The "Tuimelaar", 1742 ts (EU-No.: 02324250), carrying a cargo of sand to Willebroek, allided with a railway bridge over the Sea Canal Brussels-Rupel in Ruisbroek in the morning of Dec 17, 2015, around 7 a.m. The wheelhouse was torn off, no one was injured. The ship could be berthed after the allision. The master had remarked too late that the bridge was not opened. The railway bridge usually is always open, unless there is train traffic.
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Freighter Carrying 560 Metric Tonnes of Bunkers Sinks in Singapore Strait
Antigua and Barbuda-flagged freighter Thorco Cloud sank with 560 metric tonnes of bunker fuel on board following a collision Wednesday with a Cayman Islands-flagged chemical tanker Stolt Commitment in the Singapore Strait, local media reports.
The incident was reported to have happened approximately 6 nautical miles (11 kilometres) north-west of Batam
No bunker spill has yet been reported, although the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) says it has put an anti-pollution craft on standby, and has completed a survey to mark the sunken freighter for navigational safety.
The MPA was reported to have said the chemical tanker sustained only minor damage and is in stable condition. More at shipandbunker.com...
Last ship of the year arrived at Port of Milwaukee on Wednesday, December 16th
International cargo continued moving at a strong pace through the Port of Milwaukee in 2015, and Wednesday, December 16th will bring the last ship arriving through the St. Lawrence Seaway to Milwaukee this year. The Federal Hunter is set to unload 3,500 tons of steel products – raw material used by local manufacturers.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will visit the Port Wednesday morning to talk about the successful shipping season and to highlight the role the Port plays to support local manufacturing and employment. fox6now.com/2015/...
Captain Lost Track of Ship That Hit Arizona Memorial Dock
A hospital ship struck the dock of the USS Arizona Memorial in May after the pilot and ship's captain lost track of where the ship was going as it was leaving Pearl Harbor, an investigation into the incident released Wednesday said.
The harbor pilot on board the USNS Mercy had poor control over tugboats guiding the ship, said a report by the U.S. Military Sealift Command. This resulted in the ship unexpectedly heading toward the Arizona. It also led the pilot and the ship's captain to lose track of where the ship was going for three minutes, leading the ship to hit the dock, the report said.
Waves generated by the propeller in the back of Mercy pushed the floating dock about 12 feet toward the memorial, the report said. This damaged the dock. The Mercy had 6 inch-long scrape marks, but no structural damage.
The Navy and the National Park Service closed the national landmark for over a week after the May 27 incident while crews repaired the dock.
The report said the chief mate's lack of experience contributed to the incident, as did the navigator's lack of experience and effectiveness.
The report made clear having the pilot on board to guide the ship didn't absolve the captain, Capt. Thomas Giudice, of responsibility. abcnews.go.com/US...
Four Filipinos and two Ukrainians were still missing after the sinking of the "Thorco Cloud" in pos. position 01 ° 12 '23' 'N - 103 ° 54' 20 '' E six miles north-west of Batamon Dec at 8:14 p.m. LT in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. Navigational broadcasts were made to all ships to keep a lookout for the missing crew. The "Pulau Rangsang-727", "Sembilang-850", "Silas Papare-386", "Pulau Rusa-726", the speed boat "Posal Sambu" and the combat boat "Posal Belakang Padang" as well as the "Falcon 8" and "Purworejowere" of the CG Singapore were searching for the men.
The six rescued crew members which were conveyed to Singapore General Hospital were in stable condition. Representatives of the JSM Shipping GmbH & Co KG in Jork would be in touch with the rescued crew members.
While there were no reports of any oil spill, the MPA has also put on standby anti-pollution craft. To ensure shipping safety, the MPA deployed a buoy tender and a hydrographic survey vessel to cordon off the area. The bow of the wreck was still showing above water.
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On Dec 16 families of the victims of the "El Faro" were allowed to view photos and video taken by rescue and salvage crews who were searching for the ship by the National Transportation Safety Board. One picture showed the bridge separated a half mile apart from the ship's deck. Another revealed that of the 400 containersthe "El Faro" was carrying, just four remained with the ship. The images were all signs of the forces of nature the crew encountered when it ran into Hurricane Joaquin en route to Puerto Rico on Oct 1. The NTSB also issued an update on the agency's investigation into the tragedy while it continued to gather the facts about what led up to the disaster and which may still take months.
