The "Baltic Performer" got in difficulties in heavy weather off south-west of the tip of Brittany, 112 miles south of Penmarc'h, on Oct 21 at 3 p.m.Part of the cargo of 6,120 tons of vegetables, arranged on pallets, had shifted, causing a portside list of 15 degrees. It asked for assistance in the morning of Oct 22, 2017. The emergency tug "Abeille Bourbon" was deployed as an escort. It sailed from Camaret at 7 p.m. and reached the reefer on Oct 22 at 2 a.m. The convoy headed for shelter in Brest. The reefer had sailed from Flushing on Oct 19 bound for Dakar and has a crew of 25 on board. Weather on scene was wind force 7 on the Beaufort scale and swell of 6 to 9 meters.
French report with photo:
Mutineers neutralized by special forces off Argentina
The "Friederike" requested assistance while en route from Lagos to Buenos Aires, reporting a mutiny on board. Four Nigerian stowaways mutinied and posed a threat to crew. The bulkcarrier was advised to change course and proceed to the AUDAZ Barreminas anchorage 40 miles southeast of Montevideo. Personnel of the frigate "ROU 01 - Uruguay", a support unit of the Naval Prefecture, a negotiator aling with the Reconnaissance Section of the Naval Fusiliers Corps boarded the vessel on Oct 21 after it approached to Montevideo, and neutralized the stowaways. They were disembarked at Montevideo, then the ship was moored at Montevideo anchorage.
The master of the "MSC Giannina", the 54-year-old Ukrainian Juri Kharytonov, was reported missing on Oct 19, 2017, in pos. 13 53N 013 43E in the Tyrrhenian sea, while the vessel was en route from Gioia Tauro to Genoa. He was last seen on board at the beginning of the night. Alert was raised after a thorough search of the whole ship by the crew of 22, which turned around to retrace the stretch of sea between Corsica and Elba in search of the cman at sea. The CROSS Med in Corsica coordinated an SAR operation with its Italian counterpart. All day Italian aircraft and helicopter, assisted by the French authoorites, tried to find the missing sailor. A Puma Helicopter stationed at the Solenzarra Air Base and a Falcon 50 of the Navy Base in Lann Bihoué were deployed as well as the SNSM boats of Macinaggio and Bastia. The Maritime Prefect of the Mediterranean decided to stop the search at 7.17 p.m..
The ship continued its voyage under the command of the Chief Officer, arriving at the Voltri Port in Genoa and was berthed at Polmare Terminal at 10.30 p.m. where it was seized. The Genoa police boarded the vessel to interrogate the crew.