The "Melbourne Strait" suffered a fire on board on Jan 29, 2016. The vessel was docked in the port of La Guaira. The fire in cargo hold 1 could be extinguished by firefighting teams. The vessel arrived at La Guaira on Jan 28 coming from Willemstad.
On Jan 29, 2016, a substantial amount of oil leaked overboard from the "Jongleur" in Porto Vesme, Sardinia. Anemergency anti pollution plan has been activated, and the vessel was surrounded by booms. The authorities suspect crew negligence, an investigation was under way. The ship had arrived in port on Jan 28 in order to load a cargo of lead ingots.
On Jan 29, 2016, the "Quo Vadis" was disabled off Myre. The lifeboat "Knut Hoem" was called to assist and pulled the vessel to port in rough seas.
Distress call and drifting life raft caused SAR operation
On Jan 29, 2016, the Dutch Coastguard was alerted by a distress call from the Northsea reporting an unknown sinking ship. Short time later the "Gan Canaria Car" reported to have found a life raft 11 miles NW of Texel. The ship was enroute from Grimsby to Emden. The Coastguard alerted the lifeboats "Beursplein 5" from the KNRM Station De Cocksdorp and "Joke Dijkstra" from Den Helder, the "Zr.Ms. Zeeland" of the Dutch Navy and the Coast Guard vessel "President Hubert" and an SAR helicopter. About an hour later a call was received with the words: "We are not sinking". A diver was dropped off from the SAR-helicopter and it turned out that the 8-person-raft was empty. Then came the message from a standby vessel in the vicinity that they had lost a life raft. Controls of the Vessel Tracking System showed the Coastguard centre that no ships were missing, and the decision was made to terminate the search. The Coast Guard could not find out where the VHF calls had come from. The "Joke Dijkstra" recovered the life raft and taken to the port of Den Helder, where the liferaft was transferred to a ship of the same company as the standby vessel.
Dutch report with photos: