The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man who jumped overboard from the "Stewart J. Cort" near Big Sable Point in Lake Michigan in the early morning of Aug 23, 2015. Just before 2 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan received a report, via Rescue 21 on VHF-FM Ch. 16, from the vessel that they had a man overboard approximately 3-4 miles offshore of Big Sable Point. Crew members witnessed the man climb over the rail and jump from the vessel. The crew members immediately deployed three life rings and notified the navigation bridge. The vessel turned and began a systematic search for the man. Due to conditions at the time and the impending weather forecast, the decision was made not to deploy the vessel’s small workboat. The vessels "Samuel D. Champlain", "Joyce L. Van Encevort" and "Vikingbank" were also in the area also began to assist with the search.
Rgw Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan launched a crew from Coast Guard Station Manistee, Michigan, aboard a 45-foot response boat and a crews from Air Facility Muskegon, Michigan, and Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, aboard Dolphin helicopters. The Coast Guard completed a total of 11 different searches covering 76 square nautical miles. Additionally, multiple commercial vessels in the area participated in the search efforts.
Forecasted weather for the search area includes a small-craft advisory in effect from 8 a.m., EDT this Sunday through Aug 24 evening with 20-25 knot winds veering west to 30 knots. Showers and thunderstorms are likely until midday and waves range from 3-5 feet.
The Coast Guard has reopened the Neches River with restrictions to all vessel traffic on Aug 22, 2015. The vessel traffic was restricted from meeting or overtaking one another 1,000 feet up bound and 1,000 feet down bound near the "Louise" at mile marker 284. Additionally, mariners are cautioned to create a minimum wake for the safety of salvage and recovery crews. A minimal sheen was reported on scene; however hard boom, lined with absorbent boom was containing it. Salvage divers report all possible pollution sources have been plugged to prevent additional leakage. The tug had the potential to release 6,000 gallons of fuel oil, 70 gallons of lubricant oil, and 30 gallons of hydraulic fluid.
A barge containing heavy equipment and a crane was in place to stabilize the sunken vessel. The Coast Guard was working with the vessel owners to devise an optimal plan for the its safe removal. The Coast Guard had established a safety zone on the Neches River after the "Louise" capsized near Port Arthur on Aug 21. The safety zone was in place between mile markers 276 to 289.
The Coast Guard received notice, at approximately 6:45 p.m. that the "Louise" had capsized in the Neches River near mile marker 284. The four crewmembers aboard the tug were rescued by a Good Samaritan tug boat operator, with no reported injuries.
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The "Elisabeth Chris - TX 19" suffered a broken Sumwing on Aug 20, 2015, and returned to its homeport Oudeschild early. The damaged Sumwing was deposited onto the quay.
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On Aug 23, 2015, at 3.30 p.m. the "Boekanier" ran aground at the conjunction of the IJssel and the Twente Canal near Eefde while trying to evase a pleasure boat. The canal had to be closed for ship traffic in both directions. The ship was loaded with 1400 tons steel wire. It could be refloated around 10.30 p.m. by the three tugs "Herman Gré", "En Avant III" and "Liberté", supported by its own engine.
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An employee on the "West Aquarius" working off the coast of Newfoundland suffered a serious injury after his fingers became trapped in a piece of moving equipment. Hibernia Management and Development Company reported to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board that the worker was conducting maintenance on the blowout preventer, which is used seal, control and monitor oil and gas wells, on Aug 15, 2015, when the incident occurred. The man's fingertips on his left hand were caught between moving equipment, and had to be airlifted to hospital in St. John's for treatment. Work on the blowout preventer was suspended after the employee was injured, pending an investigation by the operator, a C-NLOPB statement said Thursday. The Seadrill engineer was off for several days but has since returned to work. He was cleared to work again starting on Aug 21 udner restrictive duties.
Glencore Grain extends its Diana panamax timecharter at a discount
Glencore Grain (Rotterdam) has extended its timecharter a Diana Shipping panamax bulk carrier for an extra 10 to 13 months, at a rate 43% lower than the original fixture. The Crystalia (77,525 dwt, built 2014) was fixed at a gross rate of $9,000 daily, minus 5% commission.