On Jan 17, 2017, the "Dongeborg" encountered propulsion problems upon her arrival off Rotterdam, coming from Bilbao. The vessel dropped anchor near the Maeslant Waterbarrier to stop the drift. She received assistance by the tugs "Smit Ebro" and "Fairplay 21". Actually the ship was remaining moored at RTM anchorage N off the port.
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Tanker captain sentenced to suspended prison after collison in Bay of Biscay
The master of the "Peter Paul" which had struck the fishing vessel "Rupella" on Nov 18, 2014, in Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron was convicted. The "Rupella" had been crossing the fairway off Hourtin when the 16.30 m-boat was run over by the "Peter Paul", carrying methanol and headed by an Indian crew. The watchman on the "Rupella" did not detect the vessel approaching on the port side. One fisherman who slept awoke, climbed quickly on the bridge and saw the tanker leave without trying to get in contact with the "Rupella". The fishing boat, thanks to a favorable tide, managed to reach its home port Cotinière in Oléron several hours later. Meanwhile, the Indian officers alerted the captaincy to Bordeaux. The "Peter Paul", enroute from Bilbao, had crossed the Bay of Biscay to Bordeaux.
The captains of both ships were summoned to the Maritime Chamber of the Tribunal de Grande Instance, Bordeaux, in response to a breach of the rules of the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (Colreg), in particular establishing rules of priority. The tanker captain saw that there were several trawlers in the area, he had to be even more attentive. Prosecutor Nathalie Mathieu requested 10 months of suspended prison against the two defendants. Only the captain of the "Peter Paul" will be sentenced to eight months of suspended prison.
On Feb 24, 2016, a 35 kilometer long oil slick was spotted in the wake of the "Thisseas". The Greek shipowner Laskaridis Shipping Company was fined with one million Euros by the Brest Criminal Court on Jan 16, 2017. The captain of the vessel was fined € 30,000 for pollution caused by the bulk carrier. It was detected by a Navy plane, dragging a sheet of hydrocarbons with a width of 50 meters 340 km SW of Brest. At the hearing, experts of the Brest Ship Safety Center discovered that a valve on a dumping pipe had recently been handled on the ship.
The prosecutor Eric Mathais had asked for a fine of one million Euros against the shipowner and 200 000 € for the captain.
Fishing vessel suspected of illegal catch - voyage to port troubled in storm
On Jan 16, 2017, the "Senator" was seized by the Norwegian Coastguard in the fisheries protection zone off Svalbard. The vessel was suspected of illegal catch of snow crab on the Norwegian continental shelf. The "Senator" was inspected by "KV Svalbard" and it was then revealed that the vessel had started fishing without permission from the Norwegian authorities. Norwegian regulations prohibiting the catch of snow crab. The patrol boat "Svalbard" was escorting the ship to a Norwegian port, but bad weather created trouble. A storm created challenges for the voyage. The arrival time was therefore uncertain, but the Coast Guard hoped to have the vessel in port on Jan 19.
In the afternoon of Jan 17, the "Cape Leonidas" was slowly being pulled river upstream by the tug "Bugsier 7", "Bugsier 9“, "Bugsier 22", "Bugsier 2", "Fairplay IX“ and "Michel“ on the southern shore of the Elbe so that ship traffic could be resumed stepwise. The convoy was off Pagensand at 3 p.m. proceeding Elbe upwards with around 4 knots. Until the ship has reached port with the tide flow around 4 p.m. ship traffic continued to be hampered. In the midday hours the fairway at Kollmar was free again for transit of ships with a length of up to 150 meters. Larger ships waiting to enter port had to wait at anchor off Helgoland, ships waiting to leave port had to remain at their berths. At 7 p.m. the bulkcarrier was finally being pushed towards the quay in the Hansaport in the Köhlbrand. She left the port of Hamburg again on Jan 20 at 2 a.m. bound to Puerto Drummond, ETA Feb 5.
