On Jan 25, 2015, the "Francisco de Paula Navarro" was disabled due to a rudder failure between Mallorca and Eivissa. The crew of seven sent a distress call, and the oceanographic Research vessel was taken in tow by the "Salvamar Acrux" from Portals which towed it to the port of Palma.
Dozens of servicemembers have debarked the USNS "Sgt. Matej Kocak", which remained grounded on a reef about six miles east of Okinawa on Jan 26. Of the 131 people who were aboard when the ship ran aground at 11:30 a.m. on Jan 23, 47 soldiers and 18 Marines have since transported by a landing craft ship to their shore-based commands. The soldiers and Marines aboard the civilian-crewed ship were maintaining the gear while headed to military exercises. The ship remained stuck on a reef just outside of a deep-water shipping channel, where the open ocean is separated from Nakagusuku Bay, also known as Buckner Bay.
Tugs connected to the vessel were keeping tit from jostling too much over the reef and rocks. A team from the Navy’s Supervisor of Diving and Salvage and another from the Military Sealift Command were trying to determine the best way to get the ship off the reef.
The "Omanda" was successfully raised from the water alongside the fisheries quay of Merlus Seafood Processors on Jan 18 around midnight. The "Omanda" has been towed to the small-craft harbour in the port of Walvis Bay on Jan 19 and repair work was soon to start to the vessel on the Walvis Bay syncrolift. The tugboat sank after it hit a sandbank in the fisheries harbour. The crippled tug was ordered to sail to the nearest quayside which at the time was the fisheries quay of Merlus Seafood Processor. The vessel settled alongside on the bottom 11 p.m. with her wheelhouse still above the water surface. On Jan 14 salvage teams started to prepare the vessel to be raised to the surface by sealing the hull and hull doors and pumping all water from the vessel. But on Jan 16 at 2 p.m. something went wrong and the vessel capsized and sank again. This time, the vessel settled on her portside with the wheelhouse also submerged. Within 60 hours, salvage teams again ensured the vessel was sealed and pumping operations resulted in the vessel being fully re-floated by midnight on Sunday. On Jan 19 the vessel was towed to the small-craft harbour. During the past few days investigators inspected the vessel and it was ensured she was prepared to be pulled out of the water at the Walvis Bay syncrolift for a refit which is expected to run into tens of millions of Namibian Dollar. Meanwhile it was reported that an underwater survey, as well as physical inspection by divers, revealed the "Omanda" struck a sandbank where the fisheries channel and the fishing harbour meets.
Report with photo:
Four workers were crushed to death by a falling structure at a shipyard in Busan on Jan 21, 2015. The operator’s cabin attached to a 40-ton crane used for shipbuilding broke away around 9:46 a.m. The cabin fell about 20 meters and rolled over on its side, crushing one person inside and three people who were standing on top of it. Three of them died instantly with the remaining one being trapped under the debris for about two hours. The man was later pronounced dead. The victims were all in their late 50s or early 60s. They appeared to have been trying to take the crane apart to free up the space for other purposes. A total of five workers had been deployed, with four of them tasked with severing the link between the cabin and the crane. The fifth worker had stayed on the ground and survived. It appeared that they were trying to disconnect the cabin without proper safety equipment. The shipyard is owned by Geochung Shipbuilding Co. It had belonged to Dae Sun Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. until December 2014.