The Coast Guard responded to a report of the grounding of the "Martha T" which was taking on water outside Horn Island Pass near the western side of Petit Bois Island on Mar 22, 2013. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Ala., received a report that the "Martha T "grounded at approximately 4 a.m. with five people aboard while making its way inside the channel of Horn Island Pass. The tug was pushing two empty red-flag barges. The barges were not grounded with the vessel. Though grounded, the vessel was not in danger of sinking. There were no reports of pollution, and the five people reported no injuries or medical concerns. A Coast Guard Station Pascagoula boatcrew responded with a dewatering pump to assist with any potential flooding, if necessary. A pollution response and investigation team from Sector Mobile attended the vessel to conduct damage assessments, and an overflight was conducted to look at the sheen. The Coast Guard was working closely with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Gulf Island National Seashore, Jackson County Emergency Management and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to respond and mitigate any potential harm to the environment.
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In the morning of Mar 22, 2013, U.S. Coast Guard aircrews from San Diego and Sacramento worked together to airlift a passenger in need of medical attention from the "Zaandam" approximately 200 miles southwest of San Diego. The ship contacted the Coast Guard on Mar 21 in the afternoon, requesting a medical evacuation for a 71-year-old woman who was experiencing a serious internal medical condition. The cruise ship, which was travelling from Hawaii to Ensenada, Mexico, changed course to reduce the distance to San Diego. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and Coast Guard flight surgeon took off from Sector San Diego at 5 a.m. to meet the ship 200 miles off shore. A C-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Sacramento also launched to provide communication and coordination support during the medevac. The helicopter crew hoisted the woman into the aircraft and transported her to Sector San Diego where she was transferred to emergency medical personnel for further care at 9:15 a.m.
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Mexican Navy Training Ship to Make 7 Month Voyage to 14 Countries
The Mexican navy’s training ship, Cuauhtemoc, has received authorization from the Senate to sail on a seven-month training cruise that will take it to 14 countries in the Americas and Europe, officials said. The training cruise will start on April 12 and end on Nov. 15. The Cuauhtemoc will sail from the Pacific resort city of Acapulco to the Gulf port of Veracruz, where the international leg of the journey will start. The vessel will visit Balboa, Panama; Havana, Cuba; Norfolk, Virginia; Bordeaux, France; Rouen, France; Den Helder, Netherlands; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Lisbon, Portugal; Cadiz, Spain; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain; and Cartagena, Colombia, among other ports.
Royal Caribbean to send fewer ships to Europe in 2014
Royal Caribbean International will continue to scale back its ships in Europe in 2014, deploying only eight of its 22 vessels across the pond. The cruise line operated 12 ships in the region in 2012, a number that will fall to nine this summer. Next year's one ship reduction will be the Vision of the Seas, which sails in Northern Europe this year but will not return in 2014. The vessel's future deployment has not yet been announced. Royal's 2014 Europe deployment will include the Liberty of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas in the Mediterranean, and the Independence of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas and Legend of the Seas in Northern Europe. www.usatoday.com/...
Baie St. Paul opens 55th navigation season on St. Lawrence Seaway
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced on March 22, 2013 the opening of the Seaway's 55th navigation season with the transit of Canada Steamship Lines' newly built Baie St. Paul through the St. Lambert Lock. Marking the first of a series of new vessels being constructed specifically for use in the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Baie St. Paul ushers in a new era in domestic shipping. More and photo on www.newswire.ca/e...
In its 60th anniversary year, the S.S. Badger car ferry will set sail again, according to a news release from Lake Michigan Carferry.
The owner of the Badger has signed a consent decree agreement with the Department of Justice and EPA that will require the SS Badger to end the ash discharge within two years. www.htrnews.com/a...
On Mar 21, 2013, the Milford Haven Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) was contacted by the French authorities just before midday to say a fisherman aboard the "Alf" needed to be evacuated. Watch keeping staff at Milford Haven MRCC tried to make contact with the vessel, but this was made difficult as the captain of the vessel spoke little English, so translation had to be arranged by satellite phone. With help from English and French coastguards, the RAF Chivenor relayed information on how best to get the injured crewtheman off the boat. The RAF search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor was sent to the scene but weather conditions proved too tricky for a winchman to be lowered on to the vessel to recover the casualty 30 nautical miles west of St. Ann's Head. He had suffered blows to his head as his trawler rose and fell up to 40 feet in surging waves. HMS "Echo" of the Royal Navy vessel, and the RNLI lifeboat Angle attended the rescue. HMS "Echo" was fortunate to have a gunnery officer aboard who studied French at University College London before joining the Royal Navy. Once the "Echo" was called in, the ship attempted to provide some shelter for the RNLI lifeboat to get alongside the French fishing vessel but once again the weather prevented a rescue. This left them with no choice but to escort the fishing vessel closer inland before the helicopter was able to winch the injured fisherman to safety. A rescue swimmer needed six attempts to be winched on to the French boat as the swell threatened to roll the vessel. Several attempts were made to transfer the casualty to the RNLI lifeboat - and the helicopter was forced to return to land to refuel - before a Sergeant Rachel Robinson successfully boarded the French trawler. The fisherman was lifted to safety and treated for head injuries and hypothermia as the RAF helicopter took him to Swansea's Morriston Hospital in Swansea. The wind at the time was blowing a south easterly gale force 8 (39-46 mph), with rough seas.
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General cargo vessel Vinacomin 03 sank at around 19:00 UTC Mar 19 13 in position 18 29 N 106 14 E in Gulf of Tonkin, some 7 miles off Vietnam coast, while en route from Quang Ninh to Hon La, Vietnam. One crew missing. No details of the accident available. Photo of the sistership Vinacomin 01. See map and photo at www.news.odin.tc/...
Moran Security Group slated Nigeria in Myre Seadiver case
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Moscow/London: March 20, 2013
Why doesn`t Nigeria implement IMO resolutions?
Spurious allegations and illicit detainment galvanize international support for the MV Myre Seadiver
In September 2012 Moscow-based crewmembers of the MV Myre Seadiver were conducting professional and legitimate counter-piracy operations along Africa’s western coast when, in October, their anchorage in Nigeria’s Port of Lagos took a fateful turn.
Ignoring the fact that all permits, licenses and clearances were in place, the Nigerian Navy captured the Master and crew of fifteen Russian sailors on the eve of their departure from the Port of Lagos. Held for months in a bleak Lagos prison without charge or trial, until recently when they were falsely accused of “illegal entry into the country” and “arms smuggling”, the sailors are now threatened with life imprisonment by Nigerian prosecutors.
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The "Super Shuttle Ferry 8" tilted on its side while loading cargo at Pier 8 in Mandaue City around 11 p.m. on Mar 21, 2013. The vessel lost its balance when its hull touched the bottom of the sea during low tide. The ship was scheduled to depart for Davao City once the cargo loading was completed. All 45 ship officials and crew members were able to safely evacuate the vessel, which carried container vans and vehicles. The crew would have to wait for high tide for the ship to regain its upright Position and was trying to lighten the vessel by unloading cargo. The shipping firm sent another ship with a crane for the unloading of shipment. The "Super Shuttle Ferry 8" was the only vessel docked in the private port when the incident happened. Although it tilted on one side, water could not enter the vessel.