A British man had to be airlifted from the "Queen Mary II" off the coast of Portimão in the Algarve during the early hours of May 9, 2016, after going into cardiac arrest. The 84-year-old man was evacuated from the ship when it was 27 miles south east of Portimão. The operation was coordinated with the Search and Rescue centre in Lisbon, the emergency services and the air force. The passenger was picked up from the ship by a EH-101 helicopter belonging to the Portuguese Air Force just after 2 a.m. and arrived in Faro about an hour later from where he was taken to Faro hospital in a stable condition.
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Maritime Liberian authorities are investigating the "Tamaya 1" which drifted onto the beach in Robertsport on May 4. In addition to the cre also the lifeguards disappeared the lifeguards. The lack of answers has led to speculation whether the ship may have been attacked by pirates. But the known route was away from areas identified with piracy. The owner of the "Tamaya 1" was bankrupt and may have left the crew without payment, so they abandoned ship, leaving it adrift. The last known fact was that the "Tamaya 1" on Apr 22 was in southern Senegal and headed to Dakar.
The Liberian government has been criticized for only became aware of the presence of the vessel two days after the grounding. Questions have been raised about the safety of navigation in Liberian waters.
The Liberian Maritime Authority was expected to give answers to the intriguing mystery of the "Tamaya 1" in the coming days.
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In the drydock of a yard at the East Dike in Rotterdam/Bolnes a fire broke out in the engine room of the "Theodoor", 1273 ts (EU-No.: 04012100), during maintenance work on May 9, 2016, at 6.30 p.m. The fire caused dense smoke development. The fire rescue was on scene with several engines and a fire boat. An expert team of the SSB for fire fighting was deployed too. Two smoke divers entered the engine room. An ambulance was on stand by as a precaution, but no one was injured. After about one hour the fire was under control and at 8 p.m. it was reported to be out.
Offshore ship underway to deploy sensors on sunken German u-boat
On May 6, 2016, the "Siddis Mariner" sailed from Vindenes bound to Fedje for the operation to stabilized the sunken wreck of the German u-boat "U 864", which was sunk by HMS "Venturer" two miles west of the island in WW II. The wreck which broke in two parts was carrying 67 tons mercury which still pose a threat to the environment. In January 2015 the Norwegian Coastguard thus decided to stabilize the foreship with 100000 tons sand and gravel to protect it from movements which could cause the loss of cargo. The operation will cost 110 million Norwegian crowns. The "Siddis Mariner" will place eight sensors around and on the wreck with a ROV. . Then the Dutch selff unloader "Stornes" (IMO-No.: 95490359), actually berthed in Glensanda, will start unloading the stones from mid-May until end of June. The work will be carried out by a consortium consisting of the company Van Oord, DVN GL, NGI, Geopartner Marin, Kvale, NIVA, Reinertsen and Rambøll.
Norwegian report with photos and video:
A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 62-year-old man from the "Stena Companion" in the Galveston Fairway Anchorage, in the afternoon of May 9, 2016. The tanker shipping agent notified Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders that a crewmember was suffering heart attack symptoms at approximately 12 p.m. Watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to assist.
Once on scene, the aircrew hoisted the man and took him to Scholes Airport in Galveston where EMS was waiting to transport him to University of Texas Medical Branch for treatment.
Hai Soon 12
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On May 8, 2016, the shipping company of the "Hai Soon 12" lost communications with the tanker for about 12 hours, and the ship did not respond to the company’s attempts to contact the ship. The ship, carrying 4,000 metric tons of Marine Gas Oil (MGO), had sailed from Singapore and was supposed to travel down via Sunda Straits to the Southern Ocean to conduct high seas bunkering/selling MGO to fishing vessels. However, the ship deviated from the planned route and travelled in a southeasterly direction towards Sulawesi instead.
The Indonesian Navy started to chase the ship after receiving a tip-off from the Indonesian Maritime Security Board on the crime. The tanker maintained course towards Bawean Island until altering course tracking eastwards short past 10 p.m.
On May 9 at 2.30 p.m. the crew of the "Untung Suropati-372" intercepted and boarded the tanker. Nine perpetrators were found on board the ship and were arrested. The pirates were all Indonesian citizens hailing from five different areas. All 21 crew members were safe and not injured. The Indonesian navy personnel, chasing the tanker, had received data from the hijacked ship’s AIS due to which they were able to locate the vessel in the waters of "Aiso". Initial investigations revealed that on May 7 at 8.45 p.m. the perpetrators had climbed up the poop deck from a small boat in waters off Pulau Belitung. The crew was tied up in the mess room. Arrangements were overheard stating the intent to sell the MGO in the night. The tanker was escorted to Surabaya, where it arrived on May 10 at 5.15 a.m.
The pirates confessed that they had planned to transfer the ship’s cargo to the Malaysian vessel "Marine Gas Oil". All the suspects have been brought to Surabaya for further investigations.
Netwave supports Mercy Ships with VDR installation
Mercy Ships, which provides free live-saving surgeries for people where medical care is nearly non-existent, uses hospital ships to sail into the harbors of remote countries to perform these operations. As they sail through international waters, their vessels must comply with official safety standards under IMO regulations. Included in these regulations is the requirement to sail with an approved Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) onboard.The Africa Mercy, currently the largest civilian hospital ship in the world, was built in 1980 and carried a first generation VDR which eventually was unsupported by the makers. Netwave supported Mercy Ships with a new VDR installation, making sure the vessel remained compliant to the regulations.
Tullow weighs three options to fix FPSO KWAME NKRUMA
Tullow is considering three options on the table to fix the broken turret bearing of jubilee floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel - FPSO KWAME NKRUMA, before resuming full operation, a company official has said.
The company shut down operations in March this year after it noticed a broken turret bearing on the vessel following planned routine maintenance works but has started production after stabilising the vessel. “Fixing the problem itself in terms of the bearing, we did say that we are looking to come to a decision on the option to select by the middle of the year,” Mr Charles Darku, General Manager for Ghana Business Unit at Tullow Oil plc, said on Wednesday. “It could be one of three options that we discussed, it could be an off-station solution, a spread moor solution and another one,” he said“We will have discussions with the Government of Ghana, our partners and all other stakeholders to [reach a] decision for that activity to take place.
The DP1 (Navis) TERRA PLANA is an multi-purpose bed leveller vessel ( water injection/ploughboat) built under Bureau Veritas Class with a length overall of 39,5 mtr and beam off 12 mtr and design draft of 3.0 mtr so time to have a closer look at this high tech vessel equipped with heavy A-Frame at the stern and a heavy crane with a capacity of 10 tons at 20 mtr The TERRA PLANA is powered by 2 Caterpillar 746 Kw main engines each driving a 746 Kw Veth /Azimuth thruster