US Navy destroyer Fitzgerald collides with containership off Japan
The U.S. guided missile destroyer Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel just southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time on Friday, according to a Navy news release.
In a brief written statement, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii said the Navy has requested assistance from the Japanese Coast Guard, the Associated Press reported. The statement said Friday that the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. A U.S. defense official said there is flooding in three compartments of the Fitzgerald and there were injuries.
Pacific Fleet said the extent of injuries and damage to the Fitzgerald are "being determined," and the incident is under investigation, according to the Associated Press. https://www.navytimes.com...
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A life raft was deployed during a crossing on board the "Manannan" on a crossing to Liverpool at 5.25 a.m. on June 12, 2017. Poor weather had meant changes to the schedule, so "Manannan" had left the Isle of Man for Liverpool at 2.20 a.m. The inflatable raft was activated by accident when the vessel docked at Liverpool quayside. A manual release line had been caught as the vessel berthed in rough seas, causing the raft to inflate. The "Manannan" had suffered some damage whilst berthing in heavy weather at Liverpool which exposed the manual release painter line of one of her life rafts which became caught on the berth’s fendering and triggered a manual release of the life raft. The life raft was checked and repacked and was expected back in service by June 15. The Isle of Man Ship Registry was aware of the situation and has confirmed approval for the "Manannan" to continue operating during the period the additional life raft was being repaired.
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The "Talon" was arrested by Greek authorities at Sfakia port for smuggling cigarettes. The authorities were tipped off and waited for the vessel to call at Sfakia Bay to offload the contraband cigarettes shipment. The tug with six Ukrainian crew members on board was en route from Montenegro to Lebanon. It was escorted to Heraklion for investigations.
The "Damia Desgagnes" ran aground in the early afternoon June 16, 2017, at 3 a.m. on the St. Lawrence River east of the Iroquois Lock. The tanker was sailing upstream bound from Montreal to Nanticoke. The grounding occurred because of a mechanical issue and the ship was resting against the side of the channel. No pollution and no injuries. The vessel currently had one tug on station and another tug was en route. Once the second tug has arrived, they pulled the vessel back into the channel. Until then, vessel traffic had been halted on the Seaway. There was a higher water flow, but the grounding had nothing to do with the high water flows.
Cablelay vessel sets new standards for environmentally friendly operation
June 2017 saw NKT Victoria, an advanced, purpose-built, fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly cable-laying vessel, start work
Originally ordered by ABB, NKT Victoria was delivered to NKT following the acquisition by the company of ABB’s high voltage cable business in 2016 and completed its first cable-laying campaign on Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ £1.1 billion Caithness-Moray transmission project in early June.
NKT held a naming ceremony for the innovative vessel in April 2017 at its power cable plant in Karlskrona, Sweden. The vessel, which was designed by Salt Ship Design in Norway and built by Kleven shipyard, incorporates extensive experience with offshore cable installation and will lay high-voltage offshore cables with a particularly high level of precision using its DP3 dynamic positioning system and a remotely operated vehicle with underwater cameras and sonar. www.osjonline.com...
The Mercantile Marine Department (MMD) has submitted an initial report to the Directorate General of Shipping citing the "Amber L" as the merchant ship involved in the collision with the fishing boat "Carmel Matha". The incident claimed the lives of two fishermen, with a third still missing.
To ensure the smooth and expeditious conduct of the detailed inquiry and also to protect the interest of the aggrieved, the Principal Officer, MMD, Kochi, has ordered the detention of the "Amber L" until further orders. At the time of the incident, Captain Georgiannakis Ioannis - a Greek national - was commanding the vessel while Second Officer Galanos Athanasios - also from Greece - was keeping navigational watch on the bridge and Zewana - a Myanmar national - was the designated Able Seaman. The approximate position of the collision was 14,18 nautical miles from the nearest land. The "Carmel Matha" had sailed out of the Thoppumpady harbour on June 9, and was fishing when the vessel rammed into it in the early hours of Sunday. The 14 fishermen on board, asleep at the time, were thrown overboard. They struggled for more than two hours in the deep sea. All but three of them were rescued by another boat, the "St Antony". Two bodies were recovered, while one fisherman - Moti Dhas from Assam - remained missing.
The MMD said, based on digital and physical evidence, it had prima facie concluded the "Amber L" was involved in the collision with the Indian fishing boat on June 11 at 2.23 a.m. off the Kerala coast. The causes and circumstances of the incident - along with the contributing factors, violations of national or international maritime laws, if any, professional lapses and human errors - were to be included in the final report to be submitted to the Centre.
A copy of the report was provided to the other agencies concerned, including the Kerala Police, said an official MMD release. The final report will also have details, including the extent of involvement of the vessels in the incident and the recommendations to avoid recurrence of such unfortunate incidents in the future.
The Fort Kochi Coastal Police have already registered a case under Sections 280 (rash navigation of vessel), 427 (mischief causing damage), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC.
The return of the "Tustumena" to service has been delayed again until Aug 15. The delay was due to repairs on the ferry taking longer than expected. She was in for scheduled repairs late this spring and was undergoing inspection during which areas were found where the steel had not the required thickness anymore due to rusting and pocking. A vessel to replace the "Tustumena" has been designed but funding was awaiting a vote on the state budget. If funding is approved construction would take five to six years.