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, ETA Oct 21, 5 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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US Virgin Islands on track to reopen for cruise business
The US Virgin Islands has started work to repair the damage caused by two recent hurricanes so it can reopen to cruise ships in the next couple of months.
Volunteers and aid organisations have provided resident with food and shelter, as well as supplies to help with the clean-up of the islands so it can return to normality and once again welcome visitng cruise passengers and other tourists.
“Hopefully in the next number of days we will be making a formal announcement about the return of cruise traffic to the territory,” said Mapp, who will meet with the Department of Tourism and the port authority to develop a strategy for handling future cruise visits. “The turnstiles cannot be opened without adequate infrastructure in place...to ensure that visitors can have a good and safe time and a very positive experience.”
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which completed two ‘mercy missions’ to help evacuate visitors and residents from the Caribbean territory, is one of the first lines to demonstrate its commitment to returning to the US Virgin Islands when possible. Further reading at www.cruiseandferr...
The marine operations at the port of Durban were partially resumed on Oct 11 at around 6.30 p.m. although a number of berths and adjacent navigation areas remained unavailable to shipping. According to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) 80% of the navigable area of the port was declared safe for marine operations. The berths D, C and E at the City Ro-Ro Terminal (Point), 104, 105, 107 at Pier 1, 108 on the cross berths, and 200, 202 and 203 at DCT Pier 2 remained unavailable until Oct 12. The results of sounding surveys that were conducted indicate that there is some obstruction on the seabed that could pose a risk to navigation but that in the interest of ensuring safe navigation of vessels, operations have commenced in channels that are clear from obstruction. Port teams remain on scene and the Business Continuity Plan (BCP) will remain in place until normality is restored at the port.
The swift action by TNPA, in collaboration with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and African Marine Solutions (AMSOL), saw the successful delivery of a multi-vessel emergency operation during the inclement weather on Oct 10. By 6.30 p.m. the three vessels that were grounded had been successfully refloated and remoored. The 2,5 hour operation included up to eight tugs and 70 individuals working to secure the vessels. Among the tugs assisting in operation was the Port of Durban’s powerful new "Umbilo" which was recently built.
First priority was the stricken "MSC Ines" which was grounded across the port’s entrance channel. Five tugs successfully towed the vessel to safety. Next to be secured was the tanker "Bow Triumph" at Island View berth 4, followed by the "SM New York" which was remoored and stabilised at the Durban Container Terminal. Teams had also managed to refloat the floating dock at the premises of Southern African Shipyards together with one of TNPA’s nine new tugs which was still under construction at the shipyard.
Mopping up operations continued on Oct 11. TNPA’s Dredging Services division, Subtech – a private marine service company – and drones conducted sounding surveys to highlight any unsafe build-up or obstruction on the seabed that could pose a risk to navigation. Engineering teams aided by aerial drones were conducting physical assessments of affected port buildings and infrastructure to assist in quantifying damage.