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 Independence Of Seas  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
216 days ago by Timsen

Young man jumped over board
In the early morning of Dec 22, 2016, a 22 year old passenger jumped over board from deck 12 of the "Independence of the Seas" 33 miles SE of Key Largo. The crew reported the incident immediately and launched a search jointly with the US Coastguard. The man seemed to have committed suicide. Watch standers with the Coast Guard Sector Key West command center received notification from the "Independence of the Seas" at 1:49 a.m. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, an Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew, a Station Islamorada boat crew and the CG Cutter "Margaret Norvell" were assisting in the search. The cruise ship since berthed in Fort Lauderdale.

 Quiddity  (Other)
216 days ago by Timsen

Yacht washed ashore in Indonesia
The "Quiddity" was washed ashore in stormy weather in the Savu Sea,on a beach in Tedis Kupang, Nusa Tenngara Timur on Dec 22, 2016. The crew was planning to reach Pulau Komodo island in East Nusa Tenggara for sightseeing. All five were rescued by local fishermen. The yacht should be salvaged and towed to the nearest port or marina, when the weather permitted.

 Maersk Searcher  (Offshore Vessel > Offshore Support Vessel)
216 days ago by Timsen

Two supply ships sank enroute to breakers
Two ships of the Maersk Supply Service - the "Maersk Shipper" and "Maersk Searcher" have sunk in the Bay of Biscay 60 nautical miles off the French coast on Dec 22, 2016. They were under tow of a third Maersk ship - the "Maersk Battler" - when they broke lose and foundered. The "Maersk Shipper" suffered water ingress and sank at 1.55 a.m. on a water depth of 140 meters in position 48 05N 006 24W, about 80 miles west of Brest in calm wind conditions with swells of 8-12 feet. The "Maersk Searcher" first remained under tow, but then also sank on a water depth of 155 meters at 06.33 a.m. in position 48 01N 006 37W, 87 miles west of Brest. No one was injured in the accident, the ships had no pollutants such as fuel or lubricants on board. However, the French authorities have been informed accordingly. Both ships were under tow to Turkey to be scrapped. A flight of a marine surveillance aircraft Falcon 50 from the Navy tok off in the afternoon to confirm the absence of debris and traces of pollution. Two Urgent Notices to Navigators (AVURNAV) were issued regarding the announced shipwreck positions. The Maritime Prefecture of the Atlantic will ask the shipowner to provide the towing certificates and the green passports of the two ships to verify that these wrecks posed no risk to the environment, and an action plan to locate the two wrecks in order to prevent any subsequent risk for fishermen. If the two hulls are empty and depolluted, the ships will not be salvaged. Since February they had been lying idle in the port of Fredericia, along with four other ships of Maersk Supply Ships. The "Maersk Battler" with its crew of 10 has meanwhile left the scene of the accident and was en route to Gibraltar, ETA Dec 29. Since the summer, the company has sold ten of its ships, while the goal was to reach a total of 20 disposals. So far, the company has disposed of the "Maersk Supplier", "Maersk Seeker", "Maersk Beater", "Maersk Chancellor", "Maersk Fighter", "Maersk Feeder", "Maersk Finder", "Maersk Puncher", "Maersk Provider" and "Maersk Forwarder". Danish reports with photos: www.maritimedanma... www.maritimedanma...

 Maersk Shipper  (Offshore Vessel > Offshore Tug Supply Ship)
216 days ago by Timsen

Two supply ships sank enroute to breakers
Two ships of the Maersk Supply Service - the "Maersk Shipper" and "Maersk Searcher" have sunk in the Bay of Biscay 60 nautical miles off the French coast in the night of Dec 21, 2016. They were under tow of a third Maersk ship - the "Maersk Battler" - when they broke lose and foundered in calm wind conditions with swells of 8-12 feet. The "Maersk Shipper" uffered water ingress and sank at 1.55 a.m. in position 48 05N 006 24W, about 80 nm west of Brest in the Celtic Sea. The "Maersk Searcher" first remained under tow, but then also sank on a water depth of 155 meters at 06.33 a.m. in position 48 01N 006 37W, 87 miles west of Brest. No one was injured in the accident, the ships had no pollutants such as fuel or lubricants on board. However, the French authorities have been informed accordingly. Both ships were under tow to Turkey to be scrapped. A flight of a marine surveillance aircraft Falcon 50 from the Navy tok off in the afternoon to confirm the absence of debris and traces of pollution. Two Urgent Notices to Navigators (AVURNAV) were issued regarding the announced shipwreck positions. The Maritime Prefecture of the Atlantic will ask the shipowner to provide the towing certificates and the green passports of the two ships to verify that these wrecks posed no risk to the environment, and an action plan to locate the two wrecks in order to prevent any subsequent risk for fishermen. If the two hulls are empty and depolluted, the ships will not be salvaged. Since February they had been lying idle in the port of Fredericia, along with four other ships of Maersk Supply Ships. The "Maersk Battler" with its crew of 10 has meanwhile left the scene of the accident and was en route to Gibraltar, ETA Dec 29. Since the summer, the company has sold ten of its ships, while the goal was to reach a total of 20 disposals. So far, the company has disposed of the "Maersk Supplier", "Maersk Seeker", "Maersk Beater", "Maersk Chancellor", "Maersk Fighter", "Maersk Feeder", "Maersk Finder", "Maersk Puncher", "Maersk Provider" and "Maersk Forwarder". Danish reports with photos: www.maritimedanma... www.maritimedanma...

