A French crew member was taken from the "Astrolabe" in a critical condition to the Royal Hobart Hospital on Jan 30, 2014, after suffering from a serious illness at sea. A police SAR helicopter airlifted the welder from the "Astrolabe", which sails to and from the Dumont d'Urville Antarctic research Station. The helicopter met the ice-breaking research vessel about 120 nautical miles south of Cockle Creek after 5 p.m. The vessel had travelled north to meet the helicopter. The pilot's first landing attempt was unsuccessful because of the rough conditions, which forced a doctor and paramedic to navigate a distance of about a metre from the helicopter to the helipad of the unsteady vessel. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority reported the man's illness to police about 10am on Thursday, but at that time the vessel was too far south from Tasmania - more than 200 nautical miles. The helicopter returned to Hobart about 7 p.m. The "Astrolabe" docked in Hobart on Jan 31 at 9.30 a.m.
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The RNLI’s Barrow lifeboat station launched the all weather Tamar class lifeboat on Jan 31, 2014, at 9.50 a.m. to go to the assistance of the guardship "Temeraire" reported to be taking on water. At 9.35 a.m. the Liverpool Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the lifeboat to attend the wind farm guard vessel travelling inbound to Barrow Port which had reported that the vessel with three people aboard was taking on water. A flood of 10 metres was expected at 11.30 a.m. which caused a powerful tidal run made worse by the force 7 near gale from the south east. At the time of launch the weather was fine, but it soon began to throw heavy sleet showers which reduced visibility. The lifeboat "Grace Dixon" was soon alongside the disabled vessel which was also suffering a lack of engine power.
Two crewmen crossed to the casualty vessel carrying the lifeboats salvage pump and after a quick assessment began to pump sea water out of the engine compartment. Having removed the water from within the vessel she was then taken under tow and the two crewmen could see that water was still leaking into the vessel from the area of the sea-cock. The ship was towed to the Barrow Dock System and safely moored there.
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The Nigerian Navy has intercepted the "Kerala" believed to have been hijacked off the coast of Luanda after a four-days search in the Gulf of Guinea using the Nigerian Navy remote surveillance system, and search patrols. The vessel was currently under Ghanaian custody in the Port of Tema and Interpol operatives were investigating the circumstances of the hijack of the ship. On Jan 23, the Navy had received a report from the International Maritime Bureau, IMB, that tanker had been hijacked off Luanda in Angola. A subsequent report from IMB on Jan 25 located her about 50 NM South West of tthe Pennington Oil Terminal in Nigeria. In a swift response, three patrol vessels were deployed to search for the ship. Two other vessels, the tanker "Itri" and the tug "Gare" were reportedly in the vicinity of the "Kerala" conducting ship-to-ship transfer of products with the latter being in gross violation of existing regulations in Nigeria. The "Itri" was tracked to the Lagos area and arrested by a Nigerian Naval team and NIMASA personnel. The conduct of illegal ship-to ship transfer, if proven, constituted a violation of existing regulations in Nigeria. The uncooperative attitude of the ship’s crew and owners after the pirates released the ship as claimed, left much to be desired. The navy was awaiting the outcome of the investigation by Interpol, Nigeria’s High Commission in Ghana, Angola and Ghana Navies. It was believed that the ship’s crew would be in a better position to provide useful information on possible collaborators in the purported hijack.
On Jan 31, 2014, at 3.50 p.m. the police in Kristiansund received notification of development of smoke aboard the "Viking Queen" The ship was docked in the western base in Kristiansund. Fire trucks and other emergency services were on site. It was found out that the smoke emerged from an installation in the engine room. The situation was under control within short time.
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The "Siderfly" has been sold to the Danish company Fornaes for breaking up. The ship had been docked in the inner port of Brunsbüttel since it was raised from the Kiel Canal shore for around three months as the owner did not intend to repair it nor did he find a buyer.