the Bulgarian patrol boat "Enterprise" was sent from Balgarskiyat to monitor the sinking site of the "Elland", 1988 gt (IMO: 8111788), which had sunk on Feb 8 on position 43 43N 28 45E off Durankulak on a water depth of 50 meters. On Feb 7 at 10:30 p.m. an engine black-out occurred aboard the "Elland" which had been en route from Constanta, where it had sailed on Feb 7 at 2.40 p.m., to Izmir. The ship, being loaded with plywood, was anchored to rectifie the situation. Howver, it developed a list of first 15 degress to starboard after the cargo had started to shift, which increased to 25-30 degrees during the following hours. On Feb 8 at 5.50 a.m. the ship sent distress calls, and around 07.00 a.m. it was reported that the crew was going to abandon the vessel, fearing it may capsize after attempts to get it back on even keel again had failed. The crew of 11, which consisted of five Georgians, five Turks - among them the master - and one Indian, boarded a lifeboat. 110 of them were pulled aboard the passing Malta-flagged cargo vessel "M. Izmir" (IMO: 9008079), which was coming from Istanbul and reached Constanta anchorage at 5.30 p.m. The rescued sailors were transferred aboard the lifeboat "Вяра" and later accomodated in a hotel at Varna. The Maritime Administration was puzzled why the crew stated there was no time to save the engine but all carried suitcases full of personal effects. The master followed aboard the tug "Elitsa" which had been ordered by the Bulgarian company Bon Marin totry to take the "Elland" to the nearest port which was Balchik, but the attempt had to be abandoned. The vessel had on board aboad 10 tons of fuel when it finally foundered at 4.30 p.m. Only a slight oil film was observed.
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The Dutch company Smit Salvage could not start draining the tanks of the foreship of the "Luno" as planned on Feb 7. While the bow was finally beached in a location easily accessible from land and tankers were placed close to the section, it was found that the fuel tank was damaged and deformed. An access hatch to the tank was not working and it was needed to puncture the hull carefully. The pumping operation should be restarted on Feb 8 around low tide. A Team of 14 started the work to penetrate the tank and installing a valve at 8 a.m., and due to suitable tides pumping of the diesel started at 10:40 a.m. A 12.15, the first truck left the beach with 24 tons fuel on board. Three more followed untikl 4.15. p.m. Also other hazardous materials such as 1,5 tons paint pots were removed. The tanks which were drained to the bottom had contained about 80 tons of oil The Brest Maritime Brigade meanwhile found out that the crew had not been at fault in the accident.
The crew was released without charge and now the harbor pilot would be interrogated as well as the crew of four of the tug "Balea" which had been reequested to assist by the pilot but had to retreat after having itself suffered water ingress in wavs of 7-8 meters and 130 km/h winds.
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On Feb 7, 2014, the "Batouwe" was hit by a sand barge on the Waal. The ore loaded barge had run aground off Millingen. During the salvage attempts the barge hit the bow of the "Batouwe" which was carrying a cargo of sand. The hull was damaged and the ship suffered water ingress.
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On Feb 6, 2014, the "Groden" suffered engine Trouble short after leaving the Alte Liebe Wharf in Cuxhaven at 2 p.m. The engine conked out after development of dense smoke. Two pilot tenders, the lifeboat "Hermann Helms" and the police boat "Bürgermeister Brauer" which secured the vessel after having been first on site, attended. The other vessels pulled the "Groden" back to port.
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Enroute from Gibraltar to Lerwick the "Green Maloy" ran aground in the port of Torshavn on Feb 6, 2014, at about 01:20 a.m. while leaving port. The Coast Guard vessel "Thor" was immediately called and monitored the sitaution. The vessel refloated with own means at about 4:00 a.m., and the "Thor" returned to its berth. EAT Lerwick was Feb 8, 6 p.m.
An electrical failure caused the sinking of the "Roland von Bremen" on the Weser. The heating broke down and then a cock froze. The following water ingress caused the vessel to sink because the automatic bilge pumps did not work. To get the ship back sailing half a Million Euro would have to be invested. The owner Hal Över could afford the maintenance costs for the ship no longer and would give it away to anyone with a concept for the operation of the cog.
In the evening of Feb 5, 2014, the "Sæviktrål" was towed to Kopervik with its propeller and rudder fouled by its own Trawls. The pilot boat "Los 124" prevented the fishing vessel from drifting shore at Rogaland after having been alerted by the traffic control Kvisøy who were notified about the problems by the crew of two. The pilot boat took the vessel in tow and held it steady until the lifeboat "Bergen Kreds" arrived and took over the tow.
On Feb 3, 2014, the "Tasmanian Achiever" saved the crew of three of a distresses 11-m-ketch in the Bass Strait. The s/y had got in distress enroute from Melbourne to Tasmania about 53 miles off Victoria's Wilsons Promontory in severe seas. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre informed ships around and sent a Dornier aircraft and a helicopter of Ambulance Victoria.
At 9.45 p.m, three hours after the initial distress call, the "Tasmanian Achiever" enroute from Burnie to Melbourne reached the ketch which was tossed around in the waves, and took on board its crew. One man suffered a cut and was transferred to the The Alfred Hospital.