In the morning of Mar 7, 2015, at 6.15 a.m. the "De Zonnebloem" allided with a temporary bridge over the Pannerdensch Canal at Pannerden. The bridge plunged into the water. The river cruise ship was on the way home to Arnhem after the first cruise of the season. On board were 69 guests, 63 volunteers and 12 crew members. The bridge, a kind of scaffolding on iron poles, lay in the Pannerdensch Channel off the Pannerdense Waard, just past Pannerden. The ship slammed into the bridge with the starboard side stern. It tore a hole into the hull and broke three windows. The bridge was pushed off the metal posts and disappeared in the water. The skipper alerted the police. The company Desanding Martens & Van Oord estimated the damage to the bridge to be 20,000 to 30,000 Euros. The bridge was to be hoisted from the water in the afternoon of Mar 8. The hole in the hull of the "De Zonnebloem" was temporarily patched and the windows temporarily covered with plastic. Permanent repairs were to be carried out after the next cruise, which was due to start on Mar 9.
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The barge "Aldamiz" lost by the "Vector", 12 nautical miles north of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, coming from Bayonne, on Feb 27, ran aground on Mar 4 at 5:00 a.m. northwest of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The "Vector" was in the area but an intervention was impossible because of the shallow water. After the trawler "Cintharth" was refloated on Mar 6, the salvor team proceeded to the grounding site of the "Aldamiz" in the afternoon of Mar 6 and checked it regarding polluting materials such as diesel and motor oil. The team confirmed that refloating the barge technically impossible. The general condition of the barge, badly damaged, did not allow it.
The owner was ordered to stop the threat to the environment and to navigation and to remove the pollutants. A removal plan for the barge plan should be submitted early next week.
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed in Cold Bay, Alaska, medevaced an injured mariner off the "Unimak" 55 miles north of Cold Bay on Mar 6, 2015.
Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a call from Health Force Partners that the mariner aboard the "Unimak" was suffering from an injury incurred while loading items aboard the vessel two days ago. The duty flight surgeon recommended the medevac due to the possibility of his condition worsening. The Jayhawk crew safely hoisted the 45-year-old man and transferred him to awaiting medical services at Cold Bay Clinic for transport to a higher level of health care in Anchorage.
Weather on scene was reported as raining, 37 degrees, 8-foot waves, and 2 mile visibility.
Coast Guard personnel detained the "MOL Precision" in Seattle on Mar 5, 2015. Port State Control officers, from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, discovered several significant violations during a port state control exam of the ship, which had to remain in Sector Puget Sound's Captain of the Port zone until the violations were corrected. The violations included defective oil bilge line filtering equipment, missing security training records, and not sending required ballast tank information to the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse prior to entering a U.S. port. The oil bilge line filtering equipment was required to be maintained so that the ship could not discharge bilge oil overboard, had a non-functional alarm and intermittently operating meter. Records of the security drills could not be provided for an eight month period in 2014. The required information for any vessel equipped with ballast water tanks and bound for ports or places in the U.S. was not sent to the NBIC. The Sector Puget Sound Port State Control Branch was continuing to monitor the "MOL Precision" and was working with the crew and Panamanian representatives to correct these deficiencies. The ship was conducting cargo operations in Seattle at the time of the exam. Their last port of call was Busan.
The "Eastern Amber" collided with a sand carrier off Gunsan in the Yellow Sea late at night on Mar 4, 2015. The ship was seriously damaged with foreship flooding. The crew of 18 crew was evacuated. The abandoned vessel on Mar 5 was drifting 50 nm SW of Gunsan down with the bow.
Three cement carriers which were laid up off Split broke their mooring lines and were beached by a storm on Mar 5, 2015. All three vessel were unmanned. The "Krka" and "Orebic" were anchored in the North Port, and then drifted towards the northern side of Marjan. The third, the "Vranjic", drifted to Slatina. Salvage work was hampered by a stormy weather. The tug "Brodospas" tried to refloat the "Vranjic" while she was drifting off Slatina on Ciovo, but eventually withdrew from the action. By 3 p.m. all ships were aground.
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