Cruise ship diverted course in hurrican force storm
The "Anthem of the Seas" encountered a severe storm off the Southeast Coast late on Feb 7, 2016, so that furniture overturned in public rooms or was being damaged otherwise, as parts of the ceiling gave way as the ship was rocking, prompting the captain to change course, and passengers being confined to their rooms. The ship had left New York for a weeklong roundtrip to the Bahamas on Feb 6 but ran into foul weather one day later during its transit to Port Canaveral. In an abundance of caution, the Captain asked all guests to stay in their staterooms until the weather improved. The ship diverted course as a precautionary measure until the weather was improving. The ship was due in Port Canaveral on Feb 8 around midday.
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The SNSM-lifeboat "Pierre R. Graham" of the station Croisic towed a lifeboat broken off from the starboard side of the "Modern Express" to port on FEb 5. The boat was spotted by the trawler "Noirmoutier" drifting off Belle-Ile. The CROSS Etel dipsatched the lifeboat to retrieve the boat which posed a danger to navigation.
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The "SBI Flamenco", which was towed to Le Havre anchorage area on Jan 30 following an engine failure, has been docked at the Multibulks Center in Le Havre on Feb 5 after almost a week's wait. The ship was pulled into the lock François by the tugs "VB Yport", "VB Sainte-Adresse" and "VB Fécampthe" and docked in the late morning for repairs once spare parts are available.
The ship was enroute from Riga to Brazil with a cargo of 76,000 tons of coal when she suffered a cylinder problem in the Caskets traffic separation scheme 35 miles northwest Cherbourg, on Jan 29. After the crew failed to carry out repairs, the "Abeille Liberté" was asked to pull the bulk carrier to safety.
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The Society of Quebec Ferries (STQ) cancelled the crossing of the "F.A. Gauthier" on Feb 7, 2016, at 6 p.m. from Matane and at 8 p.m. from Baie-Comeau due to problems with the generators. The ferry remained sidlined in Matane.
STQ has chartered buses to transport passengers between Matane and Baie-Comeau. It could not be confirmed whether the vessel would be able to resume the service on Feb 8.
In the early morning of Feb 8 the tug "Fairmount Expedition" (IMO:9358943) as the last ship involved in the salvage of the "CSCL Indian Ocean" near Wedel reached the Elbe estuary after Smit Salvage was contracted with the refloating of the ship. It had sailed from Rotterdam on Feb 7. Already on Feb 4 the "Union Manta" (IMO: 9261487l) eft Rotterdam and reached Bützfleth the follwong day. Both vessels have more than 200 tons pulling force each and will be the core of the tug fleet of 12 vessels and more than 1000 tons pulling force which will be involved in the salvage attempt which will start on Feb 9 at 3 a.m., among them also the strongest tugs based in Hamburg, under the command of captain Wytse Huisman. During the weekend Smit jointly with the classification society DNV-GL from Hamburg developed a salvage plan. At the same time the dredgers "Barent Zaanen" and "Causeway" and the "Njörd" (IMO: 8650409) and "Razende Bol" (MMSI: 244963000) with flushing lances removed large amounts of sediment around the grounding site. In the morning of Feb 8 the tugs "Bugsier 10", "Dhamra", "SD Dolphin" and "SD Rover" were on standby at the "CSCL Indian Ocean".
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