The "Green Freezer" was waiting for the tug "Völlur" to arrive. Meanwhile oil barriers were laid out around the ship to avoid a possible contamination from the vessel. Divers explored the hull, and it became clear
that one propeller blade was completely off and the rudder damaged. It has also been decided to wait for the Coastguard vessel "Thor" which is expected on scene at dinner time.
Icelandic Report with photos:
General avegage was declared by the insurance companies of all stakeholders on Sep 12. That means the organization of farm owners are jointly liable for the costs of the rescue of the values which were aboard the "Samskip Akrefjell". The final amount will not end all claims for payment of a reward. The case will be processed through the insurance companies concerned. The evaluation process has been running after declaring General Average and assesses the value of the salvaged both of cargo and ship. It was xpected that the process would take several weeks. Aboard the cargo ship were frozen seafood and general exports, such as dry products. The Operators hired another ship, the "Horst B", to receive the shipment. The ship sailed from REykjavik on Sep 15 and it was expected to Reydarfjördur on Sep 19. Later the same day the ship was to sail to the Faroe Islands and from there to the UK and the Netherlands. The crew of 13 of the casualty vessel was still in Iceland. They were all foreign nationals.from the Philippines and Eastern Europe, including Ukraine and Lithuania. The captain who was indicted for violation of maritime law. His case ended on Sep 13 with penalty decision but he agreed with the District Court of East to pay a fine of 700,000 Crowns for falling asleep at the helm. Samskip could possibly sell the vessel for scrap. The bottom was heavily damaged and the engine room flooded. It would need a lot of steel to repair the ship. It was uncertain whether it paid off the final costs.
The Coast Guard respondied to the sinking of the tug "Maverick" on the upper Mississippi River near Chester at about 12:30 a.m. on Sep 18, 2014. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received the initial report of the "Maverick" sinking at mile marker 105. There was a crew of two persons aboard the vessel when it sank. Both crewmembers were safely rescued by the towing vessel "Hortense B Ingram" and were examined at a local hospital with no reported injuries. The Coast Guard established a safety zone from mile marker 104 to 106 on the upper Mississippi River until the location of the sunken vessel is confirmed. The "Maverick" had an estimated 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel and an undetermined amount of lube oil on board when it sank. Pollution cleanup, salvage, and dive contractors have been contacted and are enroute to respond to this incident. There were currently no reports of fuel in the water. Personnel from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Kentucky, will supervise any response and recovery efforts.
Iran’s naval forces have rescued the "Xin Lian Yun Gang" from an attack by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Five boats, each containing five armed pirates, attacked the ship in an attempt to hijack the vessel in the morning of Sep 17, 2014, but the Iranian Navy’s 31st fleet of war vessels foiled the move. The Iranian destroyer was deployed to the area immediately after receiving an emergency call from the troubled vessel and forced the assailants to flee the scene by using light weapons and special operation Teams. The vessel was on its way from Singapore to the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia when it came under attack in the Gulf of Aden. It continued its voyage after being rescued from the pirates.
Maritime (MARAD) Administrator Paul N. Jaenichen will host a ceremony on Friday, September 19, 2014 in Portsmouth, Va. to honor the civilian crew who helped to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons at sea aboard the MV Cape Ray.
The MV Cape Ray, crewed by all-volunteer U.S. Merchant Mariners, supported an international effort with China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia and the U.K. to destroy Syrian chemical weapons and agents at sea.
Upon its completion, President Obama called the mission “a major milestone in the international community’s efforts under the leadership of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to rid the Syrian regime of its chemical weapons,” adding that it “further advances [the] collective goal to ensure that the Asad regime cannot use its chemical arsenal against the Syrian people and sends a clear message that the use of these abhorrent weapons has consequences and will not be tolerated by the international community.”
The M/V Cape Ray is one of MARAD’s 46 Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ships that stand ready to provide rapid movement of equipment and supplies during times of national and humanitarian emergencies.
MNZ Inspectors Board Fishing Vessels Off South Island
A joint operation by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the New Zealand Defence Force – Operation Moana – has seen 16 fishing vessels operating off the west coast of the South Island boarded and inspected to ensure they are meeting environmental and safety standards.
Two Korean-flagged foreign charter fishing vessels (FCFVs) – Gom 379 and Ser Este 700 – were sent back to port to rectify non-compliances related to marine protection rules.
In addition to environmental protection issues, inspection of the vessels covered certification and life-saving appliances, emergency preparedness and working practices.
UASC charters 9,000 TEU newbuilding 'Asiatic Summer' from Asiatic Lloyd
THE United Arab Shipping Co (UASC) has chartered a 9,034-TEU newbuilding from Singapore-based non-operating owner Asiatic Lloyd. The wide beam neopanamax containerships, Asiatic Summer was recently delivered by the Hyundai Samho shipyard, and is anchored at Busan awaiting her new assignment in October, reports Alphaliner. UASC will deploy the ship on the FE-West Med AMC 1/AMX 1 service jointly operated with CSCL. This service is to be upgraded with 9,000-9,500 TEU ships replacing UASC's 6,918 TEU class units, which are in turn to be shifted to the Indian subcontinent / MEUSEC Mina service. The move comes ahead of the planned Ocean Three arrangement forged by CMA CGM, CSCL and UASC to cooperate on the FE-Europe and FE-North America trades.