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 Kathryn T Devall  (Other)
78 days ago by Timsen

Barge pushed by Kathryn T. Devall caught fire
The US Coast Guard was responding to an adrift barge that caught on fire approximately two miles west of Cat Island, Mississippi, on Aug 3, 2017. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Alabama, received a report at approximately 1:20 p.m. that a barge being pushed by the "Kathryn T. Devall" caught fire with a reported 2,500 tons of anhydrous ammonia and 800 gallons of diesel fuel. The crew of the tug was unable to extinguish the fire and released the barge from the tug. There were no reported injuries. The barge was currently drifting in an eastern direction and was approximately 4 1/2 miles south of Pass Christian, Mississippi. The Coast Guard has established a 2 1/2-mile safety zone surrounding the barge. Sector Mobile watchstanders directed the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Gulfport, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama, and the Coast Guard Cutter "Brant" from Gulfport to assess the situation. ES&H, an air monitoring service, and T&T Marine, a salvage company, are currently en route to the barge. There was a reported 100-foot sheen coming from the barge. Gulfport Fire Department reported that they have extinguished the fire. Report with photo: coastguardnews.co...

 Carnival Valor  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
78 days ago by Timsen

Medevac off Galveston
A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced a 30-year-old woman in the evening of Aug 3, 2017, from the "Carnival Valor" 10 miles East of Galveston. The cruise ship contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders to report that a woman aboard the ship injured her head after a fall, and they requested medical assistance. The aircrew arrived on scene at approximately 7 p.m. and hoisted the woman from the cruise ship. She was transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and was reported to be in stable condition.

 Aliseo  (Fishing Vessel)
78 days ago by Timsen

Two Italian fishing boats attacked by Tunisian boat
Two Italian fishing boats from Mazara del Vallo - the "Aliseo" and "Anna Madre" - were attacked by a boat off Zarzis, in international waters near the border between Libya and Tunisia in the night of Aug 3, 2017. Two people on the bow started to fire at the "Anna Madre" with machine guns at 7 p.m. A helicopter which took off from an Italian Navy vessel in the area and a Tunisian military vessel intervened, persuading the vessel to back off. The vessel belongs to Tunisian Customs authorities. The incident owas allegedly connected to the so-called local 'fishing war' amid a climate of tension in the Mediterranean over the Italian mission in Libya to confront the ongoing migrant crisis. The attack, which was probably carried out by a Tunisian cutter that allegedly wanted to force the two Italian vessels to dock at a Tunisian port to check on its fishing activity. The shots were allegedly fired as a warning. No Tunisian vessels intervened to defend the Sicilian boats, which resumed their activity in the morning of Aug 3 south of Lampedusa. Port authorities in Mazara del Vallo said were in close contact with the "Aliseo" and "Anna Madre".

 Anna Madre  (Fishing Vessel)
78 days ago by Timsen

Two Italian fishing boats attacked by Tunisian boat
Two Italian fishing boats from Mazara del Vallo - the "Aliseo" and "Anna Madre" - were attacked by a boat off Zarzis, in international waters near the border between Libya and Tunisia in the night of Aug 3, 2017. Two people on the bow started to fire at the "Anna Madre" with machine guns at 7 p.m. A helicopter which took off from an Italian Navy vessel in the area and a Tunisian military vessel intervened, persuading the vessel to back off. The vessel belongs to Tunisian Customs authorities. The incident owas allegedly connected to the so-called local 'fishing war' amid a climate of tension in the Mediterranean over the Italian mission in Libya to confront the ongoing migrant crisis. The attack, which was probably carried out by a Tunisian cutter that allegedly wanted to force the two Italian vessels to dock at a Tunisian port to check on its fishing activity. The shots were allegedly fired as a warning. No Tunisian vessels intervened to defend the Sicilian boats, which resumed their activity in the morning of Aug 3 south of Lampedusa. Port authorities in Mazara del Vallo said were in close contact with the "Aliseo" and "Anna Madre".

