Offshore ship saved four worker from burning oil platform
The US Coast Guard on Jan 5, 2017, was responding to a report of a fire on the oil production platform A owned by Houston-based Renaissance Offshore LLC near Grand Isle, Louisiana. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans were notified at approximately 2:30 a.m. that an oil production platform caught fire approximately 80 miles south of Grand Isle. Watchstanders directed the launch of an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama. There were four people aboard the platform who evacuated into the water and were recovered by the "Mary Wyatt Milano". It transferred them onto a neighbouring rig from which they were airlifted to hosital and taken to the Terrebonne General Medical Center. There were no reported injuries. The crew of the "Mary Wyatt Milano" and three other offshore supply vessels are currently fighting the fire. Clean Gulf, an oil spill response organization, was enroute to the platform. The fire was extinguished at 6.15 a.m.
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Efforts to prevent a pollution off Andros after the grounding of the "Cabrera" were facing difficulties due to stormy weather in the area. The ship was estimated to still contain around 20 tons of fuel, and attempts to contain any slicks using protective nets have been disrupted due to high winds. A team of 35 people has been tasked with cleaning the coast near the ship but it was expected that conditions will worsen in the coming days.
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The Coast Guard suspended the search for a 74-year-old passenger who appeared to have fallen from the "MSC Divina" late on Jan 3 near San Juan. The search for Jean Knorr was suspended at 9:55 p.m. Knorr was last seen around 3.a.m. on Jan 2 by his wife. Rescue crews searched for more than 35 hours, covering more than 2,000 square miles. The search was conducted by an Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, Air Station Cape Cod HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew, Air Station Clearwater C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircrew and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter "Donald Horsley" from San Juan.
On Jan 4, 2017, at 7.50 p.m. a crew member was medevaced from the "Schneivin's" off Port-en-Bessin. The CROSS Manche was informed that the fisherman required medical attention. The vessel was two miles north of Port-en-Bessin. The CROSS Jobourg organized a medical teleconference with the maritime medical coordination SAMU in Le Havre and the ship. A Cayman helicopter of the Navy base in Maupertus airlifted the patient and transferred him to the Carpiquet airport where an ambulance was ready to take him to hospital in Caen.
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The engine of the "Bastø IV" overheated in the afternoon of Jan 4, 2017, so she had to be taken out of service Horten-Moss at 3 p.m. for testings by operator Bastø Fosen. Traffic was normal as January is a month with less traffic. The ferry was put into normal operation again at 5.45 p.m.
The "Nikolai Kasatkin" which had been detained in Velsen-North since Nov 30, 2016, could be released after the owner has flown a new crew to the ship. A part of the old crew was still on board because they refused to abandon ship. Trade unionist Gijs Mol of the International Transport Workers Federation has advised the crew to go home. They have been already paid the fees until mid-October. Also captain Alexander Strachovitsj disembarked on Jan 4, 2016. He threatened last week to call the police if the crew would not unload the cargo. Around christmas they had unloaded a part frozen crab of 70 tonnes taken aboard from five Russian fishing vessels unloaded in the hope that they would get their salary. Some had received no wages for months. The new captain expected that the ship departs between 10th and 15th January after all requirements of the Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) have been satisified. The ship had been detained because of deficiencies in security reasons and a malfunctioning radio.
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Enroute from Rotterdam, where she had sailed on Jan 3, 2017, to Bremerhaven the "Munkebo Maersk" lost five containers over board in the Northsea on Jan 4. Several tenhousand small toys, the former contents of surprise chocolate eggs, drifted onto the shore of Langeoog in the run of the day. They had been stored in one of the containers which was destined from Yangshang to Russia. The container ship berthed at the Strom Quay Eurogate in Bremerhaven on Jan 5 at 3.20 a.m.
The US Coast Guard medevaced a 76-year-old woman from the "Grandeur of the Seas" about 20 miles off the coast of North Carolina on Jan 4, 2017. The Coast Guard was notified by the captain of the ship of a female passenger who was experiencing abdominal pains 20 miles northeast of Oregon Inlet at about 8:40 a.m.
Watchstander's at the Coast Guard's 5th District Command Center dispatched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter air crew from Air Station Elizabeth City at 9:30 a.m. and arrived on-scene at approximately 10 a.m.
The air crew hoisted the woman and her daughter to the helicopter and transported them to Norfolk Sentara Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, arriving at 11 a.m.
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