The "Eugen Maersk" was hit by a fire in three containers on June 18, 2013, while the ship was transiting the Gulf of Aden, bound for Port Said. No one was injured in the fire, and it has now been extinguished. The ship's crew immediately began to fight the fire to prevent it from spreading further. The ship dropped anchor next to Djibouti at 12:40 local time on June 19 morning. A tug with fire-fighting equipment assisted in fighting the fire, which was extinguished at 9:00 a.m. LT. The "Eugen Maersk docked at Doraleh Container Terminalnow in the port of Djibouti at 10.40 a.m., where the containers affected by the fire were to be removed from the ship. Subsequently, the "Eugen Maersk" was expected to continue its voyage from Jebel Ali to Port Said 1 - 2 days late.
According to the ship's papers the burnt-out containers did not contain hazardous goods, but common household items. An expert was examining the gutted containers to find the cause of the fire.
A crew member of the "Sure Progress" was seriously injured in an accident on board the ship which was near the offshore wind farm Brokum West II in the night of June 18, 2013. The MRCC Bremen of the DGzRS coordinated the retrieval of the man and ordered a Sea King of the German Navy for this purpose with a medical on board. The man was hoisted about 25 nautical miles north of Borkum and tranferred to a hospital in Oldenburg. The fire brigade Norden lighted the landing place there.
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Anchor of luxury yacht cut off Formentera from the www
Formentera was cut off from the world wide web on June 16, 2013, after the anchoring yacht "Dwinger" damaged the fiber glass cable. Ship and crew are currently in the port of Torrevieja and may actually not leave. Further investigations of the Port Authority will now show whether it was the fault of the crew, that the cable of the telephone company Telefonica, which connects Ibiza with Formentera, has been damaged. It was already clear that the seven-member crew threw the anchor in an area where it was strictly prohibited. The damaged area is just over a mile from the coast and has a water depth of 20 to 30 meters. Telefónica and a team of technicians, which had to come from Dénia were working on the solution of the problem. On June 19 about 20 percent of internet users were connected again thanks to a wireless connection is surfing the net. The company anticipates that the damage would be fixed in the course of the day. The lack of internet has caused a standstill of the island's economy, because with the exception of Crédito Balear and La Caixa, which have their own systems, not even the ATM operated. . In addition, customers could not pay with credit cards and online hotel bookings incurred could not be confirmed.
Highland Chief saved six castaways one week after loss of their ship
On June 16, 2013, at 4.10 p.m. the "Highland Chief" saved the crew of the landing craft "Global Lesterie" which had sunk on June 9 after 98 Tubi logs had shifted, leaving its crew a week drifting at sea. They were located 38 nautical miles southwest of Mary Islands behind Russell Islands in the afternoon by the container ship which was traveling from Honiara to Jakarta, and taken back to Honiara. The castaways had drifted in a life raft for about a week after their ship sank during bad weather between Isabel and Savo. Following reports of the missing boat, a search and rescue mission was launched involving the Solomon Islands maritime safety administration (SIMSA) and Australian Maritime Search Authority (AMSA). However, the search failed to locate the crew. On June 16 - the day the crews were rescued SIMSA said the search was scaled down. The survivors arrived at the Point Cruz Aola Patrol boat base Mbokona Bay on June 18 at 1 a.m. and were transferred to the National Referral Hospital (NRH) upon their arrival. They were found in good health condition and meanwhile discharged.
The "Scillonian" operating between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly on June 14, 2013, assisted a distressed yacht and circled it until the arrival of the RNLI boat from Penlee so the crew onboard the yacht knew help was coming. The boat had suffered engine failure in stormy conditions off West Cornwall. The crew of three had been caught in heavy seas and strong winds and one had suffered an arm injury. The Penlee RNLI all-weather lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" launched to the position four miles south of Pemberth after the crew onboard the yacht reported the engine had failed and they were unable to sail in the poor weather conditions. On arrival at the scene and with the lifeboat crew unable to see the vessel it was then reported that the boat was actually four miles to the west of the original position given. With 35 to 40 knot winds and a four metre swell it was too poor to transfer the yacht crew to the lifeboat, so the vessel was taken in tow. The weather conditions were getting worse all the time and the seas were beam on making it very uncomfortable with both the lifeboat and the yacht rolling a lot. We were very concerned about the injured sailor as the person deteriorated during the journey and began to show signs of hypothermia. As soon as it was safe, the RNLI-boat rafted the yacht alongside and gave first aid support. The person was then transferred to the care of waiting paramedics when arriving in Newlyn.
