The "Queen of Burnaby" is undergoing repairs for the second time this year on a part leaking oil. The ferry has been temporarily removed from service on the Comox-Powell River route to repair a propeller hub. The ship has developed an oil leak in its starboard propeller. It was leaking about 25 litres of oil per day into the water. The Queen of Burnaby was expected to return to regularly scheduled service on July 29.
B.C. Ferries switched lubricants on the "Queen of Burnaby" after another leak. The vessel was already out of service for three weeks in January, when the propeller hub was found to be leaking traditional oil. B.C. Ferries believed that leak lasted between five and seven days. Crews used booms and soaker pads to clean what they could, but much of it evaporated. For the January repair, B.C. Ferries used original parts from the manufacturer, brought in authorized representatives and had its own experts oversee the process. The vessel is due for retirement early next year. It will be replaced by the $84-million "Salish Orca" — the first of three new liquefied natural gas-fuelled vessels joining the fleet.
While the vessel is out of service, the "Island Sky" will operate on a modified schedule, providing service between Comox, Texada Island and Powell River. The North Island Princess and the "Quinitsa" will operate on the Saltery Bay-Earls Cove route on a modified schedule.
Complimentary travel will be offered to customers travelling to and from Texada Island. A 40-person water taxi service will carry foot passengers between Texada Island and the government dock next to Westview Terminal in Powell River. It will operate according to regularly published sailing times for the Texada Island-Powell River route.
On July 20, 2016, around 4 a.m. the "Sorrento Jet" was gutted by a fire at the dock San Lorenzo in Vieste, where the ferry was moored. Unidentified persons had set it on fire using flammable liquid and a raudo trigger, the Mistral did the rest and destroyed the ferry that transported tourists from Vieste to the Tremiti Islands. The fire developed in the boat's wheelhouse and then spread onto the whole ship as the bow was directed into the wind A team of firefighters of the Gargano Vico fire department supporetd by the patrol boat "CP 880" tried to extinguish the flames and to secure the area. On the spot were also the civil protection volunteers 'Pegaso' from Vieste. Already last year, unknown persons had tried to set the ship on fire, but without success. Just a few days ago, however, three rubber boats used by tour operator Gargano for sightseeing in the archipelago bays and coves of Diomede were damaged - they were torn and rendered useless.
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On July 20, 2016, at 0732 a.m. the "Emine Anne" got out of control and stuck on a breakwater in the Bozcaada district of Çanakkale. The ship was en route from Constanta to Ancona with a cargo of 1330 tons profile iron and a crew of nine. The captain requested assistance from the Dardanelles Strait Vessel Traffic Services Office which dispatched the Coastguard boat "Kıyı emniyeti 9". The lifeboat was on scene at 9 a.m.
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On July 19, 2016, at 7.45 p.m. the "Maintal", 2731 ts (EU-No.: 04806300), short after having sailed from the port of Gustavsburg, suffered a failure of the bow thruster downbound on the Rhine. Underneath the oil port the ship veered off course and allided with the piers of the SCM Marina at the right river shore. The tanker dropped anchor in the fairway and was arrested by the crew of the water police Wiesbaden. This was lifted on July 20 at 00.30 a.m. by the shipping authority Bingen after an inspector of the owner company Maintal Schifffahrtsgesellschaft had found that the rudder and the main engine were working properly. For this purpose the ship had carried out a trial escorted by a boat of the water police. The tanker was allowed to continue the voyage to Gelsenkirchen where the bow thruster was to be investigated.
The body of Ambarish Parekh, 69, of Laplace, was found by a fisherman on the lower Mississippi River near Donaldsonville on July 19 where he fell as he crossed a ramp from a tug to the "African Raptor". The body would be held at the parish Coroner's Office until arrangements could be made.
The "LÉ James" Joyce has successfully rescued 128 migrants from a rubber craft located 37 nautical miles northwest of Tripoli. The rescue commenced at 6.30 a.m. on July 19, 2016, and all migrants were on board the Naval Service vessel by 9.20 a.m., where they were given food, water and medical treatment. The migrants were transported to Valletta and transferred to the Italian authorities.
On July 16, 2016, the "Flormar" was disabled east of Torrevieja and requested for assistance of Salamento Maritimo. The SAR-boat "Mesana" was dispatched and took the vessel in tow to Carboneras.
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Eight people have been rescued on July 19, 2016, at noon after the "Fusion" suffered water ingress and was threatened to sink near Freus in the strait between Ibiza and Formentera at the height of Cavallet. The captain has remained on board while the rest of the crew has been rescued by the ferry "Joven Antonia II', which is runmomg between Ibiza and Formentera, and was nearby when the yacht issued a distress call. Salvamento Marítimo initially mobilized two ships, the "Salvamar Markab" and the tug "Marta Mata", which was in the port of Ibiza and went alongside the stricken vessel. The Coastguard have begun bailing out water to prevent the yacht from sinking and have taken the eight people to the port of Formentera.
The captain and a salvage company were trying to fix the damage under the supervision of the "Marta Mata".
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