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 Northstar  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship > Vehicles Carrier)
519 days ago by Timsen

Crew restarted engine
On Nov 24 at 10 p.m. the crew of the "North Star" has restarted its engine 45 nautical miles offshore of Haida Gwaii after fixing an electrical issue. The ship had been drifting parallel to the shoreline for hours. The pair of tugs from Prince Rupert and a Canadian Coast Guard vessel which had been dispatched to assist thus were no longer required.The ship now was once again en route to Tacoma, Washington.

 Le Boreal  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
519 days ago by Timsen

Two more cruises cancelled after fire
The "Le Boréal" was taken to Punta Arenas after the fire and will be repaired in a yard there. Due to the damage caused two more Cruises already had to be cancelled, which would have started on Nov 30 and Dec 10.

 Lotty  (Pleasure Craft > Sailing Vessel)
519 days ago by Timsen

Salvaged Lotty on slip in Umeå
On Nov 11, 2015, the "Lotty" was pulled up the slipway at the Umeå Marine Research Center for inspections and repairs. The tug "Kronö" had assisted to refloat the ship one week after the accident off the shoal in Örefjärden. A vessel of KFM took over and towed the "Lotty" to port. Swedish report with photos: www.tugboatlars.s... (scroll down)

 Falcon Explorer  (Service Ship > Research Vessel)
519 days ago by Timsen

Fire on scrap ship
On Nov 25, 2015, at 1.10 p.m. a fire broke out aboard the "Falcon Explorer" in the port of Esbjerg at the Smedegaarden A/S in harbour basin 6 where the ship was getting recycled since Oct 29. The development of toxic smoke was so intense that the police urged people to stay indoors. At 2:25 p.m. an air raid warning sounded in Esbjerg because the smoke was drifting especially towards the city center and in a northerly direction. The police urged people to stay inside, close the doors and windows and stop the ventilation. At 3.30 p.m. the fire rescue had the fire under control so that the danger was over. The cause of the fire was a malfunctioning water heater. Danish reports with photos and video: Esbjerg--Video--Brand-i-skib-paa-stor-ophugsplads-naer-Semco

 MSC Kim  (Container Ship)
519 days ago by Timsen

Record drug found on MCS Kim
On Nov 17, 2015, the Belgium police found a record quantity of cocaine, nearly 500 kilograms, on board the "MSC Kim". The drugs were hidden in rolls of plastic films inside the container cargo. The vessel had some overstay in Antwerp, having arrived there on Nov 16 from Ecuador. No mentioning of crew involvement.

 Hilmi K  (General Cargo Ship)
519 days ago by Timsen

Grounding in the Izmir-Yenikale area
Coming from Iskenderun, the "Hilmi K" ran aground on Nov 24, 2015, at 0745 a.m in the Izmir-Yenikale area. About two hours later vessel managed to refloat by own means, and was anchored near the grounding site for inspection. At 6 p.m the ship entered the port of Izmir. She left the port of Izmir again on Nov 26 at 8 p.m., bound for Istanbul, ETA Nov 29. The ship had escaped from disaster already on June 20, 2014, when in adverse weather conditions the timber loaded ship encountered a list of 25 degrees to starboard and was taking in water at Kandıra'da. Following the ship's distress call the the Coast Guard dispatched the "Tahlisiye 1" and the lifeobat "Kiyem 1" from the Poyraz Station. Staff was transferred aboard and managed to drain the water so that the list could be corrected. Turkish report with photos:

 Gean  (General Cargo Ship)
519 days ago by Timsen

Delivered to RDM Shipbreakers... Kampen for Recycling and lifted onto the quay Nov 2015: www.binnenvaartlo...

 Stena Scandinavica  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
519 days ago by Timsen

Crankshaft damage forces ferry to repair yard
The "Stena Scandinavica" has to be withdrawn from the Kiel-Gothenburg run until start of December due to a damage at one of its two crankshafts which occurred on Nov 18, 2015, and needs repair in a yard in Turku. The ship will be unloaded on Nov 25 in Kiel and head to the Turku Repair Yard in Nådendal at 4.30 p.m. to be drydocked. The speed of the ferry had been reduced to less than 10 knots during the recent days, and the ship needed tug assistance to berth in port. Repairs are to be completed on Dec 3, during the yard stay also routine maintenance work is to be carried out. From Nov 27 the "Stena Gothica" will be inserted for freight traffic on the route until the return of the "Stena Scandinavia" on Dec 4. Photos of ferry leaving Kiel on Nov 25:

 Sardius  (General Cargo Ship)
519 days ago by Timsen

Allision in Ijmuiden
In the morning of Nov 25, 2015, the "Sardius" allided with the dike in IJmuiden due to gear trouble. Rijkswaterstaat was on scene at the canal dike which is an important artery for traffic through IJmuiden. The ship was enroute to Amsterdam. After having been refloated by the tug "Sirius" (IMO: 7700180), it proceeded to Amsterdam where it was to be further investigated after having berthed at 1 p.m. On Nov 26 the ship sailed to Ghent where she berthed in the Alphonse Siffer Dock on Nov 27 at 3.15 a.m. Dutch reports and photos: www.shipspotting.... www.shipspotting.... www.shipspotting.... www.shipspotting....

 Crystal Amaranto  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Chemical Oil Products Tanker)
519 days ago by Timsen

Medevac off Borkum
On Nov 24, 2015, a crew member of the "Crystal Amaranto" was injured in an accident 20 miles off Borkum. A Seaking helicopter took on board a boarding team of the fire brigade Cuxhaven which was taken to the tanker along with a medical. The patient was hoisted and taken to a hospital in Bremerhaven following a fuel stop on Heligoland.

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