While sailing along the Marmara coast the "Tibil" burst into flames on Jan 20, 2014 at 1.34 p.m. off the Pendik docks in Istanbul’s Asian side. A 34-year-old man, was killed in the fire. The remaining 10 crew members were evacuated from the unloaded ship. Four of them had suffered injuries and were sent to hospital. Six swift lifeboats and two tugs have been sent to the scene. Smoke was seen rising from the ship as it was intercepted by the "Kıyı Emniyeti 6", the "Kurtarma 1" and "Kurtarma 7". The master, the second officer and another officer returned to the ship which was listing to starboard, at 3.10 p.m. for a further investigation. The ship was to be transferred to the Tuzla Shipyard.
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A crewman has been airlifted to hospital on Jan 20, 2014, in the morning after a fire on board the "Norfolk Tern" four nautical miles off Great Yarmouth. The Humber Coastguard received a call from the vessel just after 8 a.m. reporting they had a fire in their starboard engine. They had managed to bring it under control, but one crewman was believed to be suffering the effects of breathing in too much smoke. The Lowestoft and Gorleston Coastguard Rescue Teams, the search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham along with the RNLI all-weather lifeboats, from Lowestoft and Gorleston, were sent to the scene. The charity’s Trent class lifeboat "Samarbeta" located the vessel three miles south east of Gorleston.
They had a paramedic on our crew so soon after they arrived he went over and assessed the casualty. He was suffering from smoke inhalation and he was in a bit of a bad way. The injured crewman was winched on board the RAF helicopter and taken direct to James Paget University Hospital. With the lifeboats standing by, the five other crew members stayed on board the Norfolk Tern to help bring the vessel into Great Yarmouth. They were met there by Coastguard Rescue Officers, along with ambulance and fire crews. Six fire engines, police, paramedics, coastguards and lifeboat crews attended at the South Quay just before 8.30 a.m.The standby vessel "Vos Discovery" also provided support in transferring oxygen for the injured person.
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Large scale rescue operation after fishing vessel capsized off Tyne
On Jan 19, 2014, just just before 5 p.m. the "Kiroan - PD 23" contacted the Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre to say that they had heard the fishing vessel "Rachael Jayne IV - MT 100", a well-known Maryport registered prawn fishing boat with an experienced crew, make a Mayday broadcast. The "Rachael Jayne IV" said that she was taking on water and sinking 26 miles East North East of the Tynemouth Piers. The crew were also reported to be abandoning the vessel to their liferaft. The Humber Coastguard immediately sent the RAF rescue helicopter based at RAF Boulmer and the RNLI lifeboat based at Tynemouth to the scene. They also broadcast a Mayday alert message to vessels in the area requesting them to head for the scene. A large number of fishing vessels and commercial ships responded and headed towards the "Rachael Jayne III". The four crew were winched from the liferaft to the helicopter half an hour after they abandoned ship, and taken to the Wansbeck Hospital where they were met by the Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team and are receiving medical attention. The "Rachael Jayne IV" was listing badly to starboard when the crew took to the liferaft. The trawler - owned by Ryan Whitehead, of Maryport, who was on the boat with his son and two others from the North East - could not be saved by the RNLI and sank.
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Russia did not yet attempt to obtain funds from Greenpeace
Approximately 89,728 dollars in outstanding debt was owed to the Murmansk port authorities for the period that the "Arctic Sunrise" has spent docked there following the participation of its crewmembers in an Arctic drilling protest. The ship was still being under the control of Russia’s Federal Investigative Committee. Under maritime law, Greenpeace would be required to pay for the "Arctic Sunrise" ship’s stay in the port, but Russia has not attempted to obtain funds from the organization. The Investigative Committee has reportedly asked the federal authorities for an executive order in this case. Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry was reportedly considering whether the docking period should be free of charge. The vessel has remained in the Murmansk port since Sep 24, 2013.
24 crew members were safe after abandoning the "Rich Forest" approximately 440 miles west of Guam on Jan 20, 2014. At 8 a.m. on Jan 19, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Guam Command Center had received a report of flooding from the ship which was carrying logs enroute to China. Due to the flooding in the engine room it lost propulsion. The Chinese crew reported the vessel was taking on 160 tons of water per hour and generators had failed. Coast Guard watchstanders in Guam identified four merchant vessels to provide assistance under the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System. The Coast Guard Cutters "Assateague" and "Sequoia" were deployed from Guam but were 18 hours away. At 1:21 p.m., the "Rich Forest"’s crew entered life rafts and abandoned ship. At 4:40 p.m., the bulkcarrier "CS Sunshine", IMO:9609471, rescued them from the life rafts and safely brought them aboard. The crew was to be taken aboard the "Assateague" once it arrived on scene. The "CS Sunshine" then planned to continue its way from Newcastle to Japan. The "Rich Forest" remained unpowered and adrift. The Coast Guard issued a broadcast notice to mariners to warn any ships in the area of the hazard to navigation and to report the location of the vessel.
Supreme Court in India to hear the plea of Italian marines
On Jan 20, 2014, the Supreme Court will hear the plea by two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen on the delay in their trial and have sought dropping of charges. The trial by a special court was otherwise to conclude in one year. Senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi had argued that that the trial was directed to be concluded within one year, after being held on a day-to-day basis. However, he added that so far even the charge-sheet had not been filed in the case, and both the marines, Massimilano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, were in India awaiting trial. On Jan 18, 2013, the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir (since retired) and Justice J. Chelameswar had ruled that the Kerala government has no independent jurisdiction to try two Italian marines. It had said that it was only the union of India that had the jurisdiction to hold the trial of the two marines. The court had said the central government, in consultation with the Chief Justice of India, would set up a special court to hold the trial. The Italian government, the judgment had said, would be free to raise the issue of whether it had the jurisdiction to conduct the trial of these two Italian marines in their country. Upon raising this issue of jurisdiction, the special court would decide the question whether the government of India or the Italian government has the jurisdiction to conduct the trial of the two marines under the Maritime Law. The two Italian marines, Chief Master Sergeant Massimilano Latorre and Sergeant Salvatore Girone, on board the Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie had shot dead two Indian fishermen on Feb 15, 2012, suspecting them to be pirates. The marines said they had fired in the direction of the vessel, which they suspected had pirates on board. In reality, it was a fishing vessel.
Sailors from the San Diego-based USS "Spruance" rescued a Filipino mariner who fell overboard from the "Pantagruel" in the Singapore Strait. The vessel placed a distress call to the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer about 7:25 a.m. on Jan 18, 2014, reporting a man overboard. The "Spruance"'s crew launched a rigid-hull-inflatable boat and its sailors were able to recover the mariner before he drowned. He was transferred to a Singapore Police Coast Guard vessel.
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On Jan 19 the "Silver" at 9.45 a.m. was docked at the Reina Sofia jetty in the port of La Luz at Las Palmas by the tugs "Sea Bear" and "Union Sorvereign" to be examined thoroughly and assess its condition, in order to repair it. The ship was allowed to anchor off Luz since Jan 18 where the port captain examined the vessel "in situ" before the appropriate permissions were granted. Ship representatives and insurers as well as the Dutch salvors were on site.
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