On Oct 19, 2017, at 6.40 p.m. the "Marielyst" allided with a gate of the Kiel Canal locks in Kiel-Holtenau during a failed mooring manoever upon entering the lock. No reports about damages, which were, if any, minor. The ship continued the voyage at 9.45 p.m. It was underway from Gävle to Antwerp and moored on Steenbank anchorage on Oct 21 around 9 a.m.
Barge towed by Buster Bouchard on fire - two men missing
The US Coast Guard responded to a an explosion with ensuing fire on the barge "B255" in the morning of Oct 20, 2017, three miles off the jetties of Port Aransas, Texas. Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a mayday at 4:35 a.m from the captain of the tug "Buster Bouchard", who reported that the barge attached to his tug was on fire and two crew members were unaccounted for. The explosion happened while the tug was pulling in anchor about 3.25 miles offshore. The vessel was inbound, heading to the Gulf Copper Ship Yard in Port Aransas.
A Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 45-foot response boat and an Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew departed to search for the missing crewmembers. A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office and a representative from Gallagher, who is representing Bouchard Transportation who owns the barge, has been set up to manage the incident. The Coast Guard had an EADS-HC 144 airplane and an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter used for rescues in the air above the barge.
The Port of Corpus Christi’s fireboat along with other local assets are on scene and attempting to extinguish the fire. The Coast Guard has established a 1,000 yard safety zone and is working with the pilots and harbor master to control vessel traffic in the area. As a precautionary measure, air monitoring is being conducted. At this time, there was no indication of health risks to the public. A pollution boom is being staged to protect the environment. The barge was loaded with approximately 133,000 barrels of crude oil. There were initial reports of some oil in the water.
Six of the eight crew members were rescued, one of the men initially missing found dead around 11 a.m. As of 11:30 a.m. firefighters from the Corpus Christi Fire Department were still fighting the blaze by boat. The tank barge remained anchored as it burnt off fuel. The tug was nearby, detached and also anchored.
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