The "Letniy Bereg" was taken in tow by the icebreaker "Kapitan Chaadayev" in ice on Jan 21, 2013, in the Dvinskiy Bay, after the master reported water ingress in the engine room, odin.tc reports. The reason of the leakage was unreported, but maybe due to ice holing. The vessel with 2220 tons of timber on board was en route from Arkhangel to Gull. The master decided to return to Arkhangel for repairs where the ship arrived at the repair yard Krasnaya Kuznitsa and was docked in the evening of Jan 21.
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Media outlets talking of a dramatic "rescue" based on a Royal Navy news release regarding the operation of HMS "Protector" were a bit misleading as the icebreaker had simply invited the "Fram" to follow it in to a landing point the cruise ship had decided not to visit because the ice conditions that day were challenging. Thanks to HMS "Protector", the "Fram" passengers were able to make the landing at Brown Bluff. On the way out, the "Fram" again followed HMS "Protector", but the ice closed behind it and the expedition ship was surrounded by dense pack. The ice breaker circled back and re-broke the channel. This was done with great panache, and quite quickly, enabling both ships to continue on through towards open water. It was not a rescue, but rather routine assistance. On Jan. 14, the "Fram"’s captain and expedition leader had decided not to make the landing at Brown Bluff due to pack ice. HMS "Protector", which was in the vicinity, offered assistance as it was on its way to Brown Bluff to enable the site guidelines team on board to review the landing site. The joint landing at Brown Bluff went well. Many passengers thanked the HMS "Protector" crew for getting them there, and for the "Protector" it was helpful that the "Fram" had put in temporary buoyage to mark the channel into the landing site. On the way out, the ice pack had congested and the "Protector" took the lead again. In one section where the ice was particularly solid, and the "Fram" paused in a pool of open water while "Protector" broke through. The ice closed behind the "Protector" too quickly for the expedition ship to follow and it was surrounded by dense pack. The "Protector" came back and opened the channel again.
This was a good opportunity for the "Protector" to prove its capabilities in Antarctic waters. There were 202 passengers on board the "Fram".
In the morning of Jan 22, 2013, a fire started in the engine room onboard the "Aquila" which was berthed in the Berghaven in the port of Hoek van Holland. The local fire brigade together with the "RPA 15" and "RPA 16" assisted with the fire fighting operation.
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The "Aratere" on Jan 23 spent another day out of service as technicians grappled with the task of finding out why the ship’s engines didn't work. Three more crossings have been cancelled, bringing the total to seven and more could be on the way for Ferry which suffered engine failures while it attempted to move from the Wellington terminal to let the Arahura berth. It was moved to Aotea Wharf. As the source of the issue has not been found and Aratere will remain there indefinitely. Engineers and technicians have been working around the clock to get the issue sorted. They were fairy confident at this stage that it was an issue with the engine electronics. Hundreds of passengers and their vehicles, as well as freight services, have been transferred to later "Kaitaki" and "Arahura" crossings to clear the backlog.
The "Oosterdam" was delayed in Rangitoto channel near Auckland on Jan 21, 2013, after an 80-year-old passenger had a heart attack. The woman, an Australian tourist, was on a trip to Fiji when she suffered the heart attack shortly after the ship left port. Emergency services were notified about 6.30 p.m. and Auckland's Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrived soon afterwards. A paramedic was lowered onto the deck and the woman was winched onto the helicopter. She was taken to Auckland Hospital in a serious condition.
In the evening of Jan 18, 2013, the "Petersburg" which was coming from Mukran, allided with a ramp of the Ferry terminal in the port of Sassnitz. The stern ramp of the ferry was severely damaged, the damage was assessed to be around 110.000 Euro. A misdemeanor proceeding was launched agisnt the Russian master. Moreover, his shipping company had to pay a security deposit. The ship was still in port on Jan 21. It was examined whether an immediate repair at a shipyard was necessary.