On Jan 13, 2014, at 8.40 a.m. the master of the 10-m-f/v "Wassana Waree", Arom Sri-im, 58, and his two deckhands saved themselves only with a jump into the sea when the "Phuong Nam 69" ran over his boat which was anchoring 10 miles from Phuket International Airport. The cargo ship came at speed and crashed into the front of the boat, causing it to sink, and contiued without stopping. The castaways were rescued by other fishing boats. The cargo vessel which carried a cargo of 5000 tons cement simply continued its journey from Vietnam to Myanmar. The skipper of the fishing boat reported the accident to the Tachatchai Police Station and hoped for a compensation of 1.5 million baht.Officials at the Phuket Vessel Traffic Monitoring Centre at Chalong Pier have been notified of the collision. Officers caught up with the "Phuong Nam 69" and have moved it to Phang Nga Bay while an investigation was carried out. The captain of the vessel was taken to Tha Chat Chai Police station for questioning.
The "Saga Falcon" which grounded at River La Plata on Oct 24, 2014, is now back in service. On Jan 14, 2015, she left the Ilha da Conceicao in Rio de Janeiro, where the damage was repaired, bound for Portocel in Brazil.
After the "Visby" arrived from Visby port at the shipyard in Landskrona, it became clear that the ship will take longer to repair than first anticipated. The ferry will be put into service again only in the evening of Jan 20. The damage was as large as thought, but the shipyard's assessment was that this was the time they needed to repair the ship.
Liferaft suspected to come from the Cemfjord drifted off Sylt
On Jan 13 at 3:30 p.m rescue forces in Hörnum upon Sylt were alerted after a life raft was observed off the coast. The fire rescue Hörnum, the Red Cross Sylt, the Water Guard, the water police and the helicopter Christoph 5 were dispatched, and the lifeboat "Horst Heiner Kneten" recovered the empty raft. The rescue forces were stood down 90 minutes after the alert. After an investigation of the raft it was strongly suspected it might have come from the "Cemfjord" A similar raft recently has drifted onto the beach at St. Peter-Ording. The investigation of the police was going on.
On Jan 18 a church service to honour the lost crew of the cement carrier will be held at the Church of St John’s the Evangelist in the Caithness town of Wick. It will host a gathering of local people including those involved in the search for the missing men. The “Service for the Missing Seafarers of the MV Cemfjord” is being jointly organised by the church and The Mission to Seafarers to honour those who lost their lives in the accident and also for all those who took part in the search.Leading management from Hamburg-based shipping company Brise, operators of the ill-fated vessel, will travel from Germany.
German report with photos and video:
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an ailing fisherman from the "Irene H" in the Shelikof Strait near Kodiak Island on Jan 13, 2015. Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a request for assistance from the crew of Irene H when the fisherman aboard the vessel reportedly suffered an abdominal injury while pulling in crab pots and required medical assistance. The duty flight surgeon recommended the medevac and the Jayhawk crew was launched to conduct the rescue.
The Jayhawk crew rendezvoused with the fishing vessel, safely hoisted the man aboard the helicopter and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak for further care.
The dynamic weather conditions made for a rough ride but once on scene, the captain and crew of the vessel were very cooperative which enabled the Coastguard to smoothly execute a successful rescue.
Report with photo:
The "Sea Bird" dragged anchor on Jan 13, 2015, on Anamur Roads east of Antalya, in stormy weather, and drifted ashore. The ship had tried to ride out a storm off Anamur, but had suffered an engine failure and was forced to drop anchor. The crew of 14 Syrians was rescued by the Coastguard and taken to the police. Media reported problems with cargo documents of unknown character.
Turkish reports with photos:
Removal attempts of the "Caraka Jaya Niaga 316" which sprang aleak on Nov 5, 2013, and sank with cargo of 3500 tons cement on board on Nov 6 in the waters of the Meneng District off the village Ketapang in Kalipuro, East Java, were due to start. The vessel was half submerged after it sank because of water ingress. It was still unclear whether the wreck would be removed in one section or scrapped on the spot. First the cargo would have to be removed. The plans were to be finalized within three to five months. The foreship and parts of the superstructure were still emerging above water.
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On Jan 13 at 5.30 p.m. LT a fire erupted on board of the "Citeca", which was anchored in Akita port, Honshu. The cargo of plywood on the cargo deck was on fire. The ship had come from Plastun to Akita and loaded 4100 tons, 1400 tons of which were to be unloaded before proceeding to Ishinomaki in the Miyagi Prefecture. The crew of 14 Russians, aged 21-63 years, was evacuated, no spill reported. Port firefighting teams were engaged in firefighting until the next day. Smoke was still emerging from the deck of the ship which was surrounded by an oil boom.
Japanese reports with photos and video:
Monjasa Group (Monjasa) has issued court proceedings for the arrest of a Bangladeshi bulker over an unpaid bunker bill in the amount of $192,819, according to Gujarat High Court documents. The bulker, CRYSTAL GOLD, is believed to be owned by Chittagong-based Crystal Navigation Ltd. (Crystal). Monjasa is understood to have supplied the ship with 260 tonnes of IFO380 fuel at Singapore in May 2014. Reports suggest the vessel has been placed under arrest in India. Tradewinds late-December reported that the 1986-built, 27,600 deadweight tonne Crystal Gold had only just been released from arrest over another unpaid bill. Crystal agreed to settle out of court in that instance with Cochin-based Oriental Exim Agency for $10,063.Last week Monjasa announced it had opened a new office in Panama Source : Ship & Bunker News Team
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Troms Offshore Supply AS takes delivery of new build MV Troms Mira
On January 7th Troms Offshore Supply AS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tidewater Inc., took delivery of its new build no 791 at VARD Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam. The ship has been given the name MV Troms Mira, the company said in its press release. Troms Mira is a Clean Design diesel electric PSV (Platform Supply Vessel) with a deck area of 830 m2. Engines and propulsion in combination with advanced catalyst technologies ensure low fuel consumption, efficient operations and reduced emissions to air. MV Troms Mira is a VARD PSV 108 CD design. The Troms Mira will primarily be positioned for operations in the North Sea and arctic waters and will be managed by the Troms team in Norway. Troms Offshore Supply AS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tidewater Inc., which is the leading provider of Offshore Services Vessels (OSVs) to the global energy industry. The company has its head office in New Orleans. Troms Offshore operates a fleet comprising 12 ships from its home port in Tromsø in Northern Norway. The Company owns five large Clean Design PSVs each with a deck area in excess of 1,000 m2 and two medium size PSV with a deck area of approximately 850m2. Based on its experience and competency in operating in challenging arctic waters, Troms Offshore focuses on expanding its position as a leading provider of offshore supply services in Northern Norway and in arctic areas. Source : PortNews