Port of Dover police have charged three men after an assault on the "Spirit of France" in March as the vessel returned to Dover. While assaulting a passenger on board the "Spirit of France", the caused actual bodily harm. They are also jointly charged with threatening unlawful violence towards others. All three men will appear before Folkestone magistrates on the January 6, 2014.
Vietnamese authorities on Dec 4 have concluded that the collision between the "Sima Sapphire" and a local fishing boat 54 nautical miles off the coast of Vung Tau, that killed eight people on Sep 16 was caused by the negligence of the cargo ship’s second mate. The radar had detected the boat sailing in the opposite direction 20 minutes before the collision, and the ship’s black box also showed that during his shift, Plakida played music very loudly. On seeing the boat, he failed to steer the vessel away to avoid the collision. The fishing boat was not on guard despite having one fisherman on watch.
After the Vietnam Maritime Administration announced its findings they were handed over to police in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, where the accident took place, for further investigation.
The f/v sank, but the container ship’s crew managed to rescue eight of the 16 fishermen aboard. After the accident the ship was held for investigations but was released later, while its Ukrainian master Koba Mykola and the second mate Sergiy Plakida, 33, have been prohibited from leaving Vung Tau. According to the maritime administration, the vessel left Ho Chi Minh City on Sep 15 for Port Klang. The "Sima Sapphire"’s owners paid US$ 260,000 to the fishing boat’s owner, $ 13,000-19,000 to each dead man's family, and $ 4,000 to each survivor.
Egesund assisted possible dive wreck adrift in Svendborg
The tug "Egesund" was alarmed in the morning of Dec 6, 2013, after the decomissioned Danish ferry "Ærøsund", 873 gt (IMO: 7034713), broke free from its mooring in the port of Svendborg at Frederiksøen and drifted off with six to seven knots. The ship finally crashed into a floating dock of the motor yard Petersen & Sørensen where the wheelhouse merged into the dock. The damage on the floating dock still had to be assessed, the "Ærøsund" however was badly damaged. The ferry was secured to the dock until the storm had subsided. Actually there is a dispute with the Transport Ministry about the ferry why it should not be sunk as a dive wreck in the Svendborg Sound though it has already been cleaned for this purpose.
Danish report with photo:
On Dec 8, 2013, the "Tidevind" allided with the pier at Hareid. The accident happened while the ferry was about to dock. Due to a technical failure the ship could not stop in time and crashed against the quay. The port side bow was severely damaged, one window of the Lounge split. One of the crew members and one of the seven passengers were sent to the emergency room, but they did not suffer serious injuries. An express boat was inserted on the route Ålesund - Sulesund departuring at 11:55 a.m. A replacement ferry on the route Hareid-Valderøya-Ålesund started at 2.55 p.m.
Norwegian reports with photos:
The "3 Oak" ran aground in the southern embankment of the Kiel Canal at canal km 43 on Dec 7, 2013, around 5 p.m. while being enroute from Szczecin to Rotterdam. The ship had suffered an engine failure before. The canal was closed until the vessel was refloated and allowed to proceed. It berthed at Brunsbüttel at 11.15 p.m. and continued ist voyage on Dec 8 around noon.
With the high temperature reaching only 18 degrees Fahrenheit and wind gusts that hit 17 mph at one point on Dec 7, salvage operations at the "Stephen L. Colby" continued to go slowly. The vessel’s bow remained submerged, but hopes continued that it would be floated sometime on Dec 8. The pumps needed to remove water from the vessel were tested, and a 10-inch tube poured more than 400 gallons of water per minute back into the Mississippi River for about a half an hour in the afternoon. There was a patch over the hole in the hull, and it was checked to see if it was holding. Salvors also wanted to make sure there was no water coming in from somewhere else. A second barge with a crane was moved into place to assist in lifting the tug. Some petroleum product was spotted near the vessel on Dec 7, and crews worked to soak it up. Response crew efforts continued on Dec 8, despite being hampered by ice forming on the Mississippi River and below freezing conditions.
Report with photos:
Cameroon-flagged coastal cargo vessel LD Challenger was attacked on Dec 3 13 at 0130 LT in position 04 20N 008 45E, in Cameroon waters, Gulf of Guinea. Two speedboats with some 7-8 pirates in each attacked the vessel, pirates managed to board LD Challenger. Security team of Cameroon soldiers was on board, in ensuing firefighting several pirates were killed, and pirates fled. Maritime Bulletin odin.tc
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