Skipper and crew member of cargo ship released by terrorists
Park Chul Hong, the skipper of the "Dongbang Giant 2", was greeted by the former Sulu governor Abdusakur Tan at Jolo airport in Sulu on Jan 14, 2017. He was held in captivity by the militant Abu Sayyaf group for nearly three months before he returned to Korea on Jan 15, a day after his release from the southern Philippine island of Jolo. Park Chul Hong arrived at Incheon International Airport at around 4:30 a.m. While the captain's health was not bad, he was to be hospitalised for thorough medical check-up. Park and Filipino crew Glenn Alindajao were released in the morning of Jan 14 by the Abu Sayyaf, under an arrangement negotiated with the help of rebels belonging to the Moro National Liberation Front. They were then flown out of the island by a presidential adviser on peace efforts. Their vessel was sailing to Australia from South Korea when 10 Abu Sayyaf terrorists boarded it in October 2016 and abducted Park and Alindajao. The government had not paid a ransom. The ship's owner negotiated with the terrorist group who allegedly threatened to kill the hostages unless it received a ransom. The Korean Foreign Ministry also supported the release effort alongside its Filipino counterpart.
Supply stop at Vancouver before returning to long time anchorage
The "Hanjin Vienna" entered the port of Vancouver on Jan 14, 2017, before returning to the anchorage off Constance Bank near Victoriaperhaps after a supply run — which it has done a few times. The 22-member crew and vessel were held in limbo while financial details were being sorted out. The fate of that ship and crew was not known at this time.
The crew of the "Hanjin Scarllet" which was being stranded in the Gulf Islands for months was preparing to go home this week. The ship and its 16-member crew have been stuck off the B.C. coast since early September 2016 when Hanjin Shipping went bankrupt and operations around the world were left in limbo with unpaid bills. The captain of the "Hanjin Scarlet" that the ship had been sold and the crew would be sent home. Six were from Korea and the rest are Filipino. The crew being paid and provided for, including Internet access to speak to their families.
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A life boat fell off the "Grandeur of the Seas" in Charleston Harbor in the afternoon of Jan 16, 2017, and capsized.
No one was on the boat, and no injuries were reported. Staff from the ship attempted to retrieve the life boat and a team from the Coast Guard was to assess any potential pollution impacts.
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The US Coast Guard and good Samaritans responded to the "Alliance St. Louis" which caught fire 150 miles south of Southwest Pass in the morning of Jan 16, 2017. Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received a report at 3:28 a.m. from the National Command Center of an electrical fire in the engine room of the vessel which was enroute from Port Arthur to Jacksonville. The Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile launched an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew who conducted an over flight of the vessel and confirmed that the fire had been extinguished by the crewmembers.
The "Alliance St. Louis" was on emergency power and drifting approximately 135 miles southwest of Southwest Pass with 20 crewmembers aboard and safely accounted for.
The tug "Mariya Moran" was on scene with the vessel. The "Alliance St. Louis" was awaiting the salvage tug "Crosby Endeavor" to arrive on scene and take it in tow to Port Arthur, Texas. At approximately 10:00 a.m.the Coast Guard Cutter "Brant" got underway to provide additional assistance and release the "Mariya Moran". No injuries or pollution have been reported.
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On Jan 15, 2017, the "Südkap" suffered engine failure during the transit of the Kiel Canal locks in Kiel Holtenau at 11.20 a.m. The ship was enroute from St. Petersburg to Beira. It could continue the voyage after repairs around 3 p.m.
A crew member of the "HC Jette Marit" was winched off and flown to hospital after he had a suspected heart attack. A lifeboat crew made a brave effort to treat the Ukrainian chief engineer after he fell ill on Jan 13, 2017, at 1 p.m. four miles east of Sunderland. The man at first refused to be taken off the ship by helicopter, but agreed to be taken ashore by sea and the Tynemouth RNLI crew were scrambled. Sea conditions were very bad with strong northerly winds, a tidal surge and a swell of one to five metres. Conditions worsened after two RNLI crew members got on board to treat him, so the coastguard rescue helicopter was then called in from Humberside Airport, arriving at 4.18 p.m. The sick man and the crew members were winched off the ship because it was too dangerous for the RNLI men to get back on board their vessel. The chief engineer was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, and was well enough to walk off the helicopter.
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