The Coast Guard was searching for a man who went overboard from the "Liberty of the Seas" as it approached South Florida on Mar 22, 2015. Around 9 p.m., a passenger onboard the ship reported that he saw another guest go overboard. The ship was approximately 20 miles off of Marathon. A review of the ship’s closed-circuit camera footage observed a 47-year-old male guest from the U.S. climbing over the railing and going overboard from deck 12. The ship, along with the Coast Guard, searched through the night but did not spot the man. Early in the morning of Mar 23, the Coast Guard advised the ship’s crew that they would take over the search and they could resume its journey to Port Everglades.
The chief electrician of the "Highspeed 5", aged 40, died in a fire aboard the ship on Mar 23, 2015, which broke out around noon at the shipbuilding area of Drapetsona and spread rapidly due to flammable materials. The charred body was found on the deck of the high-speed passenger ship which had been undergoing repairs at the pier in Keratsini. 21 workers were rescued. The fire caused considerable damage to the ship and gutted much of the superstructure. 30 firefighters with 10 engines and a fireboat were mobilized to the ship at 1.30 p.m. Hellenic Seaways was cooperating with the authorities in order to investigate the causes of the fire.
Greek reports with photos and video:
The "Saga Falcon" arrived at Jinagyin on Mar 23 and was now awaiting drydock space after the Rio de la Plata grounding. The ship's bottom will be repaired at the Changxi Shipyard, which has already been a familiar drydock for the Saga Welco vessels in the past.
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Fish waste to be pumped out before salvage can start
On Mar 23 the cargo of the "Scan Master" was drained at Hemnskjela. Initially it was planned that the tanker should be pulled off in the night, but the plan was postponed indefinitely. The load consisted of several hundred tons of ensillage, which is fish waste. Probably it would not be necessary to remove all the load, just enough to get the ship, which was aground with one third of the foreship, high enough. This operation could be done in a few hours. On board were also 15 cubic meters of diesel fuel, eight cubic meters in a shield tank and the rest in a bottom tank. There was little danger of leakage.
If the removal of the load was on schedule in the afternoon, the salvage of the "Scan Master" could be tried at the earliest during the next high tide in the night from Mar 23 to Mar 24. The tugs "Squalus" and "Abramis" will both assist in the salvage operation.
Norwegian reports with photos and video:
The ship master in charge of a 37,000 tonne fertiliser carrier ship has been fined $3000 for operating the ship while almost five times the permitted alcohol limit.
Parmod Kumar, 36, pleaded guilty to a charge of operating a ship with an excess breath alcohol when he appeared in Tauranga District Court today.
On March 22 this year, Kumar breached the Maritime Transport Act, by being a master of the carrier ship African Harrier while he attempted to perform "designated safety" duties, while his breath alcohol exceeded 250 micrograms.
When Kumar was breath tested by police while the ship was docked at the Port of Tauranga he was found to have an alcohol reading of 1229 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.