On Apr 20, 2017, the "MSC Mirella" lost propulsion seven miles SW of the island of Milos with a crew of 27 on board and went adrift enroute from Piraeus to Mersin. Salvors of Vernicos Tugs & Salvage were contracted to take the ship in tow and deployed two tugs. The "MSC Ravenna" (IMO: 9484431) which had sailed from Piraeus at 8.30 a.m., went on standby at the vessel. The ship resumed sailing at 8 p.m. under own power after the crew managed to fix the damage and restart the engine with the technical support of the "MSC Ravenna".
Reports of oil spills in the Kerch Strait following the wreck of the "Geroi Arsenal" have not been confirmed. Specialists continued to monitor water and shoreline where any potential spills may drift to. The Black and Azov Sea Department of Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources were still monitoring the water and shoreline. The cargo ship carried about 30 tonnes of diesel fuel. The rescuers set up oil containment booms to keep the oil from washing ashore.
Only one motorman was picked up from water alive, suffering from severe hypothermia. So far, three dead bodies have been recovered and identified, and eight people were still missing. Search operations were still being conducted.
The empty barge "Baymaster IV" washed ashore in the morning of Apr 20, 2017, at Palm Beach on Ocean Reef Park’s beach. She broke loose from the "Na Hoku" near the Lake Worth Inlet during a crew switch. The Coast Guard was notified at about 5 a.m. that the barge beached on Singer Island on the 3800 block of North Ocean Drive. No one was injured nor is there any threat of pollution.
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The "Sewol" recovery was to pick up speed and expectations were growing that recovery workers will soon encounter the remains of the nine missing victims who died aboard the ferry, after they entered the compartment where most of the Danwon High School boys stayed, on Apr 20. The workers cut a 1.2-meter-by-1.5-meter entrance into the rear part of the passenger compartment on the ferry’s fourth deck, the second such entrance made into the compartment following one made in the front of the compartment. Two teams of eight entered the ferry using both entrances to facilitate the recovery process. The group consisted of eight officials - one each from the Coast Guard, Fire Department and National Forensic Service, and five from Korea Salvage. They entered the ferry to sift through mud to find the remains and belongings of the victims. Instead of digging with large shovels, which could break human bones, the team used small trowels as the workers searched by hand. Workers also set up surveillance cameras, lighting and ventilation systems. The team decided to cut nine entrances in the passenger compartment after concluding that it would not interfere with finding the cause of the sinking. The workers were using a sieve that could separate objects as small as three millimeters in diameter, considering the smallest remains of the victims would be the size of a tooth belonging to the youngest victim, a boy, Kwon Hyuk-kyu, who was seven at the time of the sinking.
The workers began separating what could be the remains of the victims from the recovered mud that had been put in 2,600 large bags weighing between 150 and 200 kilograms each. The process was overseen by two archeology experts: Chungbuk National University archaeology professor Park Sun-ju and Yeungnam University professor Song Jang-gun.
The workers emptied one bag at a time on a flat and level board before slowly washing the contents using water at 30 degrees Celsius to minimize possible damage to the remains.
Upon finding what would be believed to be the remains of the victims, the team would halt search operations and notify the bereaved family members.
The investigation into the ferry disaster will begin as early as late May, after it secures a budget and hires workers. The committee convened a second official meeting n Apr 20 to discuss the particulars about who should investigate which papers submitted to the committee as evidence. The papers were sent from a joint investigation team of police, the prosecution, courts, the Board of Audit and Inspection, a now-defunct special committee that first investigated the ferry and the Korea Maritime Safety Tribunal. The committe planned to convene meetings every Friday.
As of Apr 20, more than 160 objects were recovered including four cellphones, clothing, shoes, bags, purses, a student ID and cosmetics.
The phones were handed over to the special committee as they were deemed to have probative value in determining the cause of the ferry sinking. The committee plans to send them to an independent private body to restore their data.
Italy's highest court on Apr 20, 2017, began reviewing the case of Francesco Schettino, the captain of the "Costa Concordia".
Schettino, dubbed "Captain Coward" for abandoning the stricken vessel, was handed a 16-year and one month jail term in 2015 in a ruling that was upheld last year by an appeals court. The Court of Cassation in Rome could uphold the verdict or order the case to be reviewed by a fresh appeals court. It was not expected to rule before early May. Schettino, 56, was convicted of multiple manslaughter, causing a maritime accident and abandoning ship before all passengers and crew had been evacuated. He was not in court on Apr 20.
Prosecutors have argued his recklessness was to blame for the fate of the giant ship, which struck underwater rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio on the night of January 14, 2012, and toppled over. The violation of the ancient code of the sea which states a captain must be the last man off a sinking ship only accounted for one year of the sentence handed down by a three-judge panel in the Tuscan town of Grosseto. During the first 19-month trial, Schettino was accused of showing off when he steered the ship too close to the island while entertaining a female friend.
Schettino's lawyers had insisted the accident and its deadly consequences were primarily due to organisational failings for which the ship's owner, Costa Crociere, its Indonesian helmsman and the Italian coastguard should have shared the blame.
They also argued that it was not the collision, but rather the chaos that ensued due to the ship losing power that was the direct cause of the deaths. Schettino could not be blamed for the mechanical failures, they said.
Costa Crociere avoided potential criminal charges by accepting partial responsibility and agreeing to pay a one million Euro fine.
Five of its employees received non-custodial sentences after concluding plea bargains early in the investigation.
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A generator’s control panel aboard the "VF Tanker 16" caught fire on Apr 17, 2017, at 5.30 p.m. The ship was six miles off the Volna Oil Terminal, Kerch, in the Black Sea. The fire was quickly extinguished, the damaged parts of generator could be fixed or replaced, and on Apr 18 at 4.45 p.m. the master reported that the generator was operable again.
On Apr 18, 2017, the "Samur 3", coming from Baltiysk, was in allision with a steel-concrete pontoon at Kaliningrad while berthing. The vessel suffered a breach sized about 10x10 centimeters above waterline in bulkhead area 111.