A fire broke out in a generator room of the "Cap Blanche", docked at Fraser Surrey Docks, Vancouver, in the morning of July 12, 2015, shortly after the vessel had completed cargo operations. It was extinguished in a short time. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada sent a team to the docks, and the container ship had to remain docked while TSB officials investigated. The cause of the blaze was a small fuel spill in the generator room. The fire caused minimal damage.
The "Kamala" was still on fire on July 12 and sailing towards Busan. A patrol boat of the Korean Coastguard was engaged in fighting the fire with water cannons. Salvage teams could not yet board the ship because of adverse weather. The "Kamala" was close to Jeju (Chedju do) island. The fire raging in 30 deck containers in the fore part was said to be restricted with no or minimal risk of spreading further. The crew on board was evacuated in good health and transported to the shore.
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CMA CGM Group Christens Largest Ship to Date – 18,000 TEU CMA CGM Georg Forster
CMA CGM Group has announced the christening of its newest and largest ship to date, the 18,000 TEU CMA CGM Georg Forster.
The ship was christened during a ceremony in Hamburg Germany on Tuesday attended by Jacques R. Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Group, Mrs Christine Kuehne, the vessel’s godmother, and other institutional and political representatives, partners and clients. The 398 meter CMA CGM Georg Forster was delivered June 2nd and is the second of a 6 vessels of the same size series that will enter the fleet in 2015. Source: CMA CGM Press release
Bulk Carrier to The Rescue – Five Rescued from Skiff After Five Days Lost at Sea
Five men are lucky to be alive after spending five days adrift in the Pacific Ocean aboard their 14-foot aluminum skiff with little supplies.
The men were rescued Sunday by the crew of the Panama-flagged bulk carrier MV Shourong Harmony after a U.S. Coast Guard air crew spotted the boat 184 miles east northeast of Teraina Island, Kiribati, located in the Central Pacific more than 1,300 miles from Hawaii.
The men were first reported missing to the Coast Guard last Wednesday afternoon after they didn’t returned from a fishing trip off Kiribati in a skiff with no engines, little provisions and no lifesaving equipment.
The Coast Guard search and rescue turned up empty until Friday when a Coast Guard air crew from Barbers Point spotted the men and dropped food, water, two VHF radios, a Personal Location Beacon (PLB), a signal mirror and flares to the skiff. Source: gcaptain.com/bulk...
Migrants refused to leave cruise ship in Katakolon
After the "Island Princess" rescued 117 distressed migrants from a boat 40 nm west of Zakynthos on July 11, 2015, and the vessel arrived at Katakolon anchorage to disembark migrants, they refused to leave the ship. Only on July 12, they finally wer e convinced to leave the cruise ship for good and were transferred to port by the liner’s rescue boats, where they were met by the police, ambulances and good Samaritans from voluntary organizations.
Stuck in Guinea for 7 months - 22 crew barely surviving
Twenty-two crew of a Bangladeshi cargo vessel remain stranded in the African country of Guinea for more than seven months, as the authorities there seized the ship upon filing of compensation lawsuits by importers.
The stranded crew say they are passing days in hardship due to inadequate supply of food, drinking water, medicine and electricity.
Their plight is likely to prolong, as the ship owner appears unwilling to bring them back anytime soon.
Under the Maritime Labour Convention, it is the ship owner's responsibility to have the crew repatriated to their home country if his ship is seized or stranded abroad.
The stranded crew alleged that though they repeatedly appealed to both the ship owner and the Bangladesh government to take steps for their repatriation, neither made any effort to that end.
Commercial vessel MV Dahiatul Kalbi, owned by Bangladeshi private company Continental Traders, was loaded with rice from Kakinada port and steel coils from Paradip port in India between mid-June and mid-July last year. www.thedailystar....
More than 100 Migrants safe after being rescued off Zakynthos by cruise ship
More than 100 migrants stranded on a vessel off the coast of Zakynthos overnight on Saturday, were safely transferred on a cruise ship to the port of Katakolo on Sunday.
The migrants issued a distress call while 55 nautical miles southwest of Zakynthos after the yacht they were traveling in lost power. The migrants were transferred to the Island Princess cruise ship and then to dry land, where authorities provided the migrants with food, water and medical help.
The migrants, who number 117 in total, will be housed in an indoor sports arena in Pyrgos for the time being. Authorities did not provide details about the migrants’ nationalities. www.ekathimerini....
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The "Xin Mao" ran aground in the Taizhou anchorage area, China, on July 11, 2015, after a mechanical failure in already stormy weather and the approaching typhoon Chan Hung (Chan Hom). The vessel dragged anchor and was unable to heave anchor and change position. It issued a distress signal asking for evacuation. The 14 crew members were evacuated by Taizhou Maritime Rescue Center rescuers.