 M T Rain  (Gas Tanker > Lpg Tanker)
216 days ago by Timsen

Fire on tanker at Gadani Beach
On the "Rain", currently beached at the Ship-Breakers Association Deewan Rizwan in Gadani Beach in Balochistan's Lasbela District at plot No. 60 a fire broke out following an explosion on Dec 21, 2016. Dense plumes of fumes emerged, and fire brigade and rescue teams were deployed from Karachi. They managed to take off four workers with an unknown numer remaining on board, who were estimated to be around 100. The ship obviously had not been cleaned from oil before welding work started. Report with photos: nation.com.pk/nat... aaj.tv/2016/12/fi... https://www.geo.tv/latest...

 Celina Star  (Container Ship)
216 days ago by Timsen

Repairs of collision damage completed
The "Celina Star" after her collision with the Liberian tank m/v "UACC Shams" (IMO: 9428360), in the Bay of Algeciras on Nov 20, left the port of Piräus after repairs on Dec 21 and headed to Tanger-Med as next port of call, ETA Dec 26.

 Ievoli Black  (Offshore Vessel > Offshore Tug Supply Ship)
216 days ago by Timsen

MCA signed contract for emergency towage
The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has signed an agreement with Ardent for emergency towage off the north and north-western coasts of Scotland. The "Ievoli Black" is due to arrive on station at Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands Dec 31, 2016, where it will relieve the current ETV "Herakles".

 Flag Mette  (Bulk Carrier)
216 days ago by Timsen

Disabled bulkcarrier towed to Douarnenez
The "Flag Mette", coming from Port Kamsar, arrived in the Bay of Douarnenez in the mid-afternoon of Dec 21, 2016, under tow of the emergency tug "Abeille-Bourbon". The ship had suffered propulsion failure in the night of Dec 20 off Ouessant. The tug was deployed from Brest at 8.30 p.m. and established a towing connection on Dec 21 at 4 a.m. After the bulkcarrier was safely moored, the "Abeille Bourbon" returned to its base at 3 p.m. The tug "Bremen Fighter" took the ship in tow to Stade/Bützfleth, ETA Dec 27.

 MF Utne  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
216 days ago by Timsen

Ferry repeatedly sidelined due to inclement weather
The ferry service Fedje-Sævrøy was interrupted again on Dec 20, 2016, as the "Utne" which was currently replacing the "Fedjefjord" which is still under repair in bergen following her grounding in November had to stay at the quay in Fedje due to inclement weather. The last sailing was at 3.50 p.m., and after the service was resumed timewise on Dec 21, it had to be shut down again on Dec 22 due to the storm with 21 m/sec wind speed. The replacement ferry is less robust and more open boat than the "Fedjefjord", so the master decided to stay in port for safety reasons. The "Fedjefjord" was expected to be back on track in the middle of January. Norled first had expected that new propellers would only be ready in April, but now found out that they have some in reserve that could be used. They arrived at the repair yard in Bergen on Dec 21. They were not completely equal, but similar enough that they could be used.

 Stiro  (General Cargo Ship)
216 days ago by Timsen

High voltage cable torn down during lightering of grounded barge
The "Stiro", 2084 ts (EU-No.: 02315076), ran aground in an excavator hole at the Rhine between Voerde and Rheinberg in the evening of Dec 20, 2016. The ship, which was loaded with gravel, got stuck when entering the hole at Götterswickerhamm. It had to be lightered to get off again. A crane barge arrived in the morning of Dec 21 and removed about 250 tons of the gravel from the cargo hold to reduce the draught. At 9.34 a.m. the crane boom touched a high voltage cable, and one of the leading cables of the 220-KV line Wesel-East broke, another was damaged. In addition, a cable of the power operator Westnetz was severely damaged. The torn cable landed on the banks of both Rhine sides at Voerde and Rheinberg. Employees of cable operator Amprion had to take precautions as the torn cable caused a loss of the pre-existing counter-tension on the mast. The forces had to be compensated. Therefore, ropes were attached to the masts and anchored in the ground. The work lasted until the late evening of Dec 21. The demolished cable was to be replaced by Amprion until Dec 23. During the work the ship traffic must be blocked. The incident had no further consequences for the electricity supply in the region. The resulting damage was in the 6-digit range. German report with photo: www.rp-online.de/...


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