The Madras high court on Apr 9 ordered the captain Yethi Ka to return on his ship. Captain Ka, a Burmese national, had joined the ship two months ago with his crew. There was no diesel to run the engine, and there was a blackout since Apr 3. The previous owner supplied provisions and stores, but they were running out of the stocks. For days, they managed with dry food. The ship was no longer stable as water has entered one of the cargo holds and the engine room. Since the vessel could capsize any moment, the captain ordered the 14 crew to abandon the ship. Late in the evening, three crew members returned to the ship on the court's orders. The captain, the chief engineer and a few crew members had reached the shore on a fishing boat and went to the court seeking help. Port officials said this was in violation of rules as coming to the shores without immigration clearance and abandoning a vessel mid-sea were violations. Port officials will be filing a case against the sailors. The captain said he had no option. His laptop from which he had been sending distress messages to the port and the vessel owners was failing. There had been no response from anyone.
The Transportation Safety Board has released a report into a collision involving the "Maersk Detector", and the GSF "Grand Banks" off Newfoundland. The vessel struck a support column on board the drilling rig in high seas on Nov 24, 2011. There were no injuries, but repairs to both the rig and the vessel were required. The TSB's findings showed that the bridge officers did not work as a team, and did not make full use of the data available in order to maintain the vessel's distance from the rig. A risk assessment was not performed by the crew, and cargo continued to be loaded, without risk-control measures being put in place. The TSB said because there was no procedure for providing relevant weather information, the vessel and crane operator did not know that the significant wave height limit had been reached and that operations should have been terminated. According to the TSB report Maersk Supply Service Canada has implemented a number of measures including relevant training, stop work triggers, and an updating of voyage data recorder software.
Husky has also implemented a number of changes including direct access to the weather service provider's website to ensure continuous up-to-date weather forecasting, and annual third-party competency assessments and training requirements. The C-NLOPB is requesting that the Marine Operations Manual, Safety Case, and Emergency Response Plan for the Grand Banks be updated. Transocean is responding to the request, while the offshore regulator has conducted audits on board both the rig and the vessel.
The "Lord of the Isles" was withdrawn from service on Apr 9, 2013, due to a suspected viral infection among the ferry's crew, which disrupted sailings between Oban and the Western Isles. Caledonian MacBrayne withdrew the "Lord of the Isles" from service as a precaution. The service between Oban, Castlebay on Barra and Lochboisdale on South Uist has been cancelled. Sailings for the rest of the week would also be disrupted. Six members of staff were affected. No passengers fell ill.
The Coast Guard medevaced an ailing Canadian crew member of the "Algoma Navigator" on Apr 8, 2013, in the morning in the vicinity of Sault Ste. Marie. At around 11:45 p.m. an SAR coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, received a request for a medical evacuation. He conferred with the 9th Coast Guard District's duty flight surgeon, who concurred with the need for a medevac. Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie, Air Station Traverse City, MI, and the Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay were notified of the request for assistance. The CG cutter "Katmai Bay", a 140-foot icebreaking tug homeported in Sault Ste. Marie, was the only asset capable of responding due to weather and river conditions along the southern St. Marys River. At around 2:30 a.m. on Apr 9, the "Katmai Bay" embarked the ailing man aboard the cutter, who was lowered in a rescue litter from the service hoist onboard the "Algoma Navigator". The "Katmai Bay" then transported him to the De Tour Coal docks where emergency medical services were awaiting. At 3:30 a.m., he was transferred to the awaiting EMS personnel, who brought him to War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. The man was listed in stable condition. The Coast Guard notified U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers of the situation to ensure interagency coordination.
Unstable woman tried to set adrift survey ship in San Diego
A mentally unstable woman who had been missing was found in San Diego early on Apr 9, 2013, attempting to set adrift the "New Horizon" which was moored at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Officers were called to the 200 block of Rosecrans Street about 2 a.m. to take custody of the woman, who had been detained by private security after she attempted to set adrift the vessel after she was able to get into the area by going over a fence. Security guards spotted the woman while she was untying the lines, almost freeing the ship. The woman appeared to be suffering from mental distress and told officers that she was trying to sail to the east coast. The woman was taken to County of San Diego Mental Health and no charges are expected to be filed against her.
