ARION returns to Lisbon after six months under arrest in Montenegro
Lisbon 2013-03-15: The Portuguese passenger ship ARION returned to her home port of Lisbon today after six months under arrest in Montenegro following the colapse of Classic International Cruises. This February four ships from the CIC fleet were sold to a new Lisbon based concern and ARION was the first to be released and left the Montenegro port of Bar for Lisbon to undergo repairs in order to return to cruise service.ARION arrived at about 11 AM and was welcomed by two Svitzer tugs. The ARION is the smaller ship in the former CIC fleet. She was built in 1965 as ISTRA and purchased in 1999 and rebuilt in Lisbon when she was renamed ARION. Pictures at lmcshipsandthesea...
Trawler Kishinevka was disabled during the night of Mar 15 13 after propeller entangled in net, vessel was some 15 miles south of Ust-Bolsheretsk town (100 miles NW of First Kuril Strait), Kamchatka, Okhotsk sea. In the morning Mar 15 vessel dropped an anchor in rough weather with wind up to 15 met/sec, sea up to 6 meters. Salvage Spravedliviy was at the time some 40 miles off distressed trawler, steaming to assist. Maritime Bulletin www.news.odin.tc
On Mar 15, 20143, at 4:40 p.m. the "Rochefort", contacted the semaphore Cape de la Chèvre to report that a crew member was seriously ill with sharp chest pain. The semaphore immediately contacted the CROSS Corsen organizing a conference call between the Cross, the vessel and the SAMU 29. A medical helicopter evacuation was decided. The ship with eight crew members on board was at anchor in the Bay of Douarnenez. A Cayman helicopter of the Navy, based in Lanvéoc, took off at 4:50 p.m. with a medical team on board. The helicopter arrived at 5:20 p.m. and hoisted the sailor who was taken to the hospital Cavale Blanche in Brest, where he arried at 6.20 p.m.
The City of Cape Town stated that progress has been made on the "Seli 1" wreck reduction efforts. On Mar 15 the focus was on weakening the bow that kept the wreck intact.
Significant progress has been made to weaken the vessel and the focus of the Operational Diving Team (ODT) was on the containment area where the oil tanks are located. Part of their plan was to mitigate further altering of the coastline by means of erosion and eliminating further oil spills. The established Joint Task Team has put in place contingency measures to deal with potential oil spills and contamination of marine life. The general public has been reminded that the entire beach and dune area opposite the wreck remained closed to the public and demarcated parking areas are off-limits as well as recreational activities.
The airspace surrounding the wreck was also prohibited and no aircraft is allowed to operate within this space.
Response operations continue for the "Shannon E. Setton" and its barge near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans on Mar 15. Chevron has begun flaring the pipeline. As the amount of liquid petroleum gas remaining in the pipeline dwindles, it was predicted that the size, color and smoke amount may fluctuate. This controlled burn was to clear the line of the residual liquid petroleum gas. Constant air monitoring is being conducted for the site.
Personnel from T&T Salvage were able to separate the tank barge from the tug wreckage in an operation late on Mar 14 afternoon. The spud barge "Todd Michael" remained on scene for cooling operations. Responders continued to monitor and ensure the integrity of the barge was maintained to allow for safe salvage operations as soon as the fire is extinguished. The Coast Guard has placed temporary flight restrictions over the airspace near the "Shannon E. Settoon"-oilbarge at and below 5,000 feet within approximately a one-mile radius. Responders have deployed 10,400 feet of boom around the tank barge to contain any possible pollution risks. The unified command consists of the U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, Settoon Towing and Chevron. Contracting organizations include ES&H, CTEC Air Monitoring, T&T Salvage and Resolve Marine.
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Following an internal explosion whilst in dry dock in January 2013 the "Mara 2" was still docked in Mar del Plata by Mar 15. Decks and bulkheads were buckeled by the explosion. The trawling winch was broken from its foundation and cut in two. The hatch cover flew 150 meters away.
On Mar 15 at 5 p.m. the "MSC Flaminia" finally left the Jade Weser Port in Wilhelmshaven, assisted by tugs, and being bound for the Daewoo Yard in Mangalia for repairs and replacement of midbody. The voyage was expected to take ten days.
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On Mar 15, 2013, at 5 a.m. the "Celandro" got in trouble during unloading operations of 500 tons cement at the quay of the concrete Company Coeck on the Rupel in Niel. The ship developed a list and took in water. The fire brigades from Niel and Boom were soon on scene, but on their arrival the barge had already capsized and was lying on ist starboard side at 5.30 a.m. The captain and his wife had saved themselves before. Small amounts of fuel leaked out but were removed by the fire brigades with absorbants. Around midday the tanks were drained. A dredsger removed cargo pallets which had floated out of the cargo hold onto the shore. Ship traffic was not affected, but the salvage may take some days.
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