On Feb 17, 2017, the "Louise Jane" assisted the British f/v f/v "Out of the Blue" which had submitted a mayday at approximately 11:25 a.m. to the Dover Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) which accordingly informed the CROSS Gris-Nez. The vessel had suffered severe water ingress nine nautical miles from Cape Gris-Nez with one person on board. The "Louise Jane", whiich was nearby, came to assist the vessel by pumping the water out before attempting a tow. The English skipper of the "Out of the Blue" was then transferred to the "Louise Jane". A Dauphin helicopter of the French Navy, stationed at Le Touquet, diverted from his training flight to monitor the operation and found that theskipper was safe. No further assistance was requested. At 11:53 a.m., despite the assistance, the "Out of the Blue" eventually sank. Its owner, in shock, was then brought back to the port of Dover by the "Louise Jane", where he was taken in charge at 12:30 p.m. by the English Coastguard. At the same time, an Urgent NavigationAdvisory (AVURNAV) was issued to inform sea users of the position of the sinking of the vessel. The ship has sunk by about 50 meters and did not represent a danger to navigation.
The "Sea Lady" was refloated on Feb 16 and taken to a berth in the port of Skikda for offloading the cargo of 42000 tons corn. Excessive speed of the ship was said to be the cause of the grounding, and as it it tended to veer to starboard, it diverted to low draft docks instead of going directly to its berth no 13. The first towing operation that was conducted in the night of Feb 15 failed because of the low tide. The next attept was undertaken by six tugs of 2500 and 6500 hp in the morning of Feb 17, requiring a list of four degrees to allow the ship to slip off the shallow and get to the wharf.
French report with photo:
The joint effort undertaken by a Disaster Management team at the Port of Ngqura has helped to avert a potential maritime disaster and ultimately saved the container vessel APL Austria, which caught fire last weekend.
Transnet National Ports Authority, Transnet Port Terminals, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Fire Department, South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), South African Police Services (SAPS), National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and a stevedoring company, worked together to battle the blaze, and the fire was eventually extinguished on Wednesday, February 15.
Ngqura Port Manager, Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana, said the port had lost only half a day of operation on Monday, February 13 before container offloading resumed.
“It took just two and a half days to extinguish this dangerous blaze. Credit must be given to the disaster management role players for working together seamlessly. Our waterside and landside employees at the port also demonstrated that – despite being a relatively young harbour – Ngqura is well equipped to manage such a crisis,” she said.
“From a TNPA perspective, our efforts were led by the Harbor Master and supported by a 29-strong team including vessel traffic services (VTS) officers, a marine safety specialist, seven crew members per tug, nine berthing crew members, a pilot boat crew of six and four TNPA fire fighters.”
“It was also a great asset to have available our powerful tugs equipped with a 70 ton bollard pull. They were instrumental as we docked the vessel, offered boundary cooling to containers at anchorage and blanket sprayed the ship to control the fire,” she added.
The NSRI assisted to remove four nonessential crew members from the vessel, one of whom was injured and treated by the Eastern Cape Department of Health. No further injuries or deaths occurred. www.marinelink.co...
A towing rope fouled the propeller of the "Captain Joy" in the port of Burgas on Jan 15, 2017. The vessel was under tow to leave the port, but the released ропе was not retracted fast enough and wrapped around the propeller. The crew reacted immediately and stopped the engine, preventing more sufficient damages to the propulsion system, but the line convolved at the propeller. The ship was towed to the anchorage off Burgas for an underwater inspection by divers, who then removed the rope. The local authorities ordered a survey and inspection of the vessel before it was released around midnight and headed to Varna, arriving there at the Devnja berth at 9.50 p.m. the same day.