The Coast guard started an investigation after the "Adfines East" broke free from its mooring at Terminal 4 on the Willamette River on Apr 9. The ship had drifted about 1,5 miles downstream to where the river meets the Columbia River where the ship's crew was able to anchor the ship. But as they attempted to return to the terminal, the ship ran aground in a water depth of 27-30 feet. The ship's master was not aboard when the ship broke free, and there was no river pilot aboard either. Instead the ship's second command attempted to bring the ship back to terminal 4 when it ran aground.With the help of tugs the ship was freed and moored at the upper anchorage just north of the confluence of the two rivers. An Oregon Department of Environmental Quality spill response team showed up, but there were no reports of any oil spills in the area related to the grounding. Meanwhile the captain of the ship has pleaded guilty to operating a commercial vessel under the influence of alcohol. Valeriy Sharykin entered the plea on Apr 9 in U.S. District Court in Portland. The 62-year-old Russian citizen was sentenced to two years of probation, a time in which he is barred from sailing U.S. waters. Sharykin also agreed to pay a $1,000 fine to the court and another $1,000 to an alcohol treatment facility. Coast Guard inspectors detected alcohol on the captain's breath during an examination of the freighter. His blood-alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit.
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Captain abandoned ship, engine room filled with water
The captain of a the "OSM Arena", which is still anchored off Chennai informed the Madras High Court that he abandoned the ship on Apr 9, 2013, fearing it might capsize anytime as water had entered the engine room and could no longer be pumped out. He reached the shores with the help of a passing fishing boat. Facing cases filed in the Madras and Calcutta high courts by different parties to recover their dues, the ship has been anchored off Chennai port since February 2010 and arrested in September 2012. The vessel, abandoned by its owner a long time ago leaving the crew in lurch, had drifted during the December 2011 Thane cyclone and later retrieved by the Chennai Port Trust, which has recently put up the ship for auction to recover its dues on account of the salvage operations and berthing charges.
Coast Guard Conducts Medical Evacuation From American Samoa
The Coast Guard successfully conducted a medical evacuation of two elderly cruise ship passengers from American Samoa to Honolulu, on Tuesday April 9, 2013.
The Coast Guard was notified that two passengers aboard the cruise ship Star Princess had suffered two unrelated injuries, Monday. The Coast Guard flight surgeon determined that medical evacuation would be the best option due to the medical needs of the patients. One passenger was a 91-year-old man; the second was an 82-year-old woman.
Ambassadeur reached port of destination after collision
The "Ambassadeur" which had been in collision with the French 16-m-trawler "Loïc Lucas - CN 387642" (MMSI-No.: 228118000; CS FQMC; built 1991) about 70 km north of Cape Antifer on Apr 8, entered the port of Moerdijk on Apr 9 and berthed in the East dock around noon. The crew of the sunken trawler had been safely landed ashore in Dieppe on Apr 8 at 7.30 a.m. and were interrogated by the French Coastguard about the accident at the edge of the traffic separation zone off Pas- de-Calais which happened in calm seas while they were fishing with all lights on. The "Ambassadeur" had hit their ship on port side aft, and it foundered within half an hour. The "Rève de Mousse“ had recovered them around 2 a.m. from a raft.
Passengers on ill-fated Costa Victoria cruise win reparations
ONLINE travel agency Ctrip said yesterday it would pay compensation of 493 yuan (US$80) to each of the 2,000-plus tourists who took a problem-plagued Costa cruise tour to South Korea. About 100 tourists refused to leave the Costa Victoria yesterday morning (April 9, 2013) when it returned to Shanghai, complaining that the trip had been delayed, a stop at Jeju Island cancelled without notification and the ship had taken to rough seas that had caused many to be seasick. The trip cost 3,000 to 4,000 yuan. The five-day cruise trip to Incheon, Seoul and Jeju was delayed by seven hours due to fog and departed from Baoyang port in Baoshan District at midnight on Friday. The tourists who wouldn't leave the ship when it returned to the port about 8am yesterday finally got off at 6pm after the promise of compensation and an apology.