Tha Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) published its report on the collision of the "Shoreway" with the yacht "Orca" off the coast of Felixstowe in which the skipper's wife drowned. It concluded the accident happened because neither vessel had a proper lookout when the yacht was hit by the dredger in good visibility, seven miles off Felixstowe in Suffolk on June 8, 2014. Following an alteration of course by the chief officer on the "Shoreway", the "Orca" entered a blind sector of obscured visibility caused by equipment on the dredger's bow which meant she remained unseen by the chief officer until seconds before the collision, the report by the said.
Mr. Ingram saw the "Shoreway" about 1.6 miles away and, from its aspect at the time, judged there to be no risk of collision and decided to engage his autopilot and go briefly below. The ships collided at 1.31 p.m. with the badly damaged "Orca" sinking within minutes. Ingram was rescued from the water by the "Shoreway"'s rescue boat but Mrs Ingram, whose mobility was impaired following recent medical treatment, could not be found despite an extensive air and sea search. Her body was recovered from the sunken yacht by divers the next day. Of the couple's two dogs on board, one survived. The MAIB said the Shoreway officer of the watch, who was the chief officer, should not have been alone on the bridge at the time of the accident. Neither the chief officer, who was alone on the bridge of the "Shoreway", nor the skipper of the "Orca", who was below deck in the cabin, were maintaining a proper lookout during the period immediately prior to the collision. The risks of vessels, especially small craft, not being detected in the blind sector on the "Shoreway" had never been assessed by the vessel's owners Boskalis Westminster Shipping BV or the crew and were not mentioned in the master's standing orders or the vessel's safety management system. The safety management system on Shoreway was a computer-based, fleet-wide, generic safety management system that was of little benefit to the ship's crew as it contained no vessel-specific information, guidance or instructions. The MAIB made a series of safety recommendations and also said that action had been taken by marine and port authorities as well as by Boskalis Westminster.
The St Mary’s lifeboat joined an international effort to save five men in a life raft, 75 miles off Scilly in the early hours of yesterday morning.
On MAy 19 at 3 p.m. the "Cu Na Mara" arrived in Casteltownbere with the rescued crew of the Banff-registered fishing vessel "Kairos" on board which had sunk in rough seas and force 7 winds. Also the RNLB "The Whiteheads" of the RNLI St. Mary's had headed out at a speed of between 11-14 knots. Two Irish Coastguard SAR helicopters, another fishing vessel and two commercial ships were also part of the rescue effort. The Scilly’s lifeboat, under the command of Stuart Hitchens, turned back when crew were informed that the men were safe. It had travelled 31 nautical miles from the Steeple buoy when they received the good news.
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All 84 crew members have been evacuated from the "Fugro Symphony" after a fire started in an electrical switch room in the lower decks on May 20, 2015. They were taken to the Fishermen's Mission in Peterhead. Fire crews were alerted at 3 a.m. and had the blaze under control within two hours. At the height of the incident 35 firefighters of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were involved in tackling the fire. The SFRS had five appliances, a foam unit and an incident support unit at the scene. Three firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and a member of the ship's firefighting team traced the fire to the supply generator room. They battled the blaze using CO2 extinguishers and the ship's internal firefighting mechanisms.
The inspector of the Seamen's Federation was shocked when he saw the conditions on board the "Nadir" docked in Kristiansund. Inspector Rune Larsen was struggling to find the words when he was going to describe conditions aboard the ship. He has inspected a large number of ships over the years, and he has never experienced anything like it.
He described it to be by far the worst he has ever seen. The entire ship was very rusty with loose planks in a mess on the floor. The cabins for the 14 crew members were a distressing sight. The fire on board has made the bad conditions worse. The vessel was scheduled to sail from Kristiansund to sea in a fortnight, but the crew was afraid to go out to the sea as it was dangerous both for life and health. Larsen has sent a eport to the Norwegian Maritime Directorate which promised to have a look at the conditions on board.
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More than a month after the sinking of the “Oleg Naydenov” the first of on the whole eight leaks could be patched. Two ROVS were sent down from the Norwegian offshore ship "Fugro Saltire" which achieved the success 10 days after the arrival in spite of winds of 30 knots and wave heights of 3,5 meters.
Search for Missing Containership Captain Called Off
Since 15 May, the crew of the German-flagged containership Hanjin Miami, and other merchant vessels in the area, have been searching for the captain of the Hanjin Miami who went missing off the southwest coast of India. Sadly, after over three days of searching, they have have come up empty and the Hanjin Miami is now back underway toward the Suez, according to a statement by Reederei NSB, the operators of the 7,500 TEU containership.
The ship’s captain was reported missing by the ship’s crew near position 07 48 N, 075 35 E according to a gCaptain source.
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Undefinable odors occurred aboard the "Vancouver Express" for unknown reasons on May 19, 2015, which had berthed at the Burchard Quay in Hamburg on May 18, having come from Norfolk, USA, via Rotterdam. First the environmental service of the protection guard and a fire truck were called and carried out an exploration on the ship. Then they alerted more task forces and special components of the fire brigade of Hamburg. On the auyside appropriate precautions for a possible decontamination were installed. The fire squad entered the ship with body protection with a telescopic mast vehicle of the environmental protection guard. Two tank containers were identified as a potential source of the emissions. They were loaded with valeric acid which is used for the production of lubricating oils. A leak was detected in one of the tank containers. The second container was undamaged.
Because these containers were not directly accessible, these had to be removed with gantry cranes and placed in a protective tray for further investigations. Final measurements in the cargo hold showed an increased concentration of pollutants in the air. The cargo area was closed and locked. A work ban was pronounced. All other measures were coordinated with the environmental authority, the water police, the owner of the ship and a cleaning company.
VARD Delivers 280 Tons Of Bollard Pull AHTS To NorSkan
DOF AS reports today the 280 ton bollard pull anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS) Skandi Angra was delivered yesterday from Vard Niterói shipyard to its owner, NorSkan Offshore Ltda and has since commenced an 8-year contract for Petrobras. NorSkan Offshore is a wholly-owned Brazilian subsidiary of DOF AS.
The vessel is a VARD AH11 design and features a conventional 18,000 BHP propulsion configuration with twin controllable pitch propellers, each powered by a two diesel engines through a twin input single output gear box.
Skandi Angra is the second vessel in a series of three vessels from the same yard. The first vessel, Skandi Urca, was delivered last year and the third vessel, Skandi Paraty is scheduled for delivery early 2016. All vessels have secured long term contracts with Petrobras.
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On May 19, 2015, the "LLV Svetlana" slammed into the quay at Fuglenes in Hammerfest. The unloaded ship came in too fast and crashed into the pier possibly due to a miscalculation. Concrete was broken out and couple of rebar came forward.
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