On Apr 28, 2015, at 11.50 a.m. a fire broke out aboard the "Sorrento" 18 miles from Dragonera. The ship had left Palma de Mallorca two hours earlier. The fire quickly spread throughout the ship. Three injured persons were reported, one of whom severe. The "Visemar One" of the Balearia company, the "Puglia", ccoming from Ibiza and the "Salvamar Acrux" of Salvamento Marítimo were heading towards the ship which was cloase to Mallorca. The about 100-150 passengers abandoned ship 35 Kilometers west of the island. The ferry was enroute from Palma de Mallorca to Valencia.
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When the "Mississagi" grounded near Drummond Island she was outside the marked channel, according to Coast Guard investigators. The downbound "Mississagi" should have passed a shoal-marker buoy on its starboard side, but instead passed the buoy on its port side. The buoy marks a four-foot shoal outside the approximately 30-foot shipping channel. The ship's bow grounded on what was determined to be a mostly clay bottom.
The Coast Guard was still trying to determine why the freighter was outside the shipping lanes when it grounded in Potagannissing Bay about four miles east of De Tour Village about 1 a.m. on Apr 22. The ship was only refloated after offloading about 2,000 of its 17,000 tons of stone cargo onto a barge on Apr 25. The ship suffered a surprising lack of physical damage during the grounding, which investigators determined did not cause any fuel, ballast water or other contaminants to leak into the surrounding water. Divers didn't note any hull breaches. The ship made for its original destination of Bruce Mines before heading to Chicago after the five-hour lightering operation was carried out under Coast Guard supervision.
Depending on the investigation results, the ship's owner L ower Lakes Towing of Port Dover, Ontario, could face a fine between $5,000 and $25,000. Because the grounding happened outside the St. Marys River shipping channel, there was no vessel traffic disruption.
An oil slick was spotted at approximately midday on Apr 27, 2015, in Tauranga by Bridge Marina staff who contacted Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Pollution Hotline and the Port.
Heavy fuel oil had leaked from a pipe during fuel bunkering. Bunkering was stopped immediately when the spill was noticed. The exact amount of oil lost has yet to be determined. Staff deployed absorbent booms at the spill site to contain the oil as much as possible but poor weather conditions made oil retrieval efforts impractical until Apr 28. Oil has been washed up high on the foreshore at Maungatapu covering about 300 metres of the beach north east of Turret Road. There are other smaller areas of oil at Motuopuhi Island and near Turret Road. Most was trapped in debris and vegetation, which is being removed as quickly as possible. The National Oil Spill Response and National Wildlife Response teams have been notified and Maritime New Zealand has sent an observer. Teams of trained responders and two boats were deployed today to the main oiled sites:
- Maungatapu and Motuopuhi Island for manual clean-up of foreshore and deployment of booms to contain any remaining washed-up oil
- Berth 7 to deploy further booms around the oil spill source site
- Bridge Marina to recover oil from around the marina, using a sucker truck. The waste is being stored in sealed skips before being assessed at Te Maunga and disposed of at the specialst Hampton Downs facility in the Waikato.
One dead in explosion at Karstensens Yard in Skagen
An explosion occurred on the newbuilding of a fishery inspection vessel at the Karstenens Skibsværft A/S on Apr 24, 2015, killing a yard worker aged 51 years. He was taken by helicopter to the Rigshospital where he succoumbed to his injuries at 9 p.m. Another man was treated with burns at hands and face to the hospital in Odense. Five workers were checked for smoke gas inhalation at the Hjørring Hospital in Ålborg, three of whom had to be medically treated. The accident happened during welding works at the crankshaft.