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The Thyborøn Rescue Station was alerted in the night of Dec 16, 2017, after the "DC Eems" got problems when leaving the Limfjord quay in the south port. The coaster had lost control in the strong current and was stranded on the east side of the fairway. The lifeboat "Martha Lerche" tried to keep the vessel against the stream so that it could not drift onto a sand bank. It turned out to be a little difficult in the strong current, but after about two hours of wrangling, they managed to release the ship which could continue the voyage to Harlingen with approximately 4500 tons gravel, ETA Jan 18.
The tanker "Heng Fan 178" collided with"Zhe Lin Ji 621" near Zhoushan on Jan 16, 2017. The "Heng Fan 178", which was carrying bunker oil from Tianjin to Fuzhou, suffered minor damage while the barge sank after the collision and three crew members of the vessel were missing. The Zhoushan Maritime Rescue Center has sent a search and rescue team after receiving a distress call from the tanker. 11 ships including nearby merchant ships have joined the search operations.
The "Heng Fan 178" collided with sand barge "Zhe Lin Ji 621" near Zhoushan on Jan 16, 2017. The "Heng Fan 178", which was carrying bunker oil from Tianjin to Fuzhou, suffered minor damage while the barge sank after the collision and three crew members of the vessel were missing. The Zhoushan Maritime Rescue Center has sent a search and rescue team after receiving a distress call from the tanker. 11 ships including nearby merchant ships have joined the search operations.
Investigators from Canada’s Transportation Safety Board returend to Cape Breton after the "Arca 1" was towed to Sydney by the "Tim McKeil", a powerful tugboat owned and operated by McKeil Marine, a Hamilton, Ontario-based firm that has interests in Cape Breton, and safely berthed at a dock at the Sydport Industrial Park. The team originally sent to the scene on Jan. 9 in anticipation of a quick rescue was recalled after it was determined it would take a few days before the ship could be successfully freed from where it was beached. The team was mpw being reassembled, but with at least one member coming from Ottawa it will take some time to mobilize. Once in Cape Breton, the investigators will have safe access to the vessel that is now berthed at the dock owned by Heddle Marine NL, a Newfoundland subsidiary of Hamilton, Ont.-based Heddle Marine Services Inc. The experts will look at the technical aspects to figure out why the power quit and the ship lost propulsion. Marine industry observers have been asking questions since Jan. 8, when the "Arca 1" lost propulsion and was pushed onto the shore by the strong winds of a harsh winter storm. The analysts said the ship’s hull was too flat and that the vessel’s outboard propulsion system was not adequate for rough waters such as the Cabot Strait.
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A crew member who disappeared from the "SBI Samba" off the Queensland coast, and was presumed dead, may have vanished after drinking a toxic substance. Crew raised the alarm on Jan 12, 2017, at 6 p.m.when the 47-year-old Filipino man could not be found on board, and about five hours after he was last seen. By the time the Australian Maritime Safety Authority was able to launch a full air and sea search, the ship was now more than 100km away from the area, between Innisfail and Lucinda. Rescue helicopters, and the Townsville Water Police searched until last light. By Jan 13 the search area spanned 800 square nautical miles and was combed with the help of AMSA's search and rescue plane, six other fixed wing planes and the same rescue chopper used the previous day. In total, eight aircrafts and five vessels were involved in the search. The "SBI Samba", continued heading south for Hay Point, near Mackay, on Jan 13. That night, experts suggested the man - if he was in the water - had run out of time, and was certainly dead. After arriving at Hay Point in the evening, the "SBI Samba" was boarded by Queensland Police officers. Police were unable to elaborate on the nature of the substance he may have drunk but have said the death is not considered suspicious. Officers will now prepare a report for the coroner. The ship owners Scorpio Bulkers were in touch with the Australian Federal Police and AMSA following the incident. The company would leave the investigation in the hands of the AFP, given it's a missing person case. Queensland Police was leading the investigation.