Hearings into sinking of trawler to start in December
The U.S. Coast Guard was still trying to figure out why the engine room of the "Alaska Juris" flooded, forcing 46 crewmembers to abandon ship near Kiska Island. Lt. Rven Garcia was leading the investigations division for Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. Investigators have scheduled two weeks of public hearings in Seattle to determine why the trawler went down. Since the sinking, the investigation team has identified witnesses and developed theories as to what caused it. The hearing is a kind of public forum to interview those witnesses and fully explore those theories which won't be made public until the hearings in December. Neither will the names of the witnesses. If investigators find the flooding was caused by human error or wrongdoing, the Coast Guard can impose fines or take action against mariners' credentials. It was thought to be hard to predict how much the investigation could reveal, because the sunken vessel could not be investigated. The witness testimonies were going to be really important for this case to get an insight as to what the condition of the ship was and what the overall work climate was. The hearings will begin on Dec. 5, 2016. The Coast Guard was working to finish the investigation by July 2017.
The "Flinterdijk" with its crew of nine has been seized after its arrival at the quay St. Bernard in the port of Bayonne on Oct 21, 2016, for unpaid debts. Its parent company, the Flinter shipping group, went into bankruptcy last week. The nine sailors were waiting for guarantees for the payment of their wages which have not been paid for 1,5 months. Aboard were three Russians, one Ukrainian and five Filipinos. Some have not seen their families for 10 months.
French report with photo:
On Nov 13, 2016, the Norwegian patrol boat "Harstad" assisted the "Melkart 3" which had got the propeller fouled by a rope when cod fishing off Svalbard. The ship was riding out two storms with wave heights up to eight meters in the Fisheries Protection Zone around Svalbard. The ship was taken in tow and proceeded with 1,5 knots to the Norwegian coast. The Coast Guard initially considered to pull the trawler to Longyearbyen, but since there were limited resources to assist the trawler, they chose to head towards Norway. AFter a tow of 340 miles the offshore supplier "NSO Crusader" (IMO: 8224470), which was deployed from Hammerfest, took over in the morning of Nov 17. The convoy was heading towards Honningsvåg, arriving there at 6.30 p.m. the trawler left the port of Honningsvåg port on Nov 19 at 2.20 a.m. and headed back to fishing grounds in the Norwegian Sea.
Norwegian report with photos:
On Nov 16, 2016,the "Tradisi 8" capsized in the Dock Marina in Gresik when abouat to enter a floating dock. The ship leaned over to starboard side and then sank with the port side remaining above the water. One crew member was missing, and divers of the Navy Task Force EFQR-V were deployed to search the sunk vessel. They were supported by personnel of the ports Gresik, Tanjung Perak, Basarnas and the Indonesia Marina Shipyard Dwi Yudo. Their work was, however, hampered by the strong currents, so there remained little hope to find the victim alive.
Indonesian reports with photos:
Indonesian reports with photos:
Coming from Santos, the "MSC Barbara" ran aground on Nov 16, 2016, at 06.20 a.m. while approaching the Sao Joaqium terminal at Salvador da Bahia. With 14.5 meter draft she got stuck at 12 meters water depth during the low tide. The vessel was refloated seven hours later around 6 p.m. and docked at the Sao Joaqium Terminal. On Nov 17 at 7.25 a.m. she moored on the Salvador BRA anchorage.
On Nov 16, 2016, at 10.56 p.m. the "K. Dadayli" suffered engine failure transiting the Bosporus in northbound direction enroute from Mersin to Varna shortly after passing the second Bosporus Bridge. The Instanbul Vessel Traffic Service immediately dispatched the tug "Kurtarma 3" and the "Kiyem 3" to assist. The unloaded ship with its crew of 12 was taken in tow and safely moored off Büyükdere at 12.35 a.m. She berthed at Tuzla on Nov 18 around 4 a.m., remaining there since.
Turkish report with photo:
ISLAMABAD: A cabinet minister has conceded that smuggled lubricants and petroleum products were to blame for the deadly ship as the fed the blaze on the decommissioned Japanese vessel for four days.
Officially, 26 labourers were killed and more than 50 wounded when a series of explosions onboard 24,000-ton MT Aces triggered a huge fire on Nov 1. Unofficially however, the death toll has been much higher.
“A huge quantity of lubricants smuggled by the ship owner had caught fire due to mishandling of work managers,” Ports and Shipping Minister Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo told The Express Tribune. “According to the Customs rules and regulations, decommissioned vessels are only allowed to carry a fixed quantity of oil required for their voyage from a port of departure to Gadani shipbreaking yard in Pakistan,” he added. tribune.com.pk/st...