South Korean freighter Evangeli was arrested on July 31 13 in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, following a claim made by South Korean bunkering company, reported Sri Lankan newspaper Times Online. Vessel loaded with 10,000 tons of granite arrived to Trincomalee on July 18 for bunkering. Koeran bunkering company meanwhile, hired a law firm in Colombo, which managed to get an arrest warrant. The 18 crew wasn’t paid for the last three months, added newspaper.
The crews of the "Short Sea" has been stranded on the detached mole in Gibraltar since May 5, 2013, whilst their owners go through company insolvency issues.The vessel was are part of a trio of ships affected by the insolvency of German company, Seavoss Schiffahrt GmbH & Co, with the third ship currently stranded in Morocco. The men working on board these ships have not been paid since February, with one crew member not being paid since December last year. The Seavoss Schiffahrt GmbH & Co, did not respond to their emails, phone calls and questions. They were simply being ignored. The seven crewmembers on-board the "Short Sea" were not covered by any insurance as the company’s insurance on the vessel and the crew expired a month ago.
The captains of both ships became more concerned about their welfare when one vessel endured nine days without fresh water and a couple of days without food. Thanks to local agent Tarik Shipping Agency and Bunkering the men have received fresh supplies. Using a rescue boat to get ashore the men now have access to other essentials not provided by Tarik Shipping. However, with no income essentials were becoming more difficult for their families back home to acquire. All of the crew members can come ashore in Gibraltar, but some do not have the correct travel documents to enter Spain. In June, all communications to the vessels were cut due to non-payment of bills, leaving the men with no access to the internet or phone line. Most of the crew have completed their contracts and were not able to leave the ships because of unpaid wages and repatriations. So far, we have sent many e-mails to the company, liquidator and bank with questions about the insurance on board, fresh water and food supply as well outstanding wages and repatriations. Including the time when they were working and being paid, some of the men have been on-board for nine to 14 months. That means some crew members have not been home or seen their family in 14 months.
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The crews of the "Ardesco" has been stranded in Gibraltar since June 6, 2013, whilst their owners go through company insolvency issues. The vessel was part of a trio of ships affected by the insolvency of German company, Seavoss Schiffahrt GmbH & Co. The men working on board the ship have not been paid since February, with one crew member not being paid since December last year. According to Captain Rosic no one from Seavoss Schiffahrt GmbH & Co, responded to their emails, phone calls and questions. They were simply being ignored.The eight on board "Ardesco"were not covered by any insurance as the company’s insurance on the vessel and the crew expired a month ago. Thanks to local agent Tarik Shipping Agency and Bunkering the men have received fresh supplies. Using a rescue boat to get ashore the men now have access to other essentials not provided by Tarik Shipping. All of the crew members can come ashore in Gibraltar, but some do not have the correct travel documents to enter Spain. In June, all communications to the vessels were cut due to non-payment of bills, leaving the men with no access to the internet or phone line. CThe men were using their own phones to send emails and keep up communications with their worried families. Most of the crew have completed their contracts and were not able to
leave the ships because of unpaid wages and repatriations. Some crew members have not been home or seen their family in 14 months.
The ship's bell and compass were among the items stolen in a dastardly raid on the wreck of the "Astrid". Owner of the brigg, Pieter De Kam. said that while he was eternally grateful to the Irish people for the rescue of all 30 crew on board, he was not grateful to whatever Irish people have gone aboard his ship and stolen his compass, his bell and his binnacle. It appeared the thieves slipped in by nightfall at low tide in the night of July 27 to grab their ill-gotten loot.
On July 29, 2013, a crewmember was medevaced in critical condition from the "Trans Iberia" in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 30 miles off the Matagorda Jetties. Because he was unconscious at the time, the CG had to use a rescue litter, a specially designed stretcher with which they were able to hoist with using the helicopter. The crew of the tanker had contacted Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders at 4:16 p.m. to request assistance for a 57-year-old man with medical concerns. A Coast Guard flight surgeon spoke with the ship’s captain and determined the man had a possible heart attack and required immediate medical transport. The watchstanders launched a crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter at 5:05 p.m. and they arrived on scene at 5:40 p.m. They hoisted the ailing crewman and delivered him to the Citizens Medical Center in Victoria.
Since July 3 the "MOL Courage" is enstrengthened at the Benoi Shipyard in Singapore as a consequence of the "MOL Comfort" desaster. The "MOL Courage" was due to return to Mitsui OSK Lines on the LP1 loop from Singapore on Aug 13 August, while the "MOL Celebration", which was undergoing the same rebuilding, was expected to rejoin the LP1 from Vung Tau on Aug 23. Also the sister ships "MOL Creation", "MOL Charisma" and "MOL Competence", all built between 2007 and 2008, and "MOL Commitment" delivered in 2013, will be rebuilt. The "MOL Competence" will be sent to dock later this week, while the "MOL Commitment" was still awaiting vacant yard capacity.
On July 29, 2013, a simple towing assistance sturned into a difficult situation, after suddenly smoke emerged from the engine room of the "Op Hoop van Zegen" in the afternoon at buoy VS3 off Vlieland. The local KNRM-station had been asked by the Coastguard to assist the flat bottom boat after its engine had conked out, and the barge drifted towards the shallows with 14 passengers on board. Both the lifeboats "De Graaf van Bylandt" as the "Hubert Dijkstra" went to assist. The master of the flat bottom boat asked to be towed to the marina of Vlieland. The towing connection was fixed quickly and within a few minutes the marina was in sight. However, quite suddenly appeared a smoke plume at the back. When the smoke persisted, the KNRM decided in consultation with the skipper of the barge to alert the fire brigade Vlieland. The port authority of Vlieland conducted all auxiliaries to the harbor approach, and requested the KNRM to berthe the barge here. Once at the harborall 14 guests were disembarked, and the fire brigade could investigate the cause of the smoke. It was dound out that the smoke was caused by two leaky fuel injectors and a broken fuel hose. The next morning a technician was sent by the company to repair the damage.
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Offshore supplier with 12 persons on board suffered water ingress off Borkum
On July 29, 2013, the "ASP Tyne" suffered water ingress while underway to the offshore windpark Borkum. The lifeboat "Alfried Krupp“ of the DGzRS-station Borkum was requested to assist by the Dutch MRCC at 10.30 a.m. The crew of the "ASP Tyne" was able to cope with the flooding with its own pumps, but the captain of the ship, which was carrying 12 persons at that time, immediately turned around and headed for the approaching lifeboat. After the ships rendezvoused, the "Alfried Krupp" escorted the supply boat until it reached the port of Eemshaven. Due to its reduced manoeverability the lifeboat took the "ASP Tyne" in tow off the port and safely moored it. At 3.20 p.m. the "Alfried Krupp" returned to its station.
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Tug, lifeboat and anti pollution vessel sent to grounded tanker
After the "Meteora" ran aground on July 30 at 7.35 p.m. north of Bozcaada the Turkish Coast Guard immediately sent the tug "Kurtarma 2" and the liefeboat "Kıyı Emniyeti 3". As a precaution also the anti pollution vessel "Tahlisiye II" was dispatched. The ship which has a draught of nine meters had sailed from Agioi Theodoroi Port on July 28 being bound for Poti. It has on board a crew of 25.
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