The "Hrossey" with 500 passengers on board was forced to swerve to avoid alliding with another ship as it approached Kirkwall harbour in thick fog in the evening of July 3, 2015, halfway through its journey from Lerwick to Aberdeen. The ferry lurched sideways, causing glasses and bottles to smash in the bar area and people outside on deck to be pushed against the wall. The incident happened when the ferry approached Hatston Pier and manoeuvred to ensure safe passing distance from an anchored vessel, causing the vessel to list more than normal. All the correct procedures for operating in restricted visibility were followed and the vessel was travelling at a safe speed. There has been no confirmation that the ship being avoided was the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s emergency towing vessel "Herakles". Tthe sea conditions were flat calm.
The "Matsonia" which stalled in the Pacific 550 miles north of Hawaii was repaired in the evening of July 8 and was scheduled to arrive in Honolulu in the late afternoon of July 10. Engineers were able to fix the problem in the engine room that cut off power. The ship that was traveling from Oakland and had a crew of 21 on board. It was now moving at a slower speed than usual. The Matson Inc. would honor claims for perishables lost as a result of the incident.
MAIB issued safety bulletin following snapback accident
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a safety bulletin following a mooring line failure on the "Zarga", which injured a deck officer in March 2015. He was struck in the head by a mooring line that parted during a docking at the South Hook LNG terminal, Milford Haven, and had to be airlifted to a hospital for emergency surgery. Snapback danger was identified in the ships risk assessments procedures, but critical zones were not been marked on the tanker’s deck. The MAIB did a series of tests and trails to measure elongation and snapback characteristics:
• When connecting synthetic tails to UHMPE, HMPE and wire mooring lines, the energy introduced due to the elasticity of the tails can significantly increase the snap-back hazard.
• Elongation is proportional to the length of tail. Increasing the length of the tail will increase the amount of elongation and hence the amount of energy that can be stored in the line when under load.
• Ship owners/operators should ensure that the type of lines and tails used for mooring lines are suitable for the task and that the dangers of snap-back are fully considered.
Four dock workers were injured on July 8, 2015, when a crane of the "Asia Zircon II" collapsed while unloading a 60 tonne wind tower section at the Port of Galveston, Texas. The injures were not believed to be life threatening. The bulk carrier is currently occupied with the transportation of Chinese wind towers.
Shell was making plans to repair the "Fennica", even as clues emerged on July 9 about what might have torn a meter-long gash in the hull. A certified Alaska marine harbor pilot was on board the vessel when a ballast leak provided the first sign of the problem off Dutch Harbor on July 3. After the icebreaker returned to the port, the 39-inch by 2-inch hole was discovered. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration survey of the ocean bottom on Wednesday discovered a previously uncharted shoal along the vessel's path that may have shaved 11 to 24 feet off an expected 45-foot clearance. A broadcast went out to mariners alerting them of the shoal. The "Fennica" has a draft of 28 feet. Arctia Offshore, the owner of the "Fennica", has asked the U.S. Coast Guard to approve plans for sealing the hole. As of late July 9, a final ruling had not been made. If welding can close the hole on-site, Shell may see little delay to its plans for drilling in the Chukchi Sea later this month. But the operations could be significantly delayed - or even derailed - if more substantial repairs were required in dry dock. Any repairs, whether they are conducted on site or more than 1,000 miles away, could be subject to additional Coast Guard review and inspections.
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Boxship lost propulsion off Duck Key and drifted close to reef
The "Deneb J" lost power and came within about 150 feet of a reef off Duck Key in the afternoon of July 7, 2015, before dropping anchor and then being towed to a Miami port. The boxship was under way in the Florida Straits when it lost propulsion about 4:30 p.m. resulting in it drifting as close as 150 feet of the reef in the Middle Keys. A tug pulling a large barge in the area close to Key West was diverted to the scene. The tug first dropped off the barge inside the Outer Mole Pier in the Truman Harbor, the body of water between the East Quay Wall and the Mole Pier, then safely towed the container ship to Miami. The barge remained in the Truman Harbor as of July 9, but was expected to leave in the coming days. The "Deneb J" submitted a proper tow plan with the Coast Guard and was not fined. Naval Air Station Key West officials were alerted of the situation and approved the use of the Truman Harbor.
The ferry service between Solholmen and Mordal was cancelled on July 9, 2015, due to technical problems with the main engine of the "Tingvoll" which was docked in Kristiansund. It was uncertain how serious the problem was and how long the ferry was being taken out of service.
The "Ørsta" ran aground on July 9, 2015, around 1 p.m. off the pier at the ferry docks in Molde. The ship was berthed in Molde for a hull survey by divers. At 3 p.m. ferry operator Fjord1 announced that it inserted high-speed passenger boat with space for 12 people to and from the Sekke which could not carry cars. The first departure from Molde was at 4 p.m.
(Offshore Vessel > Offshore Tug Supply Ship)
The "Siem Pilot" picked up 286 boat people from a distressed fishing boat that drifted southeast of Sicily in the night of July 9, 2015, on request of the MRCC in Rome. It took the offshore ship four hours to reach the site. It was first reported that there were about 100 people on board, but the number turned out to be far higher. Everything went well during the rescue operation in spite of the wave heights. The boat was in bad condition, took in water and sank before the "Siem Pilot" left the area.
(Oil And Chemical Tanker > Oil Products Tanker)
The "Tamina" was sold to Chilean interests and was due to sail from Uddevalla to Punta Arenas the coming week. The trip to Chile is approximately 7,900 nautical miles. She will be used to deliver diesel fuel to salmon farms. The purchase has gone through three different brokers in Denmark, Spain and Chile.