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 Seabed Worker  (Offshore Vessel > Offshore Support Vessel)
103 days ago by Timsen

Seabed Worker raised wreck of sunken fishing vessel
In the afternoon of Apr 19, 2015, the 35-ft-f/v "Stortinn Junior" which was wrecked off Røst on Apr 6 was raised from a depth of 61 meters by the "Seabed Worker". At 3 p.m. it was lifted on board the ship. The body of skipper who had been missing since the accident was found in the wreckage. The deceased was to be transported to Bodø for identification and an autopsy.The "Seabed Worker" started on Apr 16 in the afternoon its effort to recover the "Stortinn Jr.". In the morning of Apr 10 the "Stortinn Jr." was located on the bottom. Crime technicians of the police will carry out a technical examination of the boat along with personnel from the State's casualty commission. One man had survived the shipwreck. The 19-year-old grandson of the deceased sat on the bow of the boat when a rescue boat arrived. Norwegian report with photos:

 Victoria Clipper  (Passenger Ship)
103 days ago by Timsen

Fire on Seattle ferry
Coast Guard crews escorted the "Victoria Clipper" to Seattle following a reported electrical fire aboard the vessel near Port Townsend on Apr 16, 2015. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a report from the "Victoria Clipper" of an electrical fire on an anchor windlass in a forward space onboard the vessel around 7:16 p.m. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter "Terrapin", an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Bellingham, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles were diverted from a scheduled training exercise to assist. The Washington State Ferry Operation Center was also notified and was ready to divert a vessel to assist if passengers needed to be transferred from the "Victoria Clipper". The USCG units escorted the "Victoria Clipper" to its Seattle pier after the ferry’s crewmembers extinguished the fire aboard the vessel. The Victoria Clipper was carrying 223 passengers from Victoria, B.C., to Seattle at the time of the incident. Seattle Fire Department personnel were standing by at the pier in Seattle to assist the "Victoria Clipper"’s crew, if necessary when it arrived around 9 p.m. The Coast Guard started to investigate the cause of the fire.

 Horizon Enterprise  (Container Ship)
103 days ago by Timsen

Container ship assisted distressed yacht crew
On Apr 14, 2015, at 8:39 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders were notified by an operator aboard the "Horizon Enterprise" of an orange smoke flare. Once on scene, the "Horizon Enterprise" crew discovered a man aboard a 30-foot yellow-and-white sailing vessel waving his arms and yelling for help approximately 24 miles north west of Fort Bragg Tuesday morning. The USCG Sector Humboldt Bay dispatched a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Noyo River and an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay. At 9:54 a.m., the rescue aircrew located the sailboat with a 13-year-old boy and 48-year-old man aboard. The aircrew lowered a radio down to establish communications with the operator of the vessel; his radio became inoperable after he reportedly fell in the evening of Apr 13 and injured his leg and hip. Once the rescue boatcrew arrived on scene, they transferred the two people aboard and transported them to Fort Bragg, where emergency medical services personnel were waiting. Station Noyo River launched a second Motor Lifeboat crew to tow the sailing vessel back to shore. Report with photos:

 Daniel Laval  (Service Ship > Hopper Dredger)
103 days ago by Timsen

Suspected ammunition was gas cylinder
On Apr 12, 2015, 20 minutes past midnight the "Daniel Laval", was was dredging off the coast of le Havre, reported to the CROSS Jobourg havoing brought up a device resembling a historic munition. The CROSS quickly contacted the centre of maritime operations (COM) in Cherbourg. It hired a team of three deminers who were taken aboard the dredger by an EC 225 helicopter of the navy base in Maupertus. The find turned out be a gas cylinder. At 05:15 a.m. the Navy helicopter recovered the team and returned to its base in Maupertus, while the "Daniel Laval" was able to resume its work.

 Baltic Ace  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship > Vehicles Carrier)
103 days ago by Timsen

Accident during salvage work
On Apr 15, 2015, a sailopr was injured during salvage operations at the "Baltic Ace" when something went wrong while serving a windlass. The "Union Sapphire", a tug that was at the scene of the accident, took the injured sailor on board until the lifeboat "Christien" from Neeltje Jans arrived. The tug and the tKNRM boat redezvoused near the pilot station Steenbanken. After the injured was retrieved the "Christien" set course towards Neeltje Jans where the man was taken to hospital. Dutch report with photos and video:

 Rick  (Pleasure Craft > Sailing Vessel)
103 days ago by Timsen

Body of missing skipper found
On Apr 19, 2015, the body of the 35-year-old Rick Banda from Moerdijk was found at Hoofdplate. He went missing early in February when the "Rick" capsized on the Wester Scheldt. Passers-by found the body in the morning at the jetty of the village and alerted the police. The remains were recovered by the water police and the KNRM. Emergency services had searched for weeks for the missing skipper. Two other people on board were saved. The cause of the accident was still unknown.

