Electrical fire knocked down by San Diego firefighters
San Diego firefighters knocked down an electrical fire that broke out Sunday aboard the Dorado Discovery, a 321-foot British-flagged research and survey ship docked at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal, fire officials said.
The fire began in a storage area of the ship and caused minor damage, but it could take weeks to repair, said Tanya Castaneda, a spokeswoman for the Port District and Harbor Police. The Coast Guard's investigation might delay the ship's scheduled Oct. 16th departure. Castaneda said the fire began at 2:26 p.m. and led to the evacuation of the ship, which is specially equipped to search for minerals. The fire was contained about 30 minutes later. Oxygen containers might have exploded. Hazardous materials teams were checking for any residual fires, authorities said.
The ship is operated by Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. of Tampa, Fla., whose survey work has included many high profile searches for treasure and artifacts. The company recovered thousands of artifacts and lots of gold and silver coins from the SS Republic, a Civil War-era steamship that sank off Georgia in 1865.
Search for three missing sailors of Maria stopped after 14 hours
At 1.30 a.m. in the night of Oct 7 the Texel based "Vertrouwen- TX 68" was in collision with the Dutch guard ship "Maria", which was deployed to guard an oil drilling platform about 40 kilometres southwest of the port of Den Helder. The "Maria" sank within 20 minutes in a water depth of 25-30 meters in the vicinity of the drilling platform "Helm -A", which is about 40 kilometers southwest of Den Helder. Two of the five crew members of the "Maria", which were Cape Verdes natives, were rescued by the "Vertrouwen", three more, two Philippinos and one Indonesian, remained missing and were possibly trapped inside the sinking guard ship. They were last seen in a door on the upper deck by the survivors. A search operation including KNRM boats of the stations Den Helder and Egmond aan Zee, Wijk aan Zee and De Cocksdorp, the ZrMs "Snelliu", two helicopters, AB-412 of the Air Base Leeuwarden and a Cougar-transport helicopter of the 300 Squadron, some commercial vessels and five fishing vessels was launched and coordinated by the Dutch Coastguard. The cause of the was is still unknown. The wind on scene was SW 2-3. Divers from the Navy were going to search the wreck. The ZrMs "Cerberus" left the port of Den Helder with half a dozen divers on board heading for the accident site. Around midday they carried out an initial inspection of the wheelhouse from outside without finding hints, but first had to assess the stability of the wreck before penetrating it. The Navy also sent down a ROV for surveys of the wreck. The search on sea was stopped at 3.30 p.m. after the search area had been thoroughly combed several times. The crew of the "Vertrouwen" was questioned by the Dutch Police.
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On Oct 3, 2013, the "Eurocargo Salerno" suffered engine problems off Selsey Bill being enroute from Antwerp to Lagos. She was assisted to the Nab Anchorage off the Isle of Wight by the Southampton based tug "Svitzer Bentley". From there she was towed to Southampton in the afternoon of Oct 4 by the Solent Towage tug "Apex", which is usually based at Fawley Oil Terminal with the Svitzer Bentley on the stern. The ship eached Portsmouth Anchorage at 1.10 p.m. and berthed at the Railway Terminal around 8 p.m. the ferry was due to stay in Southampton until Oct 7 for repairs.
The "Pacific Islander II" rescued three people on Sep 26, 2013, from a yacht in distress in the South Pacific. The "Pacific Islander II" was sailing from the Tongan port of Nuku’alofa to Noumea, New Caledonia. While en route the NYK containership received a request from New Zealand's Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre to assist the crew of a stranded yacht. The "Pacific Islander II" immediately maneuvered toward the yacht and rescued all three aboard at 7:13 p.m. LT. The rescued crew members were in good health and disembarked from the "Pacific Islander II" at the port of Noumea on Sep 28. The cargo ship left port again on Oct 1 bound for Kaoshiung with an ETA of Oct 12.
Troubled Dubai-based Gulf Navigation announced on Oct 5 13 that its second VLCC, the Gulf Eyadah, was arrested in the Bahamas, under orders from DNB and DVB, the two lenders to the ship’s owner, reported The National. Vessel was arrested on Oct 4, less than four weeks after the arrest of the company’s other oil tanker, the Gulf Sheba. Gulf Navigation is in discussions with more than one potential buyer from outside the GCC region for the sale of the two vessels. In the UAE, company needs to get approval from SCA to hold an EGM to approve any sale of assets. The company hopes to get the approval within the next few days.
But the arrest of the second vessel indicates that Gulf Navigation’s creditors have lost patience with the company’s attempts to negotiate a sale of the two tankers, prompting them to attempt to seize the vessels and force a sale via the courts.
Gulf Navigation said last month that it was looking to temporarily exit the oil tanker business in the face of tumbling earnings in the global VLCC market, to focus on its chemical transport business.
Research vessel Dorado Discovery docked in San Diego reported fire on board at about 1430 LT Oct 6 13. City firefighting teams were engaged in fighting fire, it was put under control by 1500 LT. Nobody was injured, fire started reportedly, in engine room. Vessel is operated by Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. of Tampa, Fla., a company known for its searches for shipwrecks and artifacts.
The "Favourite Diamond" allided with the jetty 3 at the Brunsbüttel locks of the Kiel Canal on Oct 6, 2013, at 1.45 p.m. The ship was secured in position by an emergency anchoring manoever and taken in tow by the tugs "Parat" and "Hans" about 2.35 p.m. and berthed in the Elbe Port for investigations. The ship was enroute Sczceczin - Cork.
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Oil was leaking from the stranded "Bright Royal" off Ly Son Island since Oct 4 and extended over a length of 60 miles. The ship was now in a dangerous situation and likely to sink according to the port authority. When the cargo ship crashed into coral reefs, two large holes were torn at the bottom of two holds. The ship was later found to be leaking fuel oil from cracks in its two oil tanks containing of 387 tonnes of fuel oil. The oil slick continued to spread out over the sea surface. The Quang Ngai Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control ordered the provincial People’s Committee to work with relevant agencies to promptly rescue the sailors and deal with the oil spill. The incident happened at 3:46 a.m. in the waters of Ly Son Island, six nautical miles northeast of the island. After receiving signal for help, the Border Guard Forces of Quang Ngai province sent 60 border guards to rescue the Panama cargo ship. All 24 crew members were in stable health but still stay in the vessel insisting that they were waiting for the guidance from their parent company. As sea water flooded into the area of the Propeller shaft and oil tanks, the crew was taken to Quang Ngai in the evening of Oct 5 by a rescue ship which was approached by salvors of Hi - Tram (Đà Nẵng). The ship ran aground when being on its way from Vung Ang port, central Ha Tinh province, to Bangladesh with a cargo of 27250 tons of clinkers.
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An aircrew from the U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego medically evacuated a passenger from the "Westerdam" who suffered a possible heart attack approximately 40 miles northwest of San Diego early on Oct 5, 2013. The crew of the "Westerdam" contacted the Joint Harbor Operation Center just before 11 p.m., Oct 4, requesting a medevac for the 75-year-old Canadian man. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Sector San Diego to conduct the medevac. The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and hoisted the patient and the ship's nurse into the aircraft. The crew transported the man to Sector San Diego, where he was transferred to emergency medical personnel for further care just after 1 a.m.
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