On Jan 31, 2014, at 9.15 a.m. the "Heinz G" left the Neptun-Dock of the Cassens Yard in Emden and shifted to the Ems Quay after lengthy engine repairs. The ship had been disabled enroute from Bremerhaven on Oct 27 to Marin and towed to the port of Emden on Oct 28.
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(Oil And Chemical Tanker > Chemical Oil Products Tanker)
Oil spillage contained after vessel collision near Jurong Island
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said good progress has been made in containing and cleaning up the oil spillage resulting from Wednesday's collision between Hong Kong-flagged chemical tanker Lime Galaxy and the China-flagged container ship Feihe at about 2.7km south of Jurong Island. It said there has been no further spillage of bunker fuel from Feihe. However as a precautionary measure, oil booms and an oil spill response craft have been deployed around the vessel. In total, 10 craft from MPA and oil spill response companies have been deployed as part of the containment and clean up efforts. Source: CNA
Another successful installation on ‘LEWEK CONSTELLATION’ for Huisman China’s Skyhook
On 28-01-2014 , the installation of the 3,000mt Offshore Mast Crane onboard the ‘LEWEK CONSTELLATION’ was completed by means of Huisman China’s new 2,400mt quayside crane. The quayside crane, also known as the ‘Skyhook’, installed the 3,000mt Offshore Mast Crane in a mere two lifts within a three day period. The vessel will leave Huisman China in April and is due to arrive at Huisman Schiedam mid 2014 for the installation of the800mt Multi-lay Pipelay Tower. The ‘Skyhook ’further enables Huisman China to install, commission and test large pieces of equipment on a turn-key basis, mitigating project risks.
The "Estran" was refloated in the night of Jan 30. The vessel was docked in the port of Saint-Guénolé. The three lifeboats "Prince d'Eckmühl" from Penmarc'h, the "Men Meur" from Guilvinec and "Margodig" from Loctudyand as well as boat of SOS Plongée were mobilized since Jan 30 6 a.m. and continued their efforts at 8 p.m. after the work was temporarily suspended. The trawler had been sealed and already moved during the afternoon. It was righted and stabilized with Lifting bags. It could be successfully dewatered during the night hours. While the hull was not damaged, the damage inside was significant because everything was flooded. Damage was estimated to be 1.5 million Euros according to the shipowner, and several months of work would be required.
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Piz Arina lightering grounded tank barge on the Rhine
Lightering of the Belgian flagged, self propelled tank barge "Emma“, 2994 ts (EU-No.: 06004166), which ran aground on Jan 30 at 4.40 a.m. near Oberwesel on the Rhine at river km 551.3, started on Jan 31 at 6.30 a.m. For this purpse the "Piz Arina“ went alongside to take on board part of the cargo of Benzol. The boat of the fire brigade Koblenz was on scene as a precaution. Rhine traffic was interrupted in both directions since 6 a.m. starting at Bingen. Pumping off of about 200-300 tons of the cargo started at 8 a.m. Once the "Emma" was refloated, she was to be pulled to the Loreley Port which was 4 kilometers away and completely discharged there. Two salvage attempts had failed on Jan 30.
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Due to technical problems the ferry service of the "Sunnfjord" on the route Rutledal - Rysjedalsvika - Krakhella in Ytre Sogn was suspended on Jan 31, 2014. At 6:30 a cooling pump had started to smoke. Passengers were recommended to head to the ferry service Lavik-Oppedal. This happened only about one week after the ferry had suffered engine failure and had to be taken in tow by an ambulance boat. There has been no information about why the ferry was so frequently out of service. A passenger boat was inserted on 8 a.m., a replacement ferry at noon on the earliest.
The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an injured crewmember from the "Eagle" in the Elliot Bay, Washington, on Jan 30, 2014. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders in Seattle received a call just after 8 a.m. from the crew aboard the vessel, reporting a crewman suffering a ribcage injury near the middle of Elliot Bay, near downtown Seattle. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Seattle arrived on scene and came alongside the tug. RB-M crewmembers were able to climb aboard the tug with a rescue litter. The Coast Guard crew, with help from the Eagle crew, secured the injured man in the litter and transferred him to the RB-M. The Coast Guard crew then transported the man to awaiting local EMS at the Seattle Fire Station Five pier at 925 Alaskan Way, Seattle. The man reportedly suffered his injury while heaving a line. The extent of his injury was unknown.
Ping Da 7
(General Cargo Ship > Refrigerated Cargo Ship)
Officials from the Federated States of Micronesia were working to move the "Ping Da 7" off a reef off the capital of Pohnpei, after the government declared it a substantial environment and health risk. The vessel became stuck on the reef on Dec 11, 2013, and was carrying substantial amounts of dangerous fuels, gas and chemicals. A task was able to pump and contain an oil leak last week and made a call for assistance to tug operators in the region, as their tug were too small and high tides were drawing the vessel further onto the reef. Potential tug operators can come in and help to remove first the fuel and also possibly the wreck off the reef. The Hong Kong based owner was contacted and said he did not have the funds to remove it.
The "Ocean Drover" carrying sheep and cattle was continuing its journey to the Aqaba Gulf after stopping for 72 hours for repairs while a main engine malfunction was rectified by the vessel’s on-board engineers. The provision of feed, water and ventilation to the 42,000 sheep and 6000 cattle on board the vessel were unaffected by the mechanical issues due to the redundancy provisions built into the ship to protect and enhance animal welfare.
The vessel continued to experience calm seas, low humidity and daytime temperatures of 27C, well below the 35-40C the livestock experienced in their paddocks before being transferred to the vessel. Operator Wellard notified both the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Department of Agriculture so they were aware of the mechanical issue and their rectification by the company. The ship had left Fremantle on Jan 20, 2014.
There has been a confirmed norovirus outbreak on the "Caribbean Princess". Out of the 3102 passengers on board, 162 have reported illness in addition to 11 crew members. The cruise ship was to return to Houston one day early and arrive on Jan 31, 2014. When the ship has returned to Houston, two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers were to board it for a health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and collect specimens for testing at the CDC lab. The cruise ship also was to undergo an extensive cleaning and the embarkation for the Feb 1 cruise would be delayed.