Cargo ship runs aground on north coast of St. Eustatius
ST. EUSTATIUS--Inter-island cargo vessel MV Sirena ran aground on the northern coast of the island of St. Eustatius late Thursday, at approximately 11:50. The vessel was sailing from the Port of Galisbay in French St. Martin and was heading to Martinique.
The vessel had general cargo on board in some 20 to 30 containers, as well as two vehicles, it was stated late Friday afternoon in a report issued by Statia’s Government Information Service (GIS).
“At the moment there is no indication of contamination from the vessel to the surrounding marine and land environment,” the statement read.
The ship’s owners, insurance company P&I and the authorities in Portugal have been notified. The Sirena sailed under the Portuguese flag as its home port is on Madeira.
Assessments are being carried out with regard to the vessel’s stability and the integrity of the hull.
The local authorities and Harbour Master, Shipping Inspectorate, Police, Immigration and Customs on Statia are following the developments closely, it was stated. Report with photo on https://www.thedailyheral...
Court to Weigh Fate of Vessel Stranded in Foreclosure Off Coast of Georgia
A hearing in federal court in Georgia on Monday will likely decide the fate of a bulk carrier floating off the Atlantic coast since April when a maritime foreclosure left the vessel and its Filipino crew in a watery limbo.
The NewLead Castellano, ferrying 24,000 metric tons of sugar from Singapore, was headed for the Port of Savannah this spring when it was seized by U.S. Marshals at the behest of offshore creditors of the ship’s Greece-based owner.
For nearly four months, the Liberian-flagged vessel has been stranded 3 miles from Tybee Island near Savannah, Ga., while a legal battle triggered by a mortgage default played out in court.
The sugar was unloaded months ago, and a handful of Greek crewmen were able to fly home. But a bare-bones crew of seafarers—13 Filipino officers and crewmen, a Romanian electrician and a Greek second engineer—has been stuck on board ever since, unable to disembark because they lacked visas to enter the U.S.
The crew, according to creditor lawyers, has killed time playing cards, surfing the internet and fishing off the deck of the red ship. They have relied on shipments of beef, lamb, ginger, celery, lemon grass and cabbage delivered to them on a launch boat. A local Catholic priest has also visited the vessel to hear confessions and offer Mass. www.wsj.com/artic...
Coast Guard: No pollution from twice-grounded Hong Kong ship
WARRENTON — The Coast Guard is responding to an incident involving a motor vessel that grounded in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington, Friday night.
The motor vessel Rosco Palm, a 751-foot Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship reportedly ran aground at 7:49 p.m. on Friday night, refloated, moved to a few miles upstream to mitigate collision risk and then grounded while at anchor on sand bottom while waiting for first light assessment.
The vessel has refloated with the tide at 7:40 a.m. and there is no indication of pollution being discharged, according to a Coast Guard statement Saturday morning. The vessel is transiting to an anchorage with pilot and tug assist. An MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew conducted an overflight of the vessel on Friday night and will conduct another overflight as weather conditions permit.
“We are fully engaged with our port partners to ensure we are responding to this event with the appropriate resources needed to minimize potential negative impacts to both natural resources and commerce” said Lt. Cmdr. Karen Denny, inspections division chief, Marine Safety Unit Portland. “We will continue to monitor the situation and respond as necessary with our partners from the Washington and Oregon along with local response teams.”
A Columbia River pilot is aboard the vessel and tugs are assisting the vessel transit upstream to verify the integrity of the hull and propulsion system.
The cause of the grounding is unknown at this time and will be investigated. Report with photo of grounded ship: www.chinookobserv...
Up to 52 tonnes of diesel spilled from grounded Transocean rig
The Transocean Winner rig which ran aground Monday night on the Scottish isle of Lewis might have spilled as much as 52 tonnes of fuel, according to Hugh Shaw, the UK government’s representative for maritime and salvage.
The semi-submersible rig lost its towline while being moved from Norway to Malta in very stormy conditions.
The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch has started an investigation into the tug, Alp Tomorrow’s loss of its tow and the subsequent grounding of the semi-submersible on the west coast of Lewis.
The rig had a total of around 280 tonnes of fuel onboard when it grounded.
Smit Salvage has been deployed to fix the situation and is waiting for weather conditions to improve before it starts salvage operations.
(Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
On August 9, 2016, the 81 meter long, 1786 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Med Star caught fire while berthed in Tripoli, Lebanon. The Med Star was preparing to depart for Turkey when fire was spotted by the crew. The fire quickly engulfed the ferry as the crew and local fire brigade attempted to extinguish it. Reports state the fire swept through the superstructure before it was brought under control. No reports of injuries, but the Med Star sustained significant damage. The source of the fire was not yet known.
Sormovskiy 3057 runs aground on St. Petersburg Sea Canal
The 119 meter long, 3853 dwt cargo vessel Sormovskiy 3057 ran aground on the St. Petersburg Sea Canal, Russia. The Sormovskiy 3057 departed from St. Petersburg for Gdynia with 2590 tons of steel when it struck bottom and went aground. A tug was dispatched and refloated the Sormovskiy 3057 a few hours later. The vessel returned to St. Petersburg to be inspected for damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
Cargo landing craft SIRENA ran aground on northern coast of St. Eustatius Island
Cargo landing craft SIRENA ran aground on northern coast of St. Eustatius Island, Caribbean Netherlands, at around 2350 LT Aug 11, while en route from Port of Galisbay, French St. Martin, to Martinique. Vessel has a cargo of 20-30 containers and 2 vehicles. No leak reported. As of 1200 UTC Aug 13, vessel was still aground, no news on salvage attempts or contracted salvage company.
No injuries after cruise ship strikes 2 other cruise ships
BOSTON (AP) — Nobody was injured after a cruise ship struck two other cruise ships that were stationed in the Boston Harbor.
The Coast Guard says it was notified just before 10:30 a.m. Saturday that the Boston Harbor Cruises ship Regency had run upon two other cruise ships belonging to the company. The ships were stationed at Long Wharf pier at the time.
The Coast Guard says Regency was returning to the pier with passengers when it suffered a mechanical failure and drifted into the two other ships, the Rookie and the Aurora. There were no passengers aboard the Rookie and the Aurora at the time.
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the incident remains under investigation. www.dailyprogress...
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines’ newest HERO-class Ro-Ro Thalatta has made its maiden voyage through the widened Panama Canal and started servicing key U.S. ports. The vessel was greeted at the Port of Hueneme earlier this month, and was the port’s first Post-Panamax ship.