The "Shalimar BCK 598" which sank within 30 minutes after it allided with a pier at Scrabster Harbour on Apr 30, 2014, has been salvaged after being submerged for 11 days. The vessel was raised out of the water in the evening of May 11 in a rescue operation estimated to have cost over £1 million. A gantry barge had arrived at the port on May 8 from Stromness and operations to move it into position took place on May 9 and 10. The process of lifting the boat began on May and took over 12 hours for it to be pulled out of the water at 8:10 p.m.
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Barge at sinking site partially evacuated in storm
Winds of up to 14 m/s and waves of three meters height halted the search for victims of the ferry disaster off the southwest coast also on May 11. A barge tethered at the site to support rescue divers was pounded by high waves, prompting all but 20 of them to be evacuated to land while the rest remained to tend to the equipment.
Around 19 Navy ships remained at sea near the site of the accident, but smaller vessels sought shelter at nearby islands. Divers have been unable to conduct search operations since May 10 morning. Meanwhile the ferry was starting to disintegrate. Partitions in four areas of the sunken ship have weakened under the weight of water pressure. The lives of divers could be at risk should the partitions collapse. Despite lifting of the high wind-high wave alert for the area as of 7 a.m. on May 12, the operation remained suspended. It would be resumed as soon as the weather improved. A total of 128 divers were to work in shifts to mainly search convenience facilities comprising singing rooms, a dining hall and a lounge on the fourth and fifth decks. Amid the fears that walls of some of the area on the floors may collapse, the divers may find an alternate route to break in. The team was mulling entering the multiperson suite on the fourth floor of the starboard side of ship's stern by removing obstacles and breaking the wall with iron levers.
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The "Carrnival Dream" rescued 39 Cuban migrants on a small boat in the evening of May 7, 2014 in the Florida Straits. The cruise ship was heading to Jamaica when the boat was spotted in the middle of a seven day cruise to the Caribbean. The crew rescued the 34 males and five females. They were brought on board and were treated by medical staff and were given food, water and clothing. The U.S. Coast Guard was alerted of the rescue and sent a fast-response cutter to take over custody of the migrants.
The "Arahura" was said to have been involved in near-misses on May 9 and 11. The first incident was a near miss between the "Arahura" and the "Kaitiaki" in Picton. In the second alleged incident, the pilot on the "Dawn Princess" told the "Arahura" to take a certain bearing but the master turned in the opposite direction and nearly hit the "Citrus Express". An inquiry was being conducted into this incident to prove or disprove the allegation. An internal investigation team of Kiwirail was examining the alleged incidents, including taking steps to ensure the staff were treated appropriately through the investigation process. The staff allegedly involved was stood down and undertook drug and alcohol testing for the incident on May 9 in accordance with standard procedure.
On May 11, 14.000 gallons of fuel have been drained from the "Galapaface I" off San Cristobal onto the "Gabarra Orca". Wind and sea conditions were optimal for the operation to unload goods and pump out fuel. On May 10 a special team of divers, welders and technicians evaluated strategies for a bailout of the vessel. The owners of the "Galapaface I" hired a tug for the salvage and technical personnel of the company Obras y Servicios TEX S.A. Representatives of the National Park Galapagos, the Ecuador Navy, the Department of Risk Management, the Undersecretary for Ports and Maritime Transport and rescue teams were on standby in the area.
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On May 10, 2014, at 4.45 p.m. the "Cala Pinguino" allided with the Boudewijn Lock being underway from berth 716 in the Delwaide Dock in Antwerp to Le Havre. The master called a nautical commission aboard to inspect the damage. The ship returned to the conainer dock in Antwerp at 7.30 p.m. Short before midnight the ship could continue its voyage with an ETA of May 13. The lock was not damaged in the allision.
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The "Chanko" which suffered an engine failure and drifted ashore on Edøya off Sommarøy in a nature reserve was found to be beyong repair and has to be broken up. Arctic Seaworks were engaged to drain the diesel and oil and remove the wreck from the area that was forbidden to enter since May 1. On May 10 Arctic Seaworks lifted the wreck onto a barge which was towed to Harstad by the tug "Barents Ocean" on May 11 where it will be dismantled now.
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