Seychelles Patriot refloated nine days after running aground in Brazil
Seychelles Patriot, a Seychelles-owned fuel tanker, was re-floated this morning, nine days after it ran aground during a routine journey up the Amazon River in Brazil. The successful re-floating of the Seychelles Patriot was confirmed by the Seychelles Petroleum Company, Seypec, in a press statement issued this afternoon. “The re-floating exercise began on the arrival of appropriate powered tug boats and was completed three hours later when the vessel was maneuvered off the mud banks on which it had been grounded,” reads the statement.There had been at least two previous failed attempts to re-float the tanker during the week. “As per the norms in a situation such as this, the vessel is now on the way to Port Santarem anchorage for inspections by the Classification Society, and is then expected to continue to its planned destination, Manaus City, Brazil,” concludes the Seypec statement. According to the government-owned parastatal company, no spillages of product or any injury to crew members have been recorded The tanker which had been chartered by Brazilian Energy Company, Petrobas, is said to have been transporting gasoil According to Seypec the tanker had ran aground on October 8, while sailing on its approved navigational route in the presence of the Brazilian Pilots onboard. There were 18 crew members onboard the tanker at the time including 8 Seychellois nationals.
The operation at the "Sinushir" has transitioned from a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation to a commercial towing operation being conducted by Foss Maritime. The commercial towing operation was being monitored closely by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria and the Canadian Coast Guard. The 10 crew members remained on board. Around 5:30 p.m. on Oct 18, the tug "Barbara Foss" reached the vessel, successfully took it under tow and began heading in a northwesterly direction, keeping a safe distance from the west coastline of Haida Gwaii. The RCAF Cormorant helicopter, RCAF Buffalo aircraft and US Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter that were on standby at Sandspit airport have returned to their regular duties.
The convoy was north of Kiis Gwaii (Langara Island) on Oct 19, travelling east at seven knots, destined for Prince Rupert. The vessels had reached the northwest end of Haida Gwaii and have begun an eastern transit into the Dixon Entrance. They were approximately 86 NM back from Prince Rupert and were expected to be in the vicinity of Prince Rupert early the next morning. They were accompanied by the "Sir Wilfred Laurier", the "Gordon Reid" has been stood down. The "Gordon Reid" had also attempted to tow the freighter away from the Haida Gwaii coast; but all attached lines eventually snapped in the heavy seas.
A Canadian Armed Forces helicopter from the 442 Sqn. Comox earlier had airlifted the vessel's injured master.
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On Oct 15, 2014, at 09.15 Moscow time the "WElle"ran aground at km 10 on the Azov-Don Sea Canal, Taganrog Bay, in the Azov Sea, after a steering failure. Traffic in the area was closed. At 3.50 p.m. the same day the vessel was refloated with the help of a tug and taken to an anchorage to fix steering. The ship was en route from Rostov-on-Don to Icdas in the Marmara Sea, being loaded with 2900 tons of scrap.
On Oct 17, 2014, the "Rider" on its way from Malmö to Belfast suffered engine damage in the Kiel Canal near Fischerhütte and was emergency anchored Close to the Northern embankment at the Grünental Bridge. The "Borussia Dortmund", "Fenja" and "Reinbek" which were following could pass the vessel with very slow speed. The two tugs"Wolf" and "Wal" were dispatched from Brunsbüttel and towed the ship to the canal port where it berthed at the South Quay at 2.30 p.m. for repairs.
The "Merlin" was turned into a position with still a bit more than 90 degrees list on Oct 17. The salvage work had been resumed in the morning after an interruption of two days.
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