contravention for illegal occupation of a protected area may be fined with € 1,000 per day. Andre Le Berre, former president of the Regional Fisheries Committee and current Vice President of the lifeboat association SNSM can not endorse the position of Iroise Marine Park. It does not encourage sailors to provide assistance to people in Need of help. The reaction of the marine park was inappropriate as there are many other wrecks in the territory of the Marine Park, which is no problem. If the batteries and some pollutants on board are removed, the wreck would become a nice reserve to fish.