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Best Oasis Ltd. to fund expenses for arrested tanker
The company Best Oasis Ltd. from Hong Kong, which is interested in purchasing the "Pratibha Indrayani" has to fund expenses of the "Pratibha Indrayani" for two weeks, including fuel and crew wages. The Bombay High Court has told the Indian Register of Shipping to carry out a survey of the "Pratibha Indrayani" and submit a report if the vessel can be towed to a safe anchorage or needs to be beached. The "Pratibha Indrayani", belonging to the Pratibha Shipping Co Ltd, has been anchored 11 nautical miles off Mumbai since December 2012 after it was arrested.
Drift of tanker stopped 1,5 miles off the nearest coast
The Bombay high court on June 18 gave its nod to the rescue of the "Pratibha Tapi", which was drifting close to the Mumbai coast after being set adrift due to monsoon conditions. It appeared that the "Pratibha Tapi" has drifted to a position of about 1.5 nautical miles from the coast of Madh Island. In light of these emergent circumstances, there was an urgent requirement by the use of tow vessels to move the vessel to a safe place with the help of all necessary machinery and equipment and resources required. The court has allowed Best Oasis Limited from Hong Kong, which was interested in purchasing the vessel, to fund two tugs which were to align themselves alongside Pratibha Tapi to keep it afloat and take it to the outer anchorage of Mumbai Port. They would continue to be alongside the vessel to restrain it from dragging ashore. BOL has to submit a plan to tow the vessel to Alang or Bhavnagar. The "Pratibha Tapi" was two-and-a-half kilometres from the Madh shore but since 48 hours there has been no sign of drifting. The vessel remained in still position after lowering the second anchor. A tug of the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has roped the drifted vessel with it so that there will be no further movement. The shipping company officials were trying to repair the hydraulic machine to start the engine before carrying out salvage operations. A watch was kept by Indian Navy and Coast Guard ships. The tugs which were to keep the vessel afloat charged $25,000 per day.
Ferry sailings cancelled until safety standards are met again
The management of 2GO Group, which operates the "St. Gregory the Great" has decided to cancel the remaining voyages of the vessel after a portion of its underwater starboard hull was damaged on June 15. It sustained long scratches and small punctures while traversing the narrow channel along Iloilo Strait and the vessel was not due to sail until maximum compliance with safety standards have been done. 2GO Group clarified reports that the vessel nearly capsized and stated, it had encountered a minor incident 45 minutes before safely docking at the Port of Iloilo and that there were no incidences of passenger panic on board the vessel.
Charges against eight of 15 Russian sailors in Nigeria abandoned
A Nigerian court on June 18, 2013, acquitted eight of 15 Russian sailors of the "Myre Seadiver" which were arrested in October 2012 in the port of Lagos, being accused of possessing weapons illegally. The charges against eight defendants were abandoned after their withdrawal by the prosecution by the Federal High Court during a hearing in Lagos. Seven Russian sailors will be in court later in the week. On Oct 19, 2013, the "Myre Seadiver" entered the port of Lagos to refuel and repair. The ship was carrying a number of arms and ammunition which had been officially declared. The Nigerian authorities had been notified in due form. However, the "Myre Seadiver" was detained in the port for the reason that its presence in the territorial waters of Nigeria was illegal. Its 15 crew members were suspected of arms smuggling and arrested. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hoped that the court also would withdraw the charges against the seven other sailors to end this affair.
FSL Trust Management On June 17 has demanded that two of its two crude oil tankers, Aqua and Action, be redelivered by Geden Holdings Ltd who has defaulted on lease payments. Geden have failed to pay the agreed lease payments despite being in restructuring talks with FSL over many months. FSL intends to deploy the vessels in the spot market for the short term.