Crew of Doomed South Korean Ferry Drank Beer While Awaiting Rescue
SEOUL, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Some crew of a ferry that capsized in April in South Korea’s worst maritime disaster in 44 years drank beer while waiting for rescue, one of them told a court, in an admission likely to fuel anger at their conduct during the final moments of the mishap.
An engineer said he and a colleague drank beer in a hallway as they waited to be rescued by the coastguard after their ship started to list, South Korean media reported on Wednesday.
“We took a sip to calm down,” the engineer, who faces charges of negligence, was quoted by major newspaper Chosun Ilbo as telling the court in Gwangju, the southern city near the disaster site.
The testimony drew ridicule from the families of some victims, who were in court, the paper added, with one of them asking, “Would you like a beer now, too?”
The 15 crew members on trial, including the captain, Lee Joon-seok, 68, have said they thought it was the coastguard’s job to evacuate passengers.
When he took the stand last week, the ferry captain, on trial for homicide along with three crew members, said he was just following established practice in not making safety checks before the vessel set off.
Video footage of the crew’s escape triggered outrage across South Korea, after they had ordered the passengers, most of whom were high school children, to stay put in their cabins as the ferry sank. Few of the children questioned the order.
A Latvian ship captain has pleaded guilty and sentenced to serve four months in prison in the UK for navigating his ship with a blood alcohol content of nearly four times the legal limit, the BBC reports.
Captain Andrejs Borodins was found staggering and incoherent by a Dundee harbor pilot while navigating the 1,300 tonne cargo ship MV Fritjord up Scotland’s River Tay in July, BBC reports. The pilot sent the captain to his cabin to sleep it off and he was later arrested when the ship docked in Dundee.
Borodins was charged under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 and sentenced to four months in prison, which was reduced from six months for his guilty plea.
The Railways and Transport Safety Act of 2003 allows for a BAC of up to .08. The law calls for a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison, a fine, or both in the case of a conviction.
The Latvian Captain Andrejs Borodins, 53, who was in charge when the "Frifjord" was sailing up the River Tay with almost four times the legal alcohol limit in July 2014 has been jailed. The captain's drunken state was discovered when pilot Barry Nisbet came aboard at Balmerino to help steer the vessel past the road and rail bridges on the Tay. He sent Borodins to his bunk to sleep off his intoxication, with the first mate taking the wheel as the ship docked in Dundee. Police attended and arrested Borodins, who failed a breath test. He pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003. Defence solicitor John Kydd said Borodins had been working at sea for 25 years, having previously done his national service in the Russian military. He was exhausted from doing back to back six hour shifts and that was his reason for drinking. Sheriff Alastair Brown jailed Borodins for four months, reduced from six months for his early guilty plea.
MSC Cruises’ Renaissance Programme is underway as the MSC Armonia has arrived in Sicily for her stretching. On Sunday August 31 MSC Armonia entered the Fincantieri shipyard, in Palermo, Italy, where she will remain for 11 weeks, until resuming service on November 17 with a one-off inaugural Mediterranean
Silver Explorer Completes Northwest Passage Voyage
Silversea's 132-guest Silver Explorer has successfully completed the company's first-ever journey through the Northwest Passage.
The 23-day voyage commenced in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland on August 9 and concluded in Nome, Alaska on September 1. It covered a distance of nearly 3,500 nautical miles, following a route through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago similar to Roald Amundsen's east-to-west expedition of 1903 to 1906, the first successful navigation by boat through the passage.
"Sailing the Northwest Passage is an experience reserved for true adventurers and dedicated explorers," said Conrad Combrink, Silversea's director of expedition planning and strategic development. "We are honored to know that what was once an unfulfilled dream for such renowned explorers as Captain James Cook, Henry Hudson, and many others, is now a successful chapter in the history of Silversea Expeditions."
"It's a special privilege to sail through the world's most elusive and historic waterways. Such a journey requires careful and meticulous planning at every stage," said Golubev, who has led over 50 voyages to the Arctic, Antarctic and Greenland. In an abundance of caution, Captain Golubev enlisted the services of an icebreaker to escort Silver Explorer through a critical portion of the route.
"I'm pleased that all our strategizing and preparations resulted in success for Silversea's first-ever Northwest Passage expedition, and I'm very grateful to be among a small group of mariners who have experienced such an extraordinary opportunity during their careers."
Silversea is a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), dedicated to managing respectable, environmentally friendly and safe expedition cruising in the Arctic.