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On Dec 16, 2015, the "Cornelia" was allowed to dock in Duluth, and port authorities were hopeful that the ship would be allowed to leave in time to avoid getting stuck for the winter. The "Cornelia" sailed underneath the Aerial Lift Bridge into the Duluth harbor around 4 p.m. to take on fuel at a public marine terminal before shifting to a berth for the night to load supplies and pump out several weeks' worth of wastewater.
The Coast Guard sconfirmed that the ship was given permission to dock and fuel up but a spokesman had no information on when it would be allowed to leave, the status of negotiations between the Coast Guard and the ship's operators, or whether any of the crew members would be allowed off the ship while it was in port. The crew of 19 Czechs, Ukrainians, Filipinos and Croatians did not set foot on dry land since taking on a load of grain bound for Tunisia in early November.
The Coast Guard had detained the ship over the discharge of oily water somewhere other than Duluth. It wanted to have a security agreement in place before releasing the vessel.
Coast Guard urged caution to mariners for the recovery and monitoring operations for lost containers
The Coast Guard urged caution to mariners for the ongoing recovery and monitoring operations for the containers that washed overboard from the "Manoa" in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary west of the Golden Gate Bridge. As of Dec 15, the Parker Diving Service recovered all large container pieces as well as foam insulation from one of the lost containers that washed up along the shoreline of Baker Beach. Matson has deployed response crews at Baker Beach and Pacifica to recover plastic trays and related debris and is also conducting its own aircraft and vessel searches in the area. Additional air support has been requested from the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Two of the containers have been recovered and accounted for by Matson crews at Baker Beach and Pacifica Pier, respectively. Aside from the one container that broke up on Baker Beach, a second one, described as black with only a small portion visible, was reported floating south of the Golden Gate Bridge on Dec 15. A third container was also reported partially submerged one nautical mile south of the Pacifica Pier. However, salvage crews have been unsuccessful in locating containers in the area.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Response and Restoration was providing trajectory modeling, using wind and current information to predict the potential direction of the remaining lost containers. If modeling predicts landings on the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary shoreline, then Beach Watch volunteers can be mobilized to evaluate resource impacts. NOAA has additional staff ready if any containers wash up in the sanctuary and damage resources.
While the containers did not contain any hazardous materials, debris from the contents, such as styrofoam and plastic materials pose hazards to marine and coastal wildlife through ingestion and entanglement.
The Coast Guard was working with NOAA, the State of California, the National Park Service and the City of San Francisco to ensure the safe and effective removal of the containers from the marine environment.
The cause of the incident was under investigation.
To report sightings of the containers, call the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center at 415-399-7300.
In the afternoon Dec 16, 2015, the "Francis Beaufort" which was working on the port extension of Cherbourg, lifted a German bomb in his 50 kg dredge head. The Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea dispatched a team of clearance divers of the Navy onto the ship to conduct an investigation. They decided to move the dredge out of the port of Cherbourg and dispose of the bomb in an area that is safe in the mid-evening with the assistance of the Maritime Gendarmerie.
The ammunition was treated by the clearance divers and the "Francis Beaufort" was able to resume its dredging tonight.
Clearance divers called after suspicious package was discovered
On Dec 16 a suspicious package was discovered on the "Cap Finistere". At 5:30 p.m. the CROSS Jobourg was informed. Without waiting, the captain of the ferry decided to evacuate the 375 passengers in a secure area and rerouted the ship to approach the coast. The crew of the ferry conducts a more thorough investigation of the ship to ensure that there was no other suspicious package on board. The Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea immediately sent a team of clearance divers of the Navy in Cherbourg, which was transferred onto the ferry by an EC-225 helicopter of the base in Maupertus. Within 30 minutes, they were airlifted aboard the ferry off Roscoff.
The clearance divers established a safety zone around a backpack identified as suspicious package. An X-ray showed that the bag contained no explosive charge. In less than an hour, the situation was under control. The ferry resumed its voyage from Portsmouth to Bilbao.