The "Samskip Akrafell" was refloated on Sep 6 around midnight. Five crew members plus the captain were aboard the ship when it was pulled off. No pollution has been observed. The "Aðalsteinn Jónsson" started towing the vessel towards Reyðarfjordur where the ships were expected within four hours. The Coast Guard vessel "Aegir" remained on standby.
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The Odisha Excise and Cooperation Minister Damodar Rout on Sep 6, 2014, demanded a CBI probe into the entry of the "Black Rose" into Paradip Port, where it sank in 2009.Rout said the ship authorities had submitted fake and forged documents to anchor the ship in port area. The central investigating agency should inquire how the ship was allowed to anchor in the breakwater of the Paradip port without a valid license and permission. He further said wreckage of the cargo ship posed a threat to shipping.
Nobody was held responsible or accountable for the incident. The Singapore-based owners and operators of the vessel went underground after the incident. The local shipping agent operated its business under a different name. The PPT had to cough up Rs 20 crore to remove the fuel oil in the ship which was creating pollution hazard in the coast. The ship owners were reportedly operating the ship with forged certificates, which escaped the eyes of the international and port community. The ship was carrying 23,847 tons of iron ore capsized on Sep 9, 2009.
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Samskip Akrafell aground on rocks off Reyðarfjordur
The "Samskip Akrafell", while enroute to Reyðarfjordur, ran aground on a skerry by Vattarnes between Reyðarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður on Sep 6, 2014, shortly after 4 a.m. The ship started leaking, and all SAR units in the East Fjords were called out.
Approximately 20 minutes later the first rescue vessels had arrived. Some units traveled to the scene by land. At 12.40, the Coast Guard helicopter TF-SYN deployed divers. The Reyðarfjörður fire squad was called out due to risk of pollution. The Coast Guard vessel "Aegir" transferred pumps aboard at noon. The ship's crew of 13, coming from East Europe and the Philippines with an Ukrainian captain, immediately started pumping water out of, but couldn’t cope with the flooding. SAR volunteers boarded the "Samskip Akrafell" with more pumps. The "Athelstan Jónsson - SU 11" took aboard six of the crew. Also the "Vilhelm Thorsteinsson - EA 11" stood by the ship. The Coast Guard vessel "Thor" was dispatched from Reykjavik and expected on scene in the midday hours of Sep 7. In the run of the day, there was still more water leaking into the engine room than could be pumped out of it. Divers examined the hull in order to attempt to patch the leak. In the afternoon it looked like they succeeded to do so after having entered the engine room under complicated circumstances, while others were checking the ship's bottom from outside. The Coast Guard surveillance aircraft TF-SIF was Monitoring the site in the afternoon to collect information regarding possible Pollution, but so far, no oil leak has been reported. The vessel has on board 140 cbm oil. 20 people were involved in the SAR Operation, six of the crew, four of the Coast Guard and eleven of rescue forces.
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The Coast Guard medevaced an 84-year-old woman from the "Oosterdam" near Glacier Bay on Sep 5, 2014. Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau recieved notification from the "Oosterdam" who reported the woman was possibly suffering from a stroke. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac and the helicopter crew was launched from Air Station Sitka. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka hoisted the woman from the cruise ship and safely transferred her to emergency medical services in Juneau.
The "American Spirit" was refloated in the early morning of Sep 5, 2014. Before, the Coast Guard Sault Ste. Marie marine inspectors received and approved a salvage plan from the American Steamship Company. The plan included lightering 5,700 tons of taconite from the Bulkcarrier to the freighter "Sam Laud".
After being refloated, the freighter anchored in St. Ignace, Michigan, where it was inspected by Coast Guard marine inspectors and American Bureau Shipping surveyors prior to the vessel getting underway again. No pollution or flooding resulted from the grounding or from the refloating operations.
Meanwhile the ship has been cleared by Coast Guard marine inspectors to proceed to its next port of call. On Sep 7 it berthed in the 'Indiana Harbor of Chicago.
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The "Omskiy-107" ran aground on Sep 4, 2014, at around 2 a.m. Moscow time at 2227 kilometer mark on the river Volga, while leaving the port of loading, Privolzhxkoye, with 2765 tons of barley on board, and being destined for Iran. No damages reported.
The police was called after two stowaways were found aboard the "Dintelborg" in the afternoon of Sep 5, 2014, in the Frier Fjord. The crew discovered two stowaways in a cargo hold and arrested them in a cabin. They had no documents and spoke poor English. They have been taken ashore for further questioning.
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DRAVO COSTA DORADA completed dredging in port of Koper.
Dredged the basin I ( container terminal )- new depth is - 14,5 m. And Koper is ready for bigger container vessels.
Dredging done by Dutch - Van Oord.