 Iuventa  (Offshore Vessel > Standby Safety Vessel)
78 days ago by Timsen

Ship seized for alleged contact with Libyan smugglers
Italian authorities have seized the "Iuventa" which is operated by the German charity "Jugend Rettet" over allegations volunteers had contact with Libyan smugglers. Prosecutors in Trapani said an investigation started in October had uncovered evidence suggesting that the "Iuventa" was used “to aid and abet illegal immigration”. The vessel was seized on the island of Lampedusa on Aug 2 after it was ordered to take rescued migrants to shore there and its crew have been interviewed by police. ​Ambrogio Cartosio, a public prosecutor from Trapani, said there was evidence some members had contact with smugglers during one incident in September and two others in June. The prosecutor alleged that migrants were “handed over” to the "Iuventa" by smugglers rather than being “rescued”, and later transferred to other ships to be taken ashore in Italy. Police searched the ship under warrant before taking charge of it and sailing it to Sicily. But the prosecutor stressed that there was no evidence of Jugend Rettet receiving any money from Libyan traffickers and no indication of a wider conspiracy between the two groups – a favourite theory of the European far-right. “My personal conviction was that the motive is humanitarian, exclusively humanitarian. It would be fantasy to say there was a coordinated plan between the NGOs and the Libyan traffickers.”, he said. Images released by Italian police appeared to show a RIB from the "Iuventa" towing an empty wooden boat into Libyan waters on June 18, with volunteers later coming in close proximity to a boat containing smugglers removing the engine from a dinghy packed with migrants. Smugglers were again filmed in close proximity to the "Iuventa" on June 26 as part of the Italian investigation. Jugend Rettet, which has refused to sign a controversial code of conduct for rescue ships, said it sailed to Lampedusa under instruction from Italian authorities after rescuing migrants from a boat in distress. “As it happened during other stops at this port, the crew was questioned by the local police, which also entered the ship,” it said in a statement. It was the first time Italian police have seized a humanitarian boat, following months of mounting tensions over claims NGOs are aiding or even directly colluding with Libyan smugglers. NGOs have been appearing before an Italian parliamentary committee looking into allegations of collusion, where Mr Cartosio announced his suspicions in May and said some rescuers appeared to know where to locate migrant boats in advance. Charities have repeatedly rejected the charges, saying they are deployed by the Rome-based Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to aid in the search and rescue zone in international waters off Libya. The suspicions resulted in Italy drawing up a “code of conduct” for humanitarian ships, but only three of the eight organisations active in the central Mediterranean have so far signed it.

 Swedish Reefer  (General Cargo Ship > Refrigerated Cargo Ship)
78 days ago by Timsen

Medevac off Falmouth
An injured crew member of the "Swedish Reefer" was medevaced off Falmouth on Aug 3, 2017. Rescue crews got the call just before 10 a.m. after the person was injured by falling on board. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team, Falmouth's lifeboat and the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter rushed to the scene, as well as South West Ambulance Service after the ship requested help from the UK Coastguard near the King Harry ferry in Carrick Roads. The casualty has been airlifted to hospital by the Coastguard helicopter. Report with photo: https://www.piratefm.co.u...

 Whitstar  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Oil Products Tanker)
78 days ago by Timsen

Tanker adrift and taken in tow off Penmarc'h
On Aug 3, 2017, at 3:07 a.m. the CROSS Etel in Morbihan, received a distress call from the "Whitstar" which had broken down West of Penmarc'h Point, coming from Flushing. The ship was bound to Ferrol when it suffered an electrical failure and subsequent propulsion loss. The ship with a crew of eight on board and more than 2,500 tons of hydrocarbons in the cargo holds went adrift. At 6.15 a.m., the emergency tug "Abeille Bourbon" left the port of Camaret. Around 8 a.m., it arrived at the tanker. On the order of the Maritime Prefect of the Atlantic, the owner of the tanker was summoned to settle the situation before noon. In the morning hours the propulsion could be regained so far that the ship could proceed to the port Brest for permanent repairs. As a precaution, it was finally taken in tow by the "Abeille Bourbon". The convoy reached Brest during the evening hours, and the ship was moored on the port's anchorage around midnight. The ship's crew was currently awaiting the decision of experts on board who will determine whether the ship can be repaired on site or has to be docked. French report with photo: www.letelegramme....

 Boma  (Container Ship)
78 days ago by BerndU

arrived Alang anchorage
arrived Alang anchorage 03.08.17

 Galileo  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Tank Barge)
78 days ago by Timsen

Tanker refloated and underway to repair yard
25 ships had to interrupt their Rhine transit on Aug 2 due to the salvage work on the "Galielo". 300 tons of the cargo of 1.710 tons sodium hydroxide were lightered before the tanker could be refloated and towed to the Loreley port where the remainder of the cargo was pumped onto another ship. The ship traffic was stopped at Bingen during the salvage work. On Aug 3 the ship headed to a yard in Moerdijk for repairs, ETA Aug 5.

 Xinenhui 008  (Other Tanker)
79 days ago by Timsen

Eight missing near Shanghai
The "Xenhui 08", 499 gt, capsized and sank on Aug 1, 2017, at Taicang in Shanghai, in the same area, where the day before sthe cargo vessel "Chonglunj 3010" had sunk after collision with the cargo vessel "New Sailing 2". The "Xinenhui 008" was en route from Jiangyin to Xiamen with general cargo and cargo of steel. Eight crew went missing, an SAR operation was under way.


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