Jasper Fails to Take Delivery of Jasper Cosmopolitan from Yulian Shipyard
Singapore-listed Jasper Investments Limited (the Company and together with its subsidiaries, the Group) referred Monday to the Company’s announcement dated Aug. 22 (the Previous Announcement). Unless otherwise defined, all capitalized terms used in this announcement shall bear the same meanings ascribed to them in the Previous Announcement. Further to the Previous Announcement, the Board wishes to inform that Jasper Cosmopolitan has been unable to raise sufficient funds to take delivery of the Jasper Cosmopolitan accommodation semisub from China's Yiulian Shipyard, and as such a Non-payment Event has occurred. Pursuant to the Non-payment Event, Yiulian Shipyard has exercised its right to seek to sell the Jasper Cosmopolitan vessel. The Group intends to work collaboratively with Yiulian Shipyard on the sale process and, to the best of the Board’s ability, negotiate a profit share in the interest of enhancing the Jasper Cosmopolitan vessel’s sale price and increase the value to the benefit of the shareholders. Further announcements will be made on any material developments on the foregoing matters, as and when appropriate. In the meantime, Shareholders are advised to exercise caution when dealing in the securities of the Company and refrain from taking any action in relation to their securities which may be prejudicial to their interests. Source : Rigzone
The Ukrainian and Romanian crew has been ordered not to exit the "Fritz" on the Maumee River in Toledo. The bulk carrier has been sitting on one side of the river since Aug 6, 2014, coming from Hamilton. The vessel was detained by the U.S. Marshal’s Service over unpaid fees of nearly $900,000. The fate of the crew onboard was unknown. It was not clear if they have received their wages or how many supplies they have on the "Fritz". The authorities feared that if the crew deserts, there would be no one to move the vessel even if the debts were paid. The vessel was supposed to unload steel coils but the cargo was still on the ship.
In mid-July the vessel was reported stranded in Oshawa with unpaid wages, supplies running low and a technical issue. The crew made an unscheduled stop to seek help. According to witnesses, they fished in the Lake Ontario to survive. They stayed in Oshawa for two days when a new foreign investor paid the crew and got the ship moving again.
The "Norrland" was refloated and anchored off Ullensvang where is awaiting detail assessment. The crew will be fined because they did not inform the local authorities. The authorities were notified by witnesses. Preliminary inspection showed the grounding was caused by a technical issue of the steering gear. There were no reports of injuries or pollution.
On Aug 23, 2014, at 8.10 p.m. the ,NSRI Port Elizabeth were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority to respond to the "Birch 3", lying at anchorage nine nautical miles off Port Elizabeth, to patient evacuate a 46 year old Filipino sailor suffering chest pains. The NSRI Port Elizabeth launched the sea rescue craft "Spirit of Toft" accompanied by a relay private ambulance service paramedic and on arrival on-scene the paramedic stabilised the patient who was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought to shore and transported to hospital by a Relay private ambulance service ambulance in a stable condition for further treatment. Sea conditions were a strong South Westerly wind and 2 to 3 meter swells.The bulk carrier remains lying at anchor off Port Elizabeth awaiting further instructions.
Master of wind famr support vessel fines for breaching maritime collision regulations in 2012
The master of the "Island Panther" has to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after breaching maritime collision regulations. Geoffrey Whinfrey was in charge of the offshore support vessel when it collided with a wind turbine in the Sheringham Shoal wind farm on Nov 21, 2012.
Whinfrey had been requested by the wind farm operator - Scira Offshore Energy Ltd. - that the "Island Panther" take off duty employees ashore due to the worsening weather conditions. It was dark and the wind was gusting up to 45mph, with driving rain and rough seas. Passage plans had not been completed for any part of the journey. Whinfrey attempted to navigate through the wind farm using the safety lights on the wind turbine towers, which is against company policy. While passing through the wind farm he failed to notice that one of the turbine towers’ lights was not illuminated and subsequently hit that tower head on at approximately 12 knots. The collision resulted in Mr. Whinfrey and his fellow crewman flying forward and hitting the control consul, plus people below were flung across the passenger cabin. Some of those onboard had to be taken to hospital with minor injuries and the vessel was also considerably damaged. An investigation determined that the accident happened as Mr. Whinfrey was relying solely on the turbine safety lights and didn’t make good use of the lookout and navigation equipment on board.
Whinfrey, guilty at Southampton Magistrates Court on Sep 2 September 2014 to breaches of Rule 5 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972. He was fined £1,000, plus £2,000 in costs. The MCA Surveyor based at the Norwich Marine Office stated that Mr. Whinfrey relied heavily on the lights of the turbine towers to navigate through the wind farm against company policy. He displayed poor seamanship by failing to keep a proper lookout by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances. It was very lucky that no one was seriously hurt.