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 Ornak  (Bulk Carrier)
19 min ago by Timsen

Salvage off Virginia Beach due to start
The Coast Guard on Apr 17 was reviewing plans for the salvage of the "Ornak" which was scheduled to begin Apr 18 morning near First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. Ballast water was to be pumped off the vessel in the morning and tug boats would attempt to remove the vessel at high tide, which was expected at approximately 10:45 a.m. Once the vessel was freed, it was to be moved to Lynnhaven Anchorage for a hull inspection to be completed by a dive team. Once the ship was deemed safe, the Coast Guard would remove the captain of the port restrictions and allow the vessel to be put back into service. Report with photos and video:

 MV Gassan  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Crude Oil Tanker)
2 hours ago by arnekiel

4 MOL-operated/managed vessels selected as 2013 "Best Quality Ships"
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that the following four MOL-operated and managed vessels were selected for FY2013 "Best Quality Ship Award" (seven vessels receive awards) by the Japan Federation of Pilots' Associations, the company said in its press release. LNG carrier "Energy Frontier" Containership "MOL Majesty" VLCC "Gassan" Car carrier "Swift Ace" The award is aimed at heightening awareness of the need to protect harbors and the marine environment through safe operation of oceangoing vessels and was first awarded in 2003. The awards are commended to "vessels considered superior by pilots" by JFPA. For FY2013 awards, seven vessels were selected from among ships that requested pilots at pilotage districts throughout Japan in September and October. Among the seven, four were operated and managed by MOL, as proof of appropriate cooperation with pilots by the captains and crew members of the vessels, and of their high level of onboard equipment and boarding/disembarking facilities. JFPA, whose precursor was the Japan Pilots Association, was founded by 35 of Japan's pilot associations in 2007 when the piloting law was revised.

 Sewol  (Passenger Ship)
12 hours ago by Timsen

25 bodies recovered
Until the morning of Apr 18 LT divers have recovered on the whole 25 bodies, most of them were found drifting in the sea. Among the dead was one crew member. More than 250 persons were still missing. 101 passengers of the "Sewol" were still in Hospital, five of them in critical state. More than 500 divers were still searching for victims, 103 ships and 29 helicopters of the Coastguard, Navy and Airforce were on scene. Three divers were carried away by strong currents and were timewise missing before a fishing boat rescued them. An Investigation was launched against the 69 year old master of the ferry. It was thought that due to a sudden change of course the vehicles and containers on board may have shifted to port. The ferry was carrying 180 vehicles and 1100 tons of cargo. She was not overloaded as she was allowed to carry 921 passengers, 180 vehicles and 152 containers. It was to be investigated whether later additions to the superstructure may have had influence on the stability of the ship.

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