On Feb 8 the "Aratere" departed from Wellington for drydock repairs at the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore where a new starboard shaft will be installed. While in drydock, the ship's port shaft will be inspected and, if appropriate, also replaced. The "Aratere" was expected tp be back in service, all going well, by early May. KiwiRail estimated the "Aratere"'s broken propeller shaft could cost the company up to $30 million. Lost revenue, resulting from the ferry being on limited sailings since Nov 5, 2013, cost the company about $16.4 million. Additional costs, which included the charter of the "Stena Alegra", were estimated to be about $9.6 million. The company had calculated that revenue generated by chartering the "Stena Alegra" would cover the cost of the charter. The investigation into the cause of the starboard propeller loss outside Tory Channel was still underway.
Damaged supplier safe in El Ferrol after complicated tow
When the Spanish salvage tug "SAR Gavia" with the "Esnaad 715" in tow on Feb 8 approached a position off La Coruna, also the tug "Ibaizabal Nueve" (IMO: 9546667) set sail for the convoy. Shoprt before reaching the safety of a port, the vessel finally almost grounded off the coast of Ares when entering the vicinity of the outer port of Ferrol in strong waves. At 6 p.m. the towing wire had to be shortened at the entrance to the estuary from 700 to 200 meters, but winds of 35 knots and waves of seven meters height caused the cabble to break repeatedly. The "Ibaizábal 9" several times had to reestablish the towing Connection and finally succeeded about 360 meters off the tip of Segaño. Besides the "SAR Gavia" and "Ibaizábal 9" also the "Ibaizábal 5", "Eliseo Vasquez" and the Helimer 209 helicopter attended. It was 8 p.m. when the disabled ship was finally docked at the Fernández Ladreda Pier in the commercial port of Ferrol.
Spanish reports with photos:
A cocaine haul worth 4 million Pounds was found on board the "Athens" which was bound for Britain. The 75 kilos of the class A drug were found inside three suitcases in an engine room. More than 20 crew members have been quizzed but state prosecutors said at this stage none have been arrested and there was no evidence at the moment linking them to the find. Sniffer dogs uncovered the drugs near Santa Marta around 400 miles north of the Colombian capital Bogota after a tip-off. It was preparing to load coal after arriving from Rotterdam. The local coastguard chief thought that the ship had been contaminated with the drugs while waiting at sea to enter port.
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On Feb 8, 2014, the "Strait View", carrying 1,300 tons of soybean oil, with 13 crew members on board suffered engine damage south of the Pointe Saint Mathieu. The vessel, which had left the Gladstone Dock in Liverpool on Feb 5, requested towing assistance on Feb 8 at 2:15 a.m. The French offshore supplier "Alcyon" (IMO: 8104228), which at that time was at anchor in Camaret, proceeded to take the ship in tow The "Strait View" was pulled toward Brest in winds of 30 knots and waves of five meters height and reached the anchorage in the morning of Feb 9.
At around 02.45 a.m. on Feb 1, 2014, the "BSS Pride" was attacked by pirates in the Rupat Strait, which is separating Rupat Island from Sumatra, odin.tc reports. The tanker was underway en route to Dumai port. The pirates approached the vessel on a boat and climbed on board using a bamboo ladder. They assaulted two people on watch in the engine room, the Ukrainian Udalyakh Andry and the Filipino Montalban, and forced them to take the pirates to storage area. The pirates stole packaged spare parts worth $20,500, and fled.
Master and chief of supply ship taken hostage by pirates
Pirates attacked and boarded the "Mariner Sea", which was under way off the Bayelsa coast, at around 0900 a.m. on Feb 6, 2014. They directed the vessel towards the coastline and left her in position 03 49N 005 43E, taking with them the captain and chief engineer.
the Bulgarian patrol boat "Enterprise" was sent from Balgarskiyat to monitor the sinking site of the "Elland", 1988 gt (IMO: 8111788), which had sunk on Feb 8 on position 43 43N 28 45E off Durankulak on a water depth of 50 meters. On Feb 7 at 10:30 p.m. an engine black-out occurred aboard the "Elland" which had been en route from Constanta, where it had sailed on Feb 7 at 2.40 p.m., to Izmir. The ship, being loaded with plywood, was anchored to rectifie the situation. Howver, it developed a list of first 15 degress to starboard after the cargo had started to shift, which increased to 25-30 degrees during the following hours. On Feb 8 at 5.50 a.m. the ship sent distress calls, and around 07.00 a.m. it was reported that the crew was going to abandon the vessel, fearing it may capsize after attempts to get it back on even keel again had failed. The crew of 11, which consisted of five Georgians, five Turks - among them the master - and one Indian, boarded a lifeboat. 110 of them were pulled aboard the passing Malta-flagged cargo vessel "M. Izmir" (IMO: 9008079), which was coming from Istanbul and reached Constanta anchorage at 5.30 p.m. The rescued sailors were transferred aboard the lifeboat "Вяра" and later accomodated in a hotel at Varna. The Maritime Administration was puzzled why the crew stated there was no time to save the engine but all carried suitcases full of personal effects. The master followed aboard the tug "Elitsa" which had been ordered by the Bulgarian company Bon Marin totry to take the "Elland" to the nearest port which was Balchik, but the attempt had to be abandoned. The vessel had on board aboad 10 tons of fuel when it finally foundered at 4.30 p.m. Only a slight oil film was observed.
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The Dutch company Smit Salvage could not start draining the tanks of the foreship of the "Luno" as planned on Feb 7. While the bow was finally beached in a location easily accessible from land and tankers were placed close to the section, it was found that the fuel tank was damaged and deformed. An access hatch to the tank was not working and it was needed to puncture the hull carefully. The pumping operation should be restarted on Feb 8 around low tide. A Team of 14 started the work to penetrate the tank and installing a valve at 8 a.m., and due to suitable tides pumping of the diesel started at 10:40 a.m. A 12.15, the first truck left the beach with 24 tons fuel on board. Three more followed untikl 4.15. p.m. Also other hazardous materials such as 1,5 tons paint pots were removed. The tanks which were drained to the bottom had contained about 80 tons of oil The Brest Maritime Brigade meanwhile found out that the crew had not been at fault in the accident.
The crew was released without charge and now the harbor pilot would be interrogated as well as the crew of four of the tug "Balea" which had been reequested to assist by the pilot but had to retreat after having itself suffered water ingress in wavs of 7-8 meters and 130 km/h winds.
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