MOL-operated Bulker Tohmisan Maru Receives AFRAS AMVER Award -Commended for Rescue of Shipwrecked Seafarers off Guam
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its operated bulker Tohmisan Maru received the AFRAS AMBER Award at the AFRAS Annual Awards Ceremony for 2015 held in Washington D.C. on September 9. The AFRAS AMVER Award is presented by the Association for Rescue at Sea, Inc. (AFRAS), an organization made up of retired members of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy. The award honors the merchant vessel that made the most remarkable rescue effort during the previous year. The Tohmisan Maru (called the C.S. Sunshine at the time) rescued 24 Chinese seafarers whose cargo ship was taking on water 700km west of Guam on January 20, 2014. Source: MOL
Ship Shuffle for Celestyal Cruises as Odyssey is Out, Gemini In
Celestyal Cruises will see some fleet changes as the Celestyal Odyssey will move out of the fleet at the end of October, to be replaced by the Gemini, which will be renamed Celestyal Nephele, according to reports.
The Odyssey came to Celestyal on a three-year charter agreement earlier this year, having most recently sailed for Semester at Sea. The ship was originally built as the Olympia Explorer in 2001.
The Gemini will be delivered to the company in early 2016 and is slightly bigger with capacity for 1,074 passengers.
The Olympia Explorer was one of two sister ships built for Royal Olympic Cruises in the early 2000s. The other ship is now the 840-passenger Chinese Taishan, operating for Bohai Ferry in the Chinese cruise market. www.cruiseindustr...
The "Folgefonn" had to quit the Jektavik-Nordhuglo-Hodnanes service in the foremidday of Sep 14, 2014, and was docked in Jektavik. The ferry had a problem with the cooling problem system, and a frequeny converter should resolve the trouble, but it was uncertain how long it would take to get the problems sorted out. The Ferry was replaced by the "Fitjar".
The ferry service between Flakk and Rørvik was served with only two ferries on Sep 14, 2015, after the "Tresfjord" was sidelined in Trondheim due to a technical fault with the propeller system. The ferry company Fjord 1 was working to find the error, but did not know when the "Tresfjord" would be operational again.
The crew aboard the "Røst" had a rehearsal on Sep 12, 2015, and was checking out rescue rockets which were expired in spite of the company regulations that they must be destroyed. The ferry was docked in Svolvær dawhen the rocket was fired. It flew through a large Workshop hall to Skarvik Mek in Osan, passed the heavily trafficked E10 between Kabelvåg and Svolvær, then a pedestrian- and bicycle path before hitting the window of a new car in front of the car store Lofoten Bil in Osan. The damage to the vehicle was estimated to be between 50000 and 80000 Norwegian Crowns.
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Autopsy carried out on body of woman who fell over board
The Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy on the body of a 59-year-old woman who fell off athe "Seabourn Quest" on Sep 11 at 7 p.m. while the ship was bound for Bar Harbor. The Coast Guard, which helped with the recovery of the woman’s body about 10 miles off Cape Ann in Massachusetts, said the investigation has been turned over to the FBI which had nothing further to say about the investigation until the autopsy has been completed.
Rescued single hand sailor medevaced from ore carrier ahead of arrival in port
Rescue authorities were hoping to reunite a rescued sailor with his cat after the pet remained on the "Shi Dai 8" that plucked the pair from a liferaft off the Australian Mid West coast. Grant MacDonald, 54, was flown by helicopter to Geraldton in the afternoon of Sep 12 after becoming ill aboard the ore carrier. MacDonald had set off a distress signal after his 13 m yacht "Osprey" had started taking on water in the morning of Sep 11 as he sailed home from Carnarvon. He was released from hospital on Sep 13 and authorities hoped to reunite him with his cat when the ship arrived in Geraldton port. Water police was fortunate Mr MacDonald had the right safety equipment and AMSA thanked the "Shi Dai 8" crew for their swift response.
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On Sep 11, 2015, the "Ocean Gordon" capsized and sank in the port of Vancouver. A vessel of the Coast Guard arrived on the scene 11 minutes after the distress call which was sent out at 6 p.m. The tug was towing a gravel filled barge of 15 meters length when it sank in a shallow area near the Centerm Terminal, east of Crab Park in Burrard Inlet. The crew of two was rescued from the water. The drifting barge was taken in tow by another tug. There were no sign of pollution observed by units of Port Metro Vancouver and the Canadian Coast Guard. The authorities were preparing to raise the tug, and the company responsible for clean up pollution in the Port of Vancouver, the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, was ready to respond to spills.
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The fire brigade of Rotterdam was dealing with smoke development in the container cargo of the "Barzan" at the RWG Terminal in Maasvlkate II after it was esteemed safe to let the ship, which had come from Port Klang, into port on Sep 11. The compartment with the five affected containers which were destined for Rotterdam was flooded before the ship berthed at the ECT-terminal where the boxes were unloaded on Sep 13. Once on the quay smoke development started again, and the containers, which were partially loaded with batteries, were flooded once more.
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