The "Boom" ran aground for another time in the afternoon of Oct 13 short time after having been refloated on the Danube. The ship now got stuck with the stern so that the salvage work went on. The ship was finally berthed in the general port of Deggendorf at 12.35 p.m. The grounding site at at river km 2276 was marked with a buoy, ship traffic remained restricted until the shallows which built up have been removed. The barge left the port of Deggendorf again on Oct 15 at 7.45 a.m., bound to Regensburg. The same day at 7 p.m. the ship traffic on the Danube was floating free again.
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The Geoscience company CGG has agreed to terminate its charter of athe "Viking Vison" owned by Norway’s Eidesvik Offshore. The contract had been due to terminate at the end of July 2017 but has been cancelled with immediate effect. CGG will continue to pay the charter rate until July 2017, as per the contract. The ship has been laid up for the past three months in Langevagen. CGG bareboat-chartered Viking Vision for eight years in 2007. This contract was extended by a further two years in 2011 when Eidesvik and CGG Veritas formed a joint venture to manage ten 3D seismic survey vessels.
The "Ardent II" which was destroyed by a blaze won’t be repaired after it was estimated it would cost more than £1 million. Owner Hamish McPherson cannot afford to repair the ship following the devastating blaze. It has now been confirmed the most likely cause of the fire was an electrical junction box fault.
The "Nathan E. Stewart" and the 287-ft-fuel barge "DBL 55" owned by the Texas-based Kirby Corporation have run aground at the Edge Reef in the Seaforth Channel just north of Athlone Island near Bella Bella on Oct 13, 2016, around 1 a.m. enroute from Alaska to Vancouver. Two Coast Guard ships were responding, and another Coast Guard SAR vessel was on its way with special equipment on board to assess and prevent any possible environmental threats. The barge was empty at the time of the incident. The tug remained attached to the barge and partially sank due to a breach in the hull. It finally foundered around 10 a.m.
The tug had about 50,000 gallons of diesel at the beginning of its trip. Seven crew members were on board, but no one was injured. By noon, the tug was two-thirds under water, but still tethered to the barge which was stable. Three tanks of the tug were damaged. A light, oily sheen could be seen on the water’s surface as crews on numerous vessels from different agencies attempted to handle the situation. The "Cape St. James", a 47-foot motor lifeboat stationed in Bella Bella, was on the scene at 2:20 a.m. Two tugs were engaged in getting and removing the barge away from the shoreline. The Coastguard ship "John P. Tully" was deployed with anti pollution gear, and the "Bartlett" coordinated the operation. Oil booms were laid out at the accident site.
Western Canada Marine Response Corporation was activated and have deployed vessels and crew from their response base in Prince Rupert. A mobile skimming vessel, boom skiff, workboat, and tug, along with a total of 2,500 feet of boom, have been deployed to the scene. Resolve Marine Group, worldwide salvage and coastal recovery specialists, have been contacted and were deploying assets to the area.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada was aware of the accident and in contact with first responders on the scene, including RCMP, the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada, and the U.S. Coast Guard. No formal investigation has been launched to date.
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After 150 tons steel have been lightered onto the "Magdalena" with a crane barge, the "Boom" could be removed from the gravel bar with the remaining 600 tons steel slides still aboard. Now the fairway will have to be dug out as gravel heaps of up to 1,80 meters were built up. Ship traffic will be allowed again on Oct 14 at the earliest. Actually 15 ships were waiting to transit.
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