The "Salamis", which rescued 102 migrants claiming to be Ethiopians and Eritreans two nights ago, remained drifting outside Maltese waters on Aug 6, 2013, as it refuses to head back to Libya. The Government last night sent a letter signed by the Attorney General to the local agent of the tanker, holding them responsible for any damages Malta may suffer. The tanker, which was carrying gasoil, picked up the migrants near Libya and disobeyed orders to turn back and take them to the closest safe port of call, which was in Libya, and instead headed on to its destination, which was Malta. The Mantinia Shipping was insisting the tanker was never instructed by the Italian, or any authority, to proceed to a Libyan port. On Aug 5 in the evening, it appealed to the Italian and Maltese authorities to urgently provide clear instructions for disembarkation of the rescued people, four of whom were pregnant and required medical assistance. According to the ship’s master, those rescued also include a baby and 20 women, one of them injured. In its letter, the Government called on the ship's master to proceed to that location which represented the nearest place of safety at the time of rescue and to make arrangements with the competent local authorities of that place to disembark the rescued persons without further delay. The "Salamis" picked up the migrants some 46.4 nautical miles off the Libyan coast and 140 nautical miles off Malta after it was requested to do so by the Italian authorities.
Maritime Coastguard Agency monitoring wrecksite after Prospect sank
The "Prospect" sank off Lerwick on Aug 5 after it had hit a rock at full speed just outside the main navigation channel at the port’s north entrance. All four crew were taken off the vessel after it became clear that it could not be saved. The Shetland Coastguard was alerted at 6.45 p.m. and the Lerwick lifeboat, the Lerwick harbour pilot boat "Knab", the Lerwick coastguard volunteers and the Sumburgh-based search and rescue helicopter were all tasked. The dive boat "Valkyrie" also assisted and provided a pump. The "Prospect" floated free of the rock on the rising tide and was towed out of the navigation channel by Lerwick lifeboat. However, the six pumps on board the vessel were unable to cope with the intake of water and the "Prospect" started to list to starboard and foundered bow first near Robbie Ramsay’s Baa shortly afterwards. Decisions were yet to be made regarding a salvage or recovery plan for the stricken vessel. The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Counter Pollution team were monitoring the situation. Prospect BF573 hit the rock entering Lerwick harbor.
On Aug 5, 2013, the Coast Guard medevaced two injured crew members from a vessel in the Pacific Ocean about 14 miles southwest of the mouth of the Columbia River. The two crew members had sustained burn injuries at about 10:40 a.m. The Coast Guard dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, in Warrenton, and a 25-foot Response Boat Small from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco to assist. The air crew safely hoisted the two men and transferred them to waiting Emergency Medical Service at Air Station Astoria, according to the Coast Guard. Their conditions and whereabouts were not immediately known in the afternoon.
The "Alexandros Theo" entered the Columbia River later in the afternoon.
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Hosco sells VLCC 'Great China' to greek owners for $109M
Hebei Ocean Shipping Co (Hosco) has sold two 297,376dwt VLCCs - Peace China and Grand China - to Greek owners. The price for each vessel is $109m. The two vessels were built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry in 2010 and 2011. The company has sold three VLCCs and one suezmax tanker from October last year. [06/08/13] (vor < 1 Min, von arnekiel )
Hebei Ocean Shipping Co (Hosco) sells 'Peace China' to greek owners
Hebei Ocean Shipping Co (Hosco) has sold two 297,376dwt VLCCs - Peace China and Grand China - to Greek owners. The price for each vessel is $109m. The two vessels were built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry in 2010 and 2011. The company has sold three VLCCs and one suezmax tanker from October last year. [06/08/13]
Family members of a former Greenwich resident who died under suspicious circumstances on a Royal Caribbean ship are supporting a new bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to increase transparency and accountability aboard cruise liners.
George Allen Smith IV's body was never recovered after he fell from his balcony into the Mediterranean Sea at the age of 26. But the gritty details of the mystery -- bloodstains on the ship's exterior, Smith's new wife Jennifer Hagel-Smith passed out in a ship corridor, the group of young men he was with the night he vanished -- captured national headlines in 2005. More to read at www.greenwichtime...
Vessel held under court order released, now sailing to Queensland
The New Giant, a bulk carrier held under arrest by a court order for nearly eight weeks at Gisborne, has been released and on Tuesday (August 6) left for Australia.
STX Pan Ocean, the ship's South Korean owners, went into receivership in mid-June and creditors obtained a High Court writ to seize the ship.
Several other ships the company owns were arrested in the same way at other ports around the world.
The New Giant was held at anchor in Poverty Bay.
A High Court official said negotiations between the owners and creditors successfully resolved their dispute and the arrest order was lifted.
New Giant and its crew of 20 are now sailing to Queensland to load a cargo of sugar.
Coast Guard transports 2 burned ship crew members to Astoria hospital
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A Coast Guard helicopter has transported two burned crew members from a cargo ship about 15 miles southwest of the mouth of the Columbia River.
The agency says the operator of the bulk cargo vessel Alexandros Theo called for help Monday morning (Aug. 5, 2013). The Coast Guard sent a helicopter crew from Astoria, Ore., and a response boat from Ilwaco, Wash. The two men were hoisted aboard the helicopter and flown to medics at the Coast Guard's Astoria air station. Coast Guard spokesman Zac Crawford in Seattle says the men did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
International Friendship Cup at the sail ships race for the 10th time in the history of its participation in sailing ships’ races. This came during the ceremony held on Sunday (August 4) in Poland on the occasion of the conclusion of the racing events in the presence of the state officials and members of the organising committee for the race, a crowd of Polish citizens, ships’ crews and visitors of various nationalities. It is the biggest prize, which is pursued by all 90 participating ships in the race, representing 16 countries, awarded to the best ship to strengthen relations of friendship and understanding between the ships’ crews. Shabab Oman also won an award for the ship, which travelled longer to the end of the race. The ship travelled, since sailing from Said bin Sultan Naval Base last April, 9,000 nautical miles and was daily visited by more than 7,000 people during its stay in ports, which comes under its 12th international voyage to Europe this year. Shabab Oman also won the communication award.
Fishing vessel Prospect BF573 hit the rock entering Lerwick harbor, Shetland Island, North sea, in the evening Aug 5 13, reported Shetland News. Hull was breached, vessel refloated by itself with the tide, but started to sink, with pumps unable to control water ingress. Lerwick lifeboat managed to tow BF573 off the channel, vessel sank shortly afterwards. Four crew was evacuated earlier, no injures reported. See photos, made by Malcolm Younger, at