 Gokceada 1  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
103 days ago by Timsen

Ferry aground off Gökçeada
On Apr 19, 2015, at 4.09 p.m. the "Gökçeada 1" enroute from Kabatepe to Gökçeada ran aground off the breakwater at Gökçeada with 39 vehicles, 188 passengers and 11 crew on board. The tug "Kurtarma-7" and the lifeboat "Kegk 9" were quickly sent to the scene. The tug reached the ferry at 7.15 p.m. and reported there was no environmental pollution. At 8.05 p.m. all 188 passengers were safely evacuated to shore by the lifeboat. The salvage work was ongoing. Turkish report with photos, video: https://www.kiyiemniyeti....

 Polar Pioneer  (Offshore Vessel > Drilling Ship)
103 days ago by arnekiel

Giant oil rig arrives in Port Angeles as protesters take to waters off Ediz Hook
A 355-foot-tall offshore oil rig entered Port Angeles Harbor at 7:10 a.m. Friday for a two-week stay, and it was met with protesters in kayaks and inflatable boats obeying a Coast Guard safety perimeter around the huge vessel. Greenpeace protesters wrapped up early in the afternoon, said Cassidy Sharp, Greenpeace spokeswoman for the Arctic Works campaign. It was uncertain if protesters will be active today or Sunday. Protest was made without incident, said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Dana Warr. “Everybody went out and protested peacefully and respected the federal regulations around the vessels, and they stayed safe during the vessel's maneuvering for position for anchorage,” Warr said. “We consider that a success for the day.” The Polar Pioneer, being transported piggyback on the MV Blue Marlin, a heavy-lift ship, is expected to anchor in the harbor for routine outfitting for about two weeks before being floated to Seattle. It arrived in the Strait of Juan de Fuca before daybreak to end a Pacific Ocean journey from Malaysia. www.peninsuladail...

 Esperanza  (Pleasure Craft > Yacht)
103 days ago by arnekiel

Oil rig occupiers docked at Ogden Point are keen for next protest
Greenpeace activists Andreas Widlund and Zoe Buckley Lennox were nervous but excited as they put on their gear one April morning at dawn. Minutes later, the skilled climbers would leave their vessel with four others and scale a Royal Dutch Shell oil rig 1,200 kilometres northwest of Hawaii, setting up camp in protest. “It had been a long time building to that moment — a month of preparations,” said Widlund, 27, who is from Sweden. For Buckley Lennox, a 21-year-old Australian, the view before disembarking was auspicious. “The sun was rising and the water looked so smooth — it was like glass,” she said. “The Pacific was on our side.” The activists spoke from Ogden Point, the first place they have docked since occupying the Shell vessel for six days in a protest they consider a success, because it raised awareness of the risks of offshore drilling in the Arctic. Their ship Esperanza, a former Russian firefighting vessel, will remain in port until Tuesday, as it changes crew. The six international activists were among 35 people aboard Esperanza that followed a heavy-lift vessel carrying the 400-foot Polar Pioneer, one of two Shell drilling vessels expected to conduct exploratory drilling in the Alaskan Arctic this year. The activists boarded the rig April 6. On April 11, a U.S. District Court Judge in Anchorage granted Shell a restraining order, prohibiting them from entering a safety zone around the rig. Shell spokeswoman Kelly op de Weegh said the company is pleased with the order. - See more at: www.timescolonist...

 Oriana  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
103 days ago by arnekiel

Oriana Limped Back to Miami After Fire on April 17
The P & O Oriana has made it back safely to the Port of Miami last night after a fire broke out on the ship. Viewers following the PTZ / Port of Miami webcam heard radio communication between the ship and the Coast Guard that a fire had allegedly broken out on the ship involving the engine room. The Oriana requested tugs to assist it back to port in Miami after the fire was extinguished. AIS tracking systems shows the cruise ship leaving port (for Key West) and then turning around shortly after leaving the port. No further information is available at this time. I have requested information from P&O Cruises but have not received anything. Have info? Please leave a comment or join the discussion on our Facebook page. April 19, 2015 Update: Oriana left the Port of Miami this morning around 8:20 AM. Seatrade quotes an unidentified cruise spokeswoman issuing a bland statement that the incident involved a "minor, localized fire which was swiftly extinguished and at no time affected the safety of passengers or crew." I have never heard a cruise spokesperson ever describing a cruise ship fire as anything other than "small" and "quickly